“Tenacity is more than endurance, it is endurance combined with absolute certainty that what we are looking for is going to transpire.”
Maaziah Mountain is a band formed primarily around the husband/wife duo of Jim and April Upton. Their musical journey began even before they were married some 30 plus years ago. Over the years they have performed their original works as a duet and with bands formulated by friends and family. Sometimes the name has changed as the composition of the band has changed, but they have come full circle now to their original Maaziah Mountain standing.
A high water mark for them was when their band was comprised of the two of them performing regularly with their two older daughters. But time changes things and daughters grow up to begin lives and families of their own.
Their style of music is truly unique featuring mostly acoustic instrumentation and pure, clean lead vocals and harmonies. Their original compositions are difficult to define by genre but probably are closest to a country/folk/bluegrass combination. Their style has been compared to Alyson Krauss and Andrew Peterson, while April’s voice is often compared to Amy Grant, Karen Carpenter or Suzy Boggus.
The Members ~
Jim is the songwriter for the band and provides 95% of their music. April typically sings lead while daughter, Laiel, adds harmony vocals and plays the bass. The band seizes every opportunity to feature the elegant guitar styling of young and promising Aaron Taylor. Jim has often said that Aaron, a close family friend, “breathes life into our songs.”
The Production ~
The band is produced and promoted by Renaissance Music Productions, LLC.
The first song recorded in this project is one of the group’s most requested songs entitled, “The Morning After You.” Jim wrote the song after witnessing the mourning process experienced by a dear aunt after losing her husband, a favorite uncle of Jim’s, and his own mother’s suffering after the passing of his father. Aaron Taylor’s guitar shines on this recording and some other local musician friends added their talents to the mix. Ron Clayton, a veteran musician and friend of the Upton family, added string accompaniment and Troy Burton, another friend, added a pedal steel to the effort.