The Muddy Gems are a husband and wife duo from Virginia Beach, Virginia. Their style is the result of a lifetime of musical influences ranging from folk, jazz and blues to modern pop. They bring guitar, flute, keyboards and percussion along with male and female vocals to a wide variety of original and cover tunes.
Laurel and John’s collaboration on The Muddy Gems is a true love story. They met in February of 2012, began dating, fell in love and were married soon after. John was working as a solo act and quickly discovered a diamond-in-the-rough in his wife. Working along side her husband, Laurel was once again able to find her musical roots. John, along with Laurel, have been featured in local print and digital media, The Sundowner, The Examiner and a video interview with 757 Bandwire. John’s music videos, “Taxes for War” and “Slow Roll” have both been featured on the local music video show “Sound Check”. The Muddy Gems song, “Learning to Lose,” has also received play on WHRO’s, “Edge of the Universe." The Gems have also been a featured act on 96X's " Hangover Brunch" and the "757 Local".
The Muddy Gems discography includes a seven song EP entitled "Home Training" along with three single releases, " Gonna Get By", Beautiful Poison" and the Christmas tune, "Christmas Kiss"- ( Something to be Thankful For ).
The Muddy Gems award nominations include: 2015 Veer Magazine Awards. Best video for "Gonna Get By' Directed by Beth Austin, Best Acoustic/Folk Act and Best Emerging New Artist. The Gems also received a nomination in 2016 for Best Acoustic/Folk Act.
The Muddy Gems continue to develop their music with the addition of Matt Nichols on bass and Drew Thow on drums and are now booking from a two piece acoustic duo to a four piece electric rock & roll band. They are always looking for new opportunities to bring their music and positive vibrant experience to the widest audience.
“You and I have met before in our youth”