A group of Milton moms formed a rock band. A year later, they perform on Kelly Clarkson’s show.
A group of mums from Milton had a very unique COVID-19 project – to start a rock band. A year later, they starred on “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”
Since April 2021, the group of working mothers, with careers ranging from farmer to college professor, have been practicing their guitar riffs and high notes in one of their members’ basements. When they could all find the time, of course.
Shortly after starting, their hard work paid off.
Joanna Weiss, Leila Mitchell, Heather Shaw, Martha Kennedy and Imge Ceranoglu performed at Milton Porchfest singing “We Got the Beat” and other classics.
But that wasn’t the end of their journey to stardom. Weiss, a former boston globe writer, wrote a first-person article for Boston Magazine titled “For those moms who rock.”
She detailed how this group of 45 to 55-year-old mothers saw their husbands, some of whom are professional musicians, and their now-teenage children making music and finally decided it was their turn.
The Boston Magazine article caught the attention of Kelly Clarkson’s team.
The band told Boston Magazine in a subsequent interview they were training one day when an email popped up. It was from “The Kelly Clarkson Show” asking the band to make an appearance in honor of Mother’s Day.
Weiss told Boston Magazine that she received the email on a Thursday, set up a Zoom meeting that day, and on Tuesday the group was on a plane.
On the show, the group explained that the name “The Lazy Susans” comes from the idea of the group singing and switching roles, much like the rotation of a real lazy susan.
“It’s a bit of a pun on the fact that we’re not lazy at all. And a little about Suze and Karen,” said Leila Mitchell, who plays percussion and runs a marketing and design business.
“We always talked about getting together and playing and we never really did,” Weiss said on the show. “Then the pandemic happened.”
Weiss said the highlight of the experience was performing with guitarist Jaco Caraco and musical director Jason Halbert.
“At that point, I had been playing guitar in an organized way for eight months. And here I play with these Grammy-winning musicians who have played with Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus and Elton John,” she told Boston Magazine.
If one performance isn’t enough for fans in the Boston area, the band’s next gig will be at the Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain on Saturday.
A Twitter user posted their response to the segment.
The band’s SoundCloud is located here.
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