Mixed Water concocts an emotion like a strong, elixir to the palate of sound. Immersing the audience, but never drowning the experience. The history of the greats, and the creation of something greater, that is the essence of Mixed Water
While waiting for the band director at Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk VA, Aaron McCoy followed the sound of such an intense melody it enticed him to pick up his saxophone and play. The maestro of that melody was none other than Christopher Evans. But on a chance encounter at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina the music collaboration began under the guidance of Charles Brown. In 2000 Brandi Q. Hancock, a Shaw student who had taken time off to concentrate on her acting career was asked to perform with the choir on one of their tour stops in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Chris Evans was the student accompanist and the musical marriage began. Chris would then accompany Brandi on several solo opportunities and invited Aaron and the rest of the crew to perform together as one unit at a student fashion show.
From there the formal invitation was extended to her by Aaron to join the group which at the time had another name. Around the same time fate would have it that Jonathan a trombone player and Jermone a bass, and tuba player from Williamsburg, VA were neighbors with Aaron McCoy, and with an open invention to a midnight jam session the Randall Twins became official members of the crew. Donald Mitchell who is the cousin of Chris rounded out the group on the trumpet. Donald moved to Minnesota to pursue his Doctorate in Educational Policy and Administration. In his absence a freshman from Atlanta, GA by the name of Andre Bernard joined in the fall of 2006. Montrell Parker by recommendation of a former member joined the band 5 days before the 2006 summer season.
Having performed for or with such artist as, The O’Jay’s, Natalie Cole, Clifton Davis, L.L. Cool J., Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singer’s, The Manhattan’s, The North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Jazz Ensemble, Surface, Victor Brooks, LeAnne Faine, Melvin Williams, Evelyn Turrentine Agee, Tracey Worth and Shirley Caesar, Sheila Johnson, Kathy Hughes, and many more.
Mixed Water has performed at several local venues such as the Women’s Empowerment VIP Breakfast Sponsored by Radio One-which is the largest expo of its kind, Artspace and the Durham Parks and Recreation Summer Festival Series. They were also invited to be the personal musical guest of Reg Weaver, President of the National Education Association. They are currently the house band at Zydeco Downtown, a restaurant, and lounge owned and operated by former New England Patriot and Super Bowl Champion Antwan Harris in Raleigh, North Carolina. .
No matter what you put into it, be it Gospel, Blues, Jazz, Rock, or Funk it is still going to be Music. Fusing inspiration and stirring ideas, their music invites the listener into the sounds of something familiar, while imparting you to dip into the sounds of something fresh and original. They treat all audiences to a tall glass of Mixed Water quenching the thirst for good music to all who hear. Pouring out all of their hearts and souls into "The Glass".