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Mercy High Grad Ready For National Breakout

Of the Oakland Press

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Tonight’s show opening for Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers will be something of a homecoming for MoZella McDonald.

The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter was raised in Redford and Livonia, graduated from Farmington Hills Mercy High School (where she was captain of the golf team) and cut her performing teeth in coffeehouses around that area. Her song “Amazed” has been used in Mercedes-Benz ads, while “Light Years Away” appeared on the soundtrack album for TV’s “One Tree Hill.”

And following a fi vesong EP that came out in 2005, she’s preparing for the Nov. 7 release of her debut album, “I Will.”

“I’m gonna put the record out and probably tour for the rest of my life,” says MoZella, 24, who’s also opened for the

Dave Matthews Band, Lifehouse and Daniel Powter. “This (tour) I’m on now is a smaller one. It’s a good way to reconnect with the fans I’d made on bigger tours and keep building my relationship with them.”

MoZella says that she’s “a Detroit girl still” — which includes rooting for the Tigers as the World Series starts this weekend. But she has no qualms about having moved West, saying that calling her album “I Will” reflects the attitude she’s taken towards establishing her career.

“I felt that after all I’d gone through to get to this place in my life, I needed to make a statement about what got me through it all,” MoZella explains. “The mantra of ‘I Will’ is what got me through all the waitressing jobs and sleazy music business people I met and to this place in my life.”

MoZella performs with Steven Kellogg & the Sixers and Tyler James Friday (October 20th) at the Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor. Doors open at 9 p.m. Cover is $14. Call (734) 996-8555 or visit

Web Site: www.blindpigmusic.com

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