Taking inspiration from artist such as Foxy Brown, Eve, The Bride of Funkenstein and Parliament Funkadelic, Nashville’s Mocha has become a force to be reckoned with since its creation in 2014. Mocha’s sound is described as, “playful, poised, and purposeful. Not only is it dynamic, is it a jam, does it bop, and all that”(Now/It’s), it’s a versatile sound that’s great live and on record. In 2018 Mocha released their first EP, “Snack Time Honey”.
“If Snack Time Honey is a sign of things to come, then there’s a lot to look forward to from Mocha. It might just be a snack, but it’s one hell of a tasty morsel.”
Made up of members Sakari Greenwell (vocals, production), and Sheila Graves (bass, production), Mocha was formed during Greenwell and Graves’ freshman year at college. More than just recording music, the band prides themselves on having live instrumentation at their shows--whether it's in a one room club, or music festival. The band solidified their presence in Nashville’s club scene playing at popular venues like Acme Feed & Seed, Exit/In, 3rd and Lindsley, and Mercy Lounge. Since 2015, the band has opened for Chance the Rapper and T-Pain at the Vanderbilt “Rites of Spring” music festival, performed at Musician’s Corner, Nashville’s long-running outdoor concert series and headlined Nashville’s Bacon, Eggs and Kegs festival at the Nashville Sounds Stadium.
"Greenwell and Graves make up one of Nashville's most promising funk and groove groups, MOCHA, and after nearly half a decade of finding their footing, the duo is as poised as ever to roll around town with the smooth grit and grind that only a Parliament-influenced group can do."
— Sean McHugh, Now/ Its: Nashville
November 3rd, 2017
"Nashville – There’s a high demand for good, live R&B in this music-rich city, but unfortunately, it’s met with limited supply. Enter Mocha: possibly the youngest, funkiest, and most energetic R&B group to hit the Music City scene in a long while. .. Although they’re relatively new around here, one would never know after watching them perform, because they exhibit mastery both on stage and on the floor with the crowd that even seasoned performers fail to grasp.”
— Amaryllis Lyle, BestNewBands.com
December 10th, 2015
"Nashville’s own Mocha is a soulful R&B and Funk band that captures the sounds of the 70′s but with a modern approach. The result is an exuberant arrangement sure to make anyone want to get up and dance. Be sure to check out the fresh stylings of Mocha”
— Songspace, American Songwriter
February 26th, 2015