Behind The Mojo Band
Pearly has always been passionate about music, but it wasn’t until she was pulled on stage by her older sister that she considered a career in the industry. Since then, Pearly hasn’t looked back. After beginning her training in Queenstown with Margaret O’Hanlon, Pearly enrolled in Wellington’s Performing Arts Centre musical theatre course to further her studies. During the course she was awarded the Richard Newell Stevenson Scholarship for singing. Upon completion of her studies, Pearly joined cabaret group `The Beat Girls’ for two years while she performed in various shows in the Wellington region including `The Life of Judy Garland’, a two-woman show with well-established actress Ellie Smith. Pearly recently returned from Jakarta and Bali where she had a lead role with international band `S.O.S.’, performing in-house at six-star hotel The Ritz Carlton.
Put in his own words ``Music is my game and my life’’. Shay lives for performing, and listening to music and loves being part of an exciting band with a group of like-minded musicians. Shay has been singing and dancing since he can remember and performed his first paid gig at the tender age of 14. Ever since then he has been involved in the music industry and has played in bands with some of New Zealand’s top artists including Jason Kerrison and members of the Feelers. In 1998, Shay and OpShop frontman Kerrison were first runners up in New Zealand’s televised Showcase event and won a trip to New Orleans.
Shay’s musical influences are very broad and encompass a wide variety of artists including everyone from Bob Marley to Iron Maiden. He is very fond of classic rockers Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Doobie Brothers and also enjoys modern rock – citing The Killers and Kings of Leon as favourites. Although he has a strong interest in the rock genre, Shay also enjoys Electro/Dance and Reggae.
Ned (Hot Ocean) Webster
His humour, mana and experience is a big part of Mojos success. Churr!
Mark Wilson is a brilliant pianist, keyboardist, singer and is totally blind, since birth. Since joining Mojo he has given Mojo a whole new sound. He has an amazing ear and feel for music and Mojo are very grateful to have him as a member.
Mark has been a local of QT for many years and been involved in many musical productions. Hi professionalism and experience is invaluable to the growth and sound of Mojo.
Connor Williams (lead guitarist/vocals) is our newest and youngest Mojo member and the only true local having been born and bred in Queenstown.
Connor is a very talented musician, is influenced by many genres, and is the perfect fit for Mojo. He has been heavily involved in our local music scene from a very young age and has been the opening act on a few occasions for International artists performing at the renowned Gibbston Valley concerts.
Connor is a great performer and we are very proud to have him as part of the team.