St. Louis Band Ms Hy-C & Fresh Start Reflect On International Blues Challenge Win | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Band Ms Hy-C & Fresh Start Reflect On International Blues Challenge Win

Feb 26, 2019

Locally based musicians Ms Hy-C and the Fresh Start band caught international attention when they won first place in the 2019 International Blues Challenge held in Memphis last month.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh talked with several of the band members: lead singer Jacinta Branch-Griffin – also known as Ms Hy-C – as well as guitar player Thomas “Tommie” Johnson and drummer Tyrone McCain.

Branch-Griffin helped form the band four years ago. Fresh Start currently has six members, many of whom work to balance their careers and musical passion. 

(L-R) Tyrone McCain, Jacinta Branch-Griffin and Tommie Johnson discuss the formation of their band Ms Hy-C & Fresh Start on "St. Louis on the Air."
Credit Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

“It’s something that we feel in our soul. It is something that African-American generations can understand a lot, especially through the times we went through. Life experiences – that’s what’s called the blues – life experiences,” McCain said.

Branch-Griffin echoed the sentiment.

“I just started singing it, and that's why I can project it so good – because these are things that I've been through,” she said.

Listen to the full discussion:

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