Mama SpanX is a multi – member soul/rock/funk group made up of highly experienced and virtuoso musicians from the various musical genres. With strong influences by artists/bands such as Tower of Power, James Brown, Gladys Knight and Ike and Tina Turner the bands musical emphasis is on strong melodies/lyrics and grooves that at the same time highlight and feature the individual players as well as an exciting stage show. 

Mama SpanX  Background: 
Leader/singer/songwriter and New York Blues Hall of Fame vocalist Nikki Armstrong, known for her soulful vocals and high energy performances, got the concept while collaborating over several years with Soul/Jazz Guitarist/Producer Melvin Sparks. Melvin, a major influence on the jam band scene, came up with the name "Mama SpanX ". After Melvin’s passing in 2011 and then performing all over the eastern seaboard and abroad, Nikki finally began forming the band in 2015. 
The first artist to join was Drummer/composer/arranger Ben Beckley. Nikki and Ben had collaborated previously, songwriting and producing in LA before Nikki relocated to New York. 
Dixie Frog recording artist/Blues guitarist Steve Johnson and his girlfriend, Latin/Jazz Saxophonist Julie Sax then joined. The couple and Nikki had played together frequently on the New York scene before Steve and Julie relocated to the LA area. 
To contribute to the soul and gospel aspects of the band, three prominent fixtures on the LA Blues and R&B scene, Saxophonist Steve Sadd, Trumpet/Trombonist Russ Mullen and Keyboard/Organist Harlan Spector became the next assets to the group bringing their chops and versatility. 
The search for the ideal bottom end to the group took almost 6 months. Six string fret-less Bassist, David Abercrombie added the perfect pocket for the band! 
This 8 pieces team of like-minded musicians forms the main core of Mama SpanX. See Bio page for more info Nikki and the SPANKERS!



 COME ON FOLKS, LET'S GET FEROCIOUS!!!!! Feel free to pass this on!  
Love, Nikki Armstrong aka MAMA 
p.s. The lyric "Just try to pretend, it's better than dead" translation; Pretend to be a lion and you will soon be one. But if you are meek AND DO NOTHING you will be squashed like a mouse! 


FREE TRACK - FEROCIOUS FEROCIOUS DOWNLOAD FREEFEROCIOUS  (words & music by Nikki Armstrong Ideal Scene Music  copyright  2000, all…

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Mama SpanX welcomes Howard (The Doctor) Lindeman as Co-Producer! 

Greetings friends/contributers to/of Mama SpanX! Well, we are a little behind our target to pre-release and release date is moved to the beginning of 2017....hoping when it is released it will help provide some levity and some SPANK with the incoming new US administration, (hee, hee!)! But we have exciting news! Multi- award winning producer/engineer Howard Lindeman has joined the Mama SpanX team as Co-producer! We are so very thrilled to have Howie aboard and his mixes are Killin'! For those of you who…Read more


Dear Friends,
ANALOG Recording is done! The Spankers all did an amazing job! Now we are mixing each tune like a MAMA tenderly taking care of her new born child! "State of Groove" will be released early December and we are VERY excited! Please join us on FB and also sign up here for more info as the release approaches! Much love, Mama SpanX  /Mama SpanX FB


Hey friends! Our Indiegogo campaign ended and although we didn't make our goal, we still have been getting the recording done and it's coming out fantastic!
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Mama SpanX Show and World Class Jam

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Ventura Music , 11268 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, California 91604

Get into the State of Groove with Mama SpanX LIVE! We will be playing song from the CD, our reditions of our favorite covers, new tunes and


DOORS OPEN AT & 7:30, EVENT/Show starts at 8pm Food and wine and beer....musical opener at 8 pm and 9pm is Mama SpanX set. There is no cover and stay for the World Class Jam after our sets. Featuring Steve Johnson, Ben Beckley, Harlan Spector, Steve Sadd, Russ Mullen, David Abercrombie, Julie Sax and Nikki Armstrong.

Parking across street for a few bucks...