Danita Mumphard - Vocalist Extraordinaire
Danita Mumphard grew up in a family with a mother who served as a minister of music, and a father who is the bassist for the renowned jazz group Trio Trés Bien. Danita began singing as a youth in churches with her mother, Gwendolyn Thompson, a retired music teacher in the St. Louis Public Schools, and her older sister Kimberly. As Danita grew in her knowledge of God’s Word and in vocal maturity, she moved from choir and ensemble work and began performing as a solo artist.
Danita later became the featured vocalist with the legendary jazz group, Trio Trés Bien. For over 20 years, Danita developed her jazz performance chops under the mentorship of Trio Trés Bien who was comprised of her father Harold Thompson (bassist), late uncle Jeter Thompson (pianist), and uncle Howard Thompson (drummer).
Danita has performed in numerous major events in St. Louis venues such as The Powell Symphony Hall, The Fox Theater, Sheldon Concert Hall, Missouri Botanical Garden, and Laumeier Sculpture Park to name a few. Her television appearances include feature spots on “Show Me St. Louis” and the “Fox Morning Show.” She has been the opening act for gospel legends Ron Winans and Tramaine Hawkins, and has been featured in cities such as: St. Louis, MO, Alton, IL, Atlanta, GA, Carbondale, IL and Louisville, KY.
Danita was selected as a finalist in the national 2005 Kraft Gospel Talent Search in New Orleans, LA based on her vocal ability, stage presence and creativity. She was one of 10 singers selected from more than 1000 entrants.
Danita, a singer/song writer, has released two jazz and two gospel albums recorded and produced by her husband Robert Mumphard in their studio owned by the couple.
"Love's Taking Over" (2015 DTM Music Group)
"With Love" featuring Trio Trés Bien (2005 Stratosphere Music Group).
"Watch God Work" (2007 Reap Pen Records)
"Eternally" (2002 Reap Pen Records)
Danita, an academic adviser at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, helps hundreds of students reach their academic goals each semester. She has three children: Robbie, Amarria, and Jared.