The troupe became aware of Mo on March 23, 2007, at a Naperville, Illinois, bluegrass festival. He and his family observed a troupe performance at the Haven Middle School in Evanston about two weeks later and his first MWAH! performance was April 18, 2007, at Serena Grade School in Serena, Illinois.
Mo graduated from high school in June 2010 and has been touring at various bluegrass festivals around the country as part of his family’s bluegrass band,”Morgan Daniels Band”. Also performing from time to time with the troupe are Mo’s brother, Blake, and his sister, Holly. They lived in Cherry Valley, Illinois, located next to Rockford.
Mo, a guitarist and singer/songwriter who was born in Rockford, Illinois, and raised in Cherry Valley, has relocated with his family to Nashville and plans to release his first single to mainstream country radio within a few months. He was signed at age 18 to the Universal Music Group in Nashville.
He became part of the MWAH! troupe in 2007 while also performing with his family’s bluegrass band. His sister, Holly, and his brother, Blake, also became part of the MWAH! issues-oriented, touring ensemble.
Mo’s entire family has a distinct and treasured background in gospel and bluegrass music.
Mo received a couple of distinctions during June 2013.
He was featured as one of country music’s ‘new talents’ at the revered Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville on June 5, 2013, followed later in the month by being part of a story about the event which appeared in Country Weekly magazine.
Mo was invited by country singer Marty Stuart in what was billed as the annual ‘Marty Stewart Late Night Jam’ old-school fundraiser, which this year benefited the Country Music Association’s ‘Keep the Music Playing’ Fund and the MusiCares program.
Also performing were the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys with Mo’s brother, Blake, on mandolin and bass guitar.
Also featured at the Ryman were such country music veterans as Bobby Bare, Brandy Clark, Don Maddox, Jamey Johnson, and the Oak Ridge Boys.
Mo and Blake Pitney returned to perform as guest artists with the MWAH! troupe at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year during the troupe’s appearance at John Deere Middle School in Moline, Illinois in the Quad Cities.
As a special tribute to his cousin, Sydney Ives, at the Legacy Country Fair in Rockford, Illinois, on October 12, 2013, Mo Pitney, a MWAH! troupe alumnus, is shown in this video singing for the first time the song ‘Love You More’ which he had just written.
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After a courageous year-long battle with inoperable stage 3 brain cancer, Sydney passed away in November 2009 at the age of 11. Prior to her passing, she and Mo, during their frequent visits together at her home and at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, would playfully tell each other these three words.
Now a 21-year-old artist with Curb Records in Nashville, Mo returned with his country music band to his home town area for the ‘Love You More — Sydney Ives Foundation’ benefit at the Veterans Memorial Hall in downtown Rockford.
Mo, his brother, Blake, and his sister, Holly, became part of the MWAH! troupe during the spring of 2007.
Blake currently plays bass guitar with the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, an upstart youthful bluegrass band based in New Jersey and managed by Dreamcatcher Management. Holly, also managed by Dreamcatcher, provided the opening for Mo’s benefit concert.
Mo has been selected as part of the music line-up for an Eastern Caribbean cruise February 23-March 2, 2014, sponsored by Larry’s Country Diner in Nashville, where Mo has performed. Other country and bluegrass artists signed up include Bill Anderson, Ronda Vincent, Gene Watson, Billy Dean, and the Church Sisters.
MWAH! troupe alumnus Mo Pitney again makes country music headlines – this time for his newest release, ‘Everywhere,’ as reported by the Nash Country Daily on February 24, 2017.
Beside this newest hit, the story notes that Mo, now age 24, truly has had a very successful past 12 months, including his marriage to his sweetheart, Emily, in March 2016 and the birth of their daughter, Evelyne Nadine, in January 2017.
And Mo’s 2017 tour schedule reflects the name of the song in that he’ll be traveling nearly ‘everywhere,’ with concerts scheduled in Enniskillen, Ireland and Gstaad, Switzerland as well as throughout the U. S., including the Windy City LakeShake in Chicago on June 23, 2017. The story notes that Mo frequently appears at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, where he has become a crowd favorite.
Mo’s first appearance with the MWAH! troupe was April 18, 2007 at Serena Grade School in Serena, Illinois, near Marseilles and Ottawa. During his several years with the troupe he was joined by his brother, Blake, and his sister, Holly, as they traveled from their home in Cherry Valley, Illinois, adjacent to Rockford.
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