Hard hitting drums, powerful guitar riffs, booming bass lines and soaring vocals come together as a mixed brew that is called STOKE ROW!
Suzie MoJo was born and raised in the mountains of Virginia. Her vocal ability was crafted through the church choir and mimicing some of her favorite artists spanning rock artists as Ann Wilson from Heart to gospel singers such as Angelo and Veronica . Dreaming of a career as a vocalist, she kept pursuing and perfecting her craft and developing her own style. Gaining experience increased as she sang multiple genres of music in a dance band to an acoustic duo to a hard rock band. She began songwriting as a way to convey feelings and others experiences in an effective well written way. As the lead vocalist for Stoke Row, she brings her love of gospel and soul music and rock artists such as Evanescence and Halestorm to create her unique sound of soulful soaring vocals with a rocky edge.
Scott McIntyre was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. He started out playing guitar and drums in high school in the late 1980's in various bands. In late 1986 he met Sean McGinley at school and together they formed the punk band Blood Test with McIntyre on drums and McGinley on guitar. After high school, McIntyre and McGinley parted musical paths and kept in touch while McIntyre attended college and McGinley continued to pursue music. In 2004, McIntyre started playing drums again and after living out of state for years returned to Midlothian, Virginia in 2006.
In 2007, McIntyre and McGinley reconnected and again lit the musical fires forming Stoke Row. McIntyre's musical influences include classic bands such as Rush, The Cult, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Iron Maiden, The Clash, and Killing Joke and more current artists such as Chevelle, Taproot, Brother Cane, Porcupine Tree, Weezer, Prong, and the Deftones. His favorite drummers include Neil Peart, Gavin Harrison, Vinnie Colaiuta, Pat Mastelotto, John Bohnam, and Bill Bruford.
Hailing from Ohio, Mike has been playing music since he was in the 5th grade. However, it wasn't until a friend approached him in the high school lunch line his senior year about replacing the current bassist in their band that he went out and bought his first bass. The very next day he showed up to practice with a used Cort bass and a new Fender 50 watt sidekick bass amp, and learned his first song, "Summer Of 69" from Bryan Adams. He played consistently in several different bands from 1986 to 1996 throughout the Youngstown, Akron, Pittsburgh and Cleveland areas. The bands played everything from classic rock, pop rock and hard rock/heavy metal. He even spent time in a wedding band playing the old standards and polka's. Though the food and pay was better, the rock scene called him back after being away for a year and he played in four other bands, three of which were focused on original hard rock. Mike moved to Richmond, VA in July of 1996 and decided to take some time off from gigging. He stayed active in music by dabbling in acoustic guitar, forming a short-lived acoustic duo that played a few private parties before disbanding. He then did a few small home recording projects to stay active. In the late fall of 2011, Mike decided to give it another go on bass and got back into the local music scene by joining an 80's hard rock cover band. After a few months and a revolving door of personnel, Mike left the cover band and was invited to try out for Stoke Row. Taking an instant liking to the band's music, sound and musicianship, he was thrilled to be asked to join the band as their new bassist.
Sean McGinley started playing guitar when he was 14 years old. Sean was one of the Blood Test pioneers, along with his friend Scott McIntyre. Blood Test had mild success in the Richmond area and broke up due to band mates going to college and pursuing other interests. Like many musicians, Sean jumped from band to band looking for the perfect fit. In 1990 Sean traveled to Los Angeles and Seattle to pursue his dreams. Sean met (became good friends with Wurzel and Phil Campbell of Motorhead) and jammed with the likes of Motorhead and Guns and Roses (he even played poker with Pinhead from the HellRaiser movies in full makeup for the recording of Motorhead’s video for one of the HellRaiser movies). In 1992 Sean returned to Richmond and formed the band, ‘Totemhead’….a very popular hard rock band that had very good success in the Richmond, DC and Raleigh NC areas. Again musical differences saw the band break up and the members went their separate ways. All but giving up on music, Sean received a call from his good friend and former band mate of Blood Test in 2006 asking him if he was interested in starting another band. Of course Sean said YES and Stoke Row was formed. Though Stoke Row has seen singers and bassists come and go, Sean and Scott remained together and were lucky enough to run into Suzie Mojo (singer) and she introduced us to her former band’s bassist Mike Naggy. Quoting Sean, ‘This is easily the best band I have ever been part of and I still feel the best is yet to come.’