Good friends Mike and Nancy Monahan and Mark and Sally Borzillo formed Fresh Picked in the late 1990s. Since all are accomplished musicians, they decided to get more serious about their music and start playing together on a regular basis. The group plays a variety of music--folk, Irish, bluegrass, and acapella. They also have been known to break out into jazz sessions with several of their children joining in the playing and singing.
Nancy is a native of Los Alamos, New Mexico. She is a classically trained musician who plays piano, violin, and viola. Both her mother and sister are accomplished pianists. Nancy has the rare ability of being able to sight read, and she also plays music by ear.
Mike was raised in Marthasville, Missouri. He also is classically trained and plays bass, piano and guitar. He often is seen on the Hermann stage playing in local music performances, and for many years he's been a regular at performances at East Central College in Union, Missouri. Mike and Nancy have been playing bluegrass music for nearly 20 years. They also dabble in classical, jazz, and folk music.
Sally is a native of Ellisville, Missouri. She has been singing and writing songs for most of her life. She performs most of the lead vocals in the group. While growing up, she performed in school musicals. Sally plays guitar and sometimes is seen strumming the mandolin. Fresh Picked includes several of her published songs among its repertoire.
Mark hails from Affton, Missouri, but has distant ties to Hermann. His maternal relatives settled in Hermann in the 1840s and were well-known musicians in the Apostle Band and Fire Department Band. Mark plays piano, guitar, mandolin, violin, banjo, and bass. He claims that he fills in on the instruments that no one else plays and occasionally sings "when no one is listening".
The foursome toured Germany in 2000 as part of a bluegrass gospel music tour. They often perform as a group at local churches and are regulars at area events.