Cast Iron Queens

The new American Music is here, with a blend of soul, blues, and rock.


CIQ- Erica Brown
Cast Iron Queens- Erica And MJ (mother and Daughter )

Erica Brown

Erica has long been a mainstay in Colorado’s Music scene.  From 1998-2008, as frontwoman for the Award-winning Erica Brown Band, Erica electrified audiences all over the Rocky Mountain region with the band’s brand of searing blues rock. The band won nearly every award the region offered, including Best Blues Band (Westword Magazine) Best Underground Blues Band (Denver Post, multiple years) and The Rocky Mountain News’ Best of in the Blues Category. The band released two critically acclaimed CD’s, “Body Work” in 2000, and “Rough Cut Stone” in 2003. Erica was dubbed “Denver’s Queen of the Blues”, a moniker that was used by the Altitude Network in their concert showcase feature “OnStage”, which was broadcast to five million households in ten western states in 2005. 

In 2008, Erica began her Solo career.

In 2013, Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band featuring Erica Brown garnered 3rd Place Honors in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) sponsored by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN.  That year, over two hundred bands competed in what is the premier competition for blues bands worldwide. 

In 2016, Erica was contacted by Grammy-nominated Bluesman Carl Gustafson, (Blinddog Smokin’ Blues Band) and was asked to contribute vocals to a project he was producing, along with 2017 Grammy Winner in Traditional Blues, Blues Man Bobby Rush.  That project has blossomed into the epic music novel “Rush Through History”, the story of Rush’s family, the Ellis Family. Along with Rush on harmonica, other musicians on the project include Blues Woman Teeny Tucker (daughter of Tommy Tucker, writer of the 1963 Hit “Hi Heel Sneakers”), Ms. Tata Vega (the “musical voice” of the character “Shug” in the movie The Color Purple), gospel vocalist Linda McCrary, vocalist Natalie Cadet, famed gospel, rock, blues, jazz and funk B-3 organist Cory Henry, along with Mississippi Hill Country blues (and sons of R.L. Burnside) brothers Gary and Duwayne Burnside, Blues Guitar master Lightnin’ Malcolm, African Folklorist and master Djembe player Weedie Braimah, Cuban drummer Pedrito Martinez, and guitarist George Dez. The massive project is expected to complete in 2020.  For more information on the project, go here:  

MJ Johnson

MJ has been wowing audiences with her amazing vocal gift for most of her life. She has always seen the world a bit differently, and strives to bring the beauty she sees out through the microphone. She says, “I’m honored and excited that people want to hear what I’m doing, and I’ve really been gratified by the response I’ve received!” It shouldn’t be a surprise, though, for one listen to her bright, powerful, crystal-clear vocals dispels the notion that this Neo-Soul child should be anywhere else except the stage! In 2013, MJ joined forces with International Blues Challenge winners Dan Treanor and his band Afrosippi. His 2013 CD, entitled Tangled Road Again–with MJ sharing vocal duties with Colorado’s “Queen of the Blues,” Erica Brown, has been hailed as an amazing effort and is garnering great reviews in major magazines such as: Living Blues–United States’ Premier Blues Publication: Blues Matters —United Kingdom’s largest Blues Magazine: La Hora Del Blues–Vicente Zumel 2013’s Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive recipient-co-founder Barcelona Blues Society, Barcelona, Spain: Rootstime —Belgium. MJ was nominated for the 2014 International Blues Challenge’s Best Self-Produced CD–BSPCD, Competition by the Colorado Blues Society. MJ is also a member of the Erica Brown & Friends Band, and has played prestigious festivals including the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Bohemian Nights New West Fest, and the Taste of Colorado, as well as supporting superstar acts such as the Neville Brothers and Soul of John Black. Having worked on the 2013 CD Tangled Road Again, MJ collaborated with Plan-It Records Recording artist Dan Treanor’s CD (2012), Bad Neighborhood, and Grady Champion guitarist Taylor Scott on his newest Release, Soul Satisfaction. MJ was an Invited Guest Workshop Artist & Concert Performer at Trance Blues Creator Otis Taylor’s 2013 Trance Blues Festival, sharing the stage with Fiddle Phenomenon Anne Harris, and Grammy-Nominated Recording Artist & Broadway Star Cathy Richardson.

Melissa Ivey

Melissa Ivey is an award-winning Singer/Songwriter and Youth Educator from Denver, CO. Her musical journey began on the Bay Area indie-punk scene as a front girl for teen band Manic Notion in the late 1990s. Upon her return to Denver, she began playing open mic events with her acoustic guitar and powerful soulful voice, quickly attaining a diverse fan base. The success of her last EP, Lovers & Stars, has gained recognition in Europe, local radio, and E! Entertainment’s “Celebrity Weddings”.

 Ivey is a featured artist in Comcast’s two-time Emmy Award-winning show “The Stage – Colorado” as well as Diego Ramos’ Music Scene -The Movie, a documentary on the hottest talents in Denver. 

She is a creative and dynamic music teacher and has traveled the globe entertaining, collaborating, and sharing the beauty of music.

SINGLE “Lovers and Stars” [Lovers and Stars EP ©2005 Ivey Productions] Television E! Entertainment’s “Celebrity Weddings”

 Radio KQMT (99.5 FM The Mountain) KTCL (93.3 FM) KBCO Studio C (97.3FM) KALC (105.9FM) “Lovers and Stars” EP on iTunes

On the set of her self produced video, Chocolate Chili, she got into a conversation with Erica Brown about cast irons. To which Ivey replied I’m the Cast Iron Queen. Moths later Brown called Ivey to be a founding member of the Cast Iron Queens.

Watch the video here

Emily Nelson

Bio coming soon.



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