Todd Simpson of Mojo Child Special Acoustic Night
June 30 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Todd Simpson of Mojo Child at Moonlight on the Mountain for a special acoustic night of story telling.
Todd picked up a harmonica the age of 8 while his dad ( Wes ) and a friend were playing guitars. Being able to play immediately Todd
shared the stage with blues legend Willie King 3 days later at a major festival. Playing a fifty minute set Todd took solo breaks on every song. At the end of the 3 day festival Todd’s performance was named as one of the Top Ten Highlights of the festival. Todd continued play thru the south with old school bluesmen for the next few years. As a senior in high school Todd watched a Jimi Hendrix video and told his dad that he thought he wanted to do “that”. Being an auditory learner his dad was having a hard time teaching Todd to play the same as he would teach someone else. While his dad was pondering the situation Todd began to play “ VooDoo Chile”. His dad began to play chord progressions and the music began to flow from Todd. After an hour his dad went downstairs to get his mother ( Ina ) and told her “you have got to see this”. That was the beginning of Todd Simpson
and Mojo Child. He played his first gig as a guitar player about a week later and has been doing it ever since. With in months he entered a local Battle of the Blues Band competition In Birmingham Al. and won. He advanced to the International Blues Challenge In Memphis Tn.
with 164 competitors from 32 countries and was one of the final 8 competing for the title of King Of Beale Street. Todd and his band,
with their unique ability to improvise and follow Todd’s cues, have shared stages with acts such as The Marshal Tucker Band, The Allman
Brothers Band, Phil Lesh and Friends, Huey Lewis, Paul Thorn, Charlie Daniels, Vinny Martel and others. Todd has played hundreds of
shows across many states introducing crowds to a unique style of music that blends blues ,soul, rock and even hip hop together in a pure
and natural way. Todd released a self produced CD “ Kaleidoscope” that contains ten of his original songs. His second release ‘The
Powerof Love’ will be out in April 2016. Perhaps it is necessary to experience these hard times to fully realize our gifts but one thing is
sure and that is that Todd Simpson is pure and real and he connects with audiences because he is able to emotionally connect with the
songs that he sings. It is often expressed by observers that they have never witnessed more passion and emotion from an artist and he is
often referred to as a vessel for the music. This only confirms to Todd and his inner circle that he is doing exactly what he was put here
to do ,as well as confirming the power that music has to make a difference in peoples lives.
Todd was fortunate enough to be a part of a movie , “Lifted” in 2010 . Todd portrayed himself in the film and two of his original songs are
featured in the film. Todd has also been involved with Foundations such as The Dempster Foundation benefitting 22Q and The
International 22q11.2 Foundation as well as many other charities
Todd Simpson is a young singer/guitarist from a small town in Alabama. Todd was born with DiGeorge / 22Q Syndrome. Requiring major heart surgery one day afterbirth Todd’s difficult Journey began. As a young child Todd spent over 750 days in the hospital enduring multiple heart surgeries, years of tube feedings, combined immune deficiency and a multitude of other problems. Due to 22Q,Todd also suffered from severe dyslexia. He speaks with a speech impediment that is not present when he sings. Despite all the challenges Todd was bestowed many gifts as well. Todd has the ability to see music in color. He says that he just plays the colors. Todd is the true definition of a
creative artist. A prolific writer, Todd writes all of his songs on stage. Todd has a very unique ability to connect with audiences on a very emotional level. Any one that has seen a Todd Simpson performance knows that they have witnessed something that in that moment never to happen the same again. Todd has been quoted as saying “ I believe that music should be real and full of emotion. If I’m being real, and I don’t feel the same as did yesterday, how can my music be exactly the same. I believe music should played to affect others.
“Amazingly with all of Todd’s early challenges , and with the work of many great doctors, Todd has overcome his challenges and thrives
today. Todd has only been unable to perform only one time in over 2000 shows. Todd is very comfortable talking to others about his
dyslexia, in fact he almost sees it at a responsibility. He speaks to schools about his “disabilities”. He likes to say “ music is not my gift. My
gift is what I always thought were my ‘disabilities’. Now I know that they are my ‘abilities’. Music isn’t the gift, it is the catalyst to get the
message out that we all have been given something special, we just have to find it.