Funk Junkies frontwoman balances work, home, music
April Mosebrook might seem like an average mom.
She’s a Girl Scout troop leader. She’s a parent volunteer. But when she’s not working or volunteering, the Solana Beach mom is fronting a local band.
“It’s busy,” Mosebrook said. “But I get to do what I love.”
Originally from Arkansas, Mosebrook has a Southern accent that might make some believe she is a country singer. And although Garth Brooks and Shania Twain are some of her favorite artists, she is the lead singer of the Funk Junkies, a San Diego-based band that blends rhythm and high-energy funk.
“There were many times I wanted to move to Nashville and be a country singer, but I didn’t,” she said. “I’ve made a wonderful life, and I get to do it here, in the town I live in. I get to live the rock star dream a little bit. I’m pretty blessed.”
Mosebrook grew up with music. Her aunt and uncle were musicians, and she, too, developed a love of music.
She learned piano as a child and played saxophone in her high school band — and sometimes still plays the sax on stage. Her voice, however, is her instrument of choice.
Mosebrook sang in church as a child. When she was 8 years old, she sang “O Holy Night” during the Christmas service at her hometown church for the first time. She sang the song every year afterward until her mid-30s.
“I would go back every year, no matter where I was living, for 25 years,” Mosebrook said.
Mosebrook studied microbiology at the University of Arkansas, intending to go on to dental school.
“I was accepted to dental school, but I didn’t know if I wanted to do that,” she recalled. “So I deferred for a year.”
During that time, for six months, she lived in Austria, where she sang at a theme park.
“It was wonderful,” said Mosebrook, who also previously performed at a New Jersey resort one summer while in school. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
The experience encouraged her to take a different path. She instead interviewed with two pharmaceutical companies, accepting a position as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Pfizer, a company for which she worked for 18 years. She recently left with a “generous” severance due to a downsizing of her division.
“I am very grateful for my career with Pfizer, which brought me so many wonderful things,” she said. “And now I am grateful for this gift that will allow me to start over, figure out what will make me happy and hopefully follow my passions.”
Mosebrook’s career took her to Florida for several years, and then to La Jolla, where she lived until she relocated to Solana Beach two years ago. She lives in the coastal city with her partner, Dr. Stuart Kipper, known as “Kip,” and her 9-year-old daughter, Mia.
“But my love for singing obviously never went away,” Mosebrook said.
While she’s established a successful career in sales, she has also established a name on stage. She’s been a part of several bands over the years. The Funk Junkies is her third band in San Diego.
Founded at the start of 2013, the seven-piece band performs a variety of disco, funk and R&B tunes, from chart-toppers by Aretha Franklin to hits by The Rolling Stones.
“This band I’m in now is the best mix,” she said. “It’s the best fit for me.”
The band members all have full-time jobs, but practice most Thursday nights and perform about once a month.
“It’s just enough where we have a great time but not be too stressful,” she said. “I have to make a living, and I have to be a mom and a partner, and that’s No. 1.”
The Funk Junkies recently performed during a fundraiser for local schools at the Belly Up Tavern. It was the third consecutive year the band took the stage to raise funds for the PTA of Skyline and Solana Vista schools.
Mosebrook’s daughter, Mia, who turns 10 in October, is a fourth-grader at Skyline.
“It’s so fun. Everyone seems to have a good time,” said Mosebrook, who also considers herself a stepmom to her partner’s four adult sons. “The support in the community is really great.”
When not working and performing, Mosebrook is often practicing yoga, serving as a Girl Scout troop leader and volunteering in the community. She and her family recently celebrated Opening Day for Miracle League of San Diego, a nonprofit that gives children with special needs the opportunity to play baseball in an organized league.
The Funk Junkies is slated to perform during the Oct. 10 Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake in Arizona. It’s the band’s first time performing outside the region, and it will be the band’s final performance for a few months, while they bring a new bass player on board. The current bass player is relocating to Florida.
“That will be a little bit of growing pains, but hopefully, we’ll be able to continue on just as strong,” Mosebrook said.
For more about the Funk Junkies, visit www.thefunkjunkiesband.com.
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