Jody Mulgrew (ASCAP)

Abe Olman Scholarship, 2012

Jody was raised in (and can often be found) a tiny town about 100 miles up the California coast from Santa Barbara. After studying Vocal Jazz and Classical Voice and touring the U.S. and Europe with award-winning vocal ensembles, he formed old-time-americana outfit The Johnny Starlings with friend and collaborator Yohei Shikano.

The group released an album “Aiming Too High”  and an E.P. “Be My Baby Bright”  and had an unreleased song “Slow-dance” featured on A Prairie Home Companion as sung by Inga Swearingen, before disbanding.

His debut solo album, Rocket Ship was released September 1st, 2011. Wasting little time, “Rocket Ship” won “Best Album” at the New Times Music Awards in October, and his song “I Will Not Fall in Love with you Again,” was awarded First Place in the Durango Songwriters Expo “Write with a Hit-Maker” Songwriting Contest in March of 2012.

In his spare time, you can find Jody skipping rope, fondling figuoas at the local farmer’s market, and performing with side-projects Missionary Men and Heartbreak Hill. 

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