ABOUT MARY CARRICK
Mary Carrick is a Midwest-based cabaret & concert singer and recording artist who has been performing professionally for over 20 years and singing for as long as she can remember.
She grew up in a small, southeast Iowa community, where her musical parents owned and operated a restaurant. As a young girl, she remembers live combos playing in the restaurant lounge, customers feeding the juke box, and the sounds of rollicking piano in the house.
Today, she's a multi-faceted and versatile performer who is equally at home with cabaret, musical theater, opera, jazz, art song, contemporary musical styles and as a stage actor. She’s known for her lush and shimmering vocals, her theatrical prowess and for her unique ability to truthfully interpret a song, connect with audiences and command the stage. She’s a fearless singer who can deliver a lyric and melody with warmth and sensitivity as well as turn a song on its heels.
Her influences span many musical spectrums, including jazz greats, opera divas, Broadway legends and contemporary stylists. She finds joy in putting her personal spin on standards from the Great American Songbook and musical theater, and uncovering obscure tunes and great songs from emerging composers.
Mary maintains an active performance schedule as a concert singer and cabaret singer with arts organizations, arts councils, cabaret venues and theaters across the Midwest, as well as for special events.
She’s performed with Opera Omaha, the Omaha Symphony, Omaha Community Playhouse, and with many other theaters and venues. Most recently she sang the lead role of “Elle” in the one-woman Francis Poulenc opera, The Human Voice with Opera Omaha during National Opera Week and appeared as “Giovanna” in the company’s 2014 production of Rigoletto. She’s also delivered memorable performances at The Rose as Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music and Sour Kangaroo in Seussical: The Musical.
She released her debut album Let’s Fly in 2014, featuring a collection of reimagined classic and contemporary songs spanning great American standards, familiar and unfamiliar musical theater, jazz, folk and country with reimagined arrangements and fresh takes on classics. The recording marked a collaboration with her coach, mentor, and co-producer, J. Gawf.
Mary made her Chicago cabaret debut in 2012 at the city’s well-known cabaret venue, Davenport’s with her show, ON MY WAY. She was a participant in the 2013 Midwest Cabaret Conference, held in Chicago, led by renowned entertainers Sally Mayes (Tony award nominee), Lina Koutrakos, Rick Jensen and Beckie Menzie. She has also studied with Tony award-winning singer and actress, Betty Buckley, both as a private student and as a participant in Ms. Buckley’s Song Interpretation and Monologue Workshops held in Chicago and New York.
She’s received numerous awards and award nominations for her work, including the 2013 Omaha Entertainment & Arts Award for her role as “Sour Kangaroo” in the Rose Theater’s production of SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL. She also received critical acclaim and multiple award nominations for her performance at the Rose as “Mother Abbess” in THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Other awards include the Outstanding Cabaret Award from the Omaha Theatre Arts Guild in 2008. She is also the recipient of Theatre Arts Guild Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress (2007) for her role as “Jessie” in ‘NIGHT, MOTHER and Outstanding Featured Actress (2003) for her role as “Joan” in THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE & BOO.
Mary is a Touring Artist with the Nebraska Arts Council. In addition, she is an arts educator and often holds residencies with area students in the communities where she performs. She is also a member of Chicago Cabaret Professionals.
Most recently, she has studied and coached with Terry Hodges, J. Gawf, Hal France, and Betty Buckley. Mary continues to hone her craft and says that beauty of being an artist is you never stop learning and the beauty of a song is you can always make it your own.