It's done! Now what?

March 16, 2014

I've been texting with my producer, J., a good amount of the day today.  We're finalizing my "One Sheet", one of the many promotional elements that needs to be in place before we release the album - basically a one-page description that will be sent to press and media.  He's edited and proofed the copy.  I'm a writer yet it's really tough to write about oneself.  It's good to have another eye.

I've been working on my website and other PR related things today as well.  Now that the album is finished and packaged, the box of copies en route, our push toward our release date of May 13th begins.  It's coming upon us quickly, just two months away, and there's a great deal to be done before then to get the album ready to be sold and promoted.

So much has happened since my last post. We completed our photo shoot with the fantastic team of Hooton Images. We had an intense three weeks of recording and mixing the second half of our album, with a mastering session in February (fascinating).  My great friend Ashley designed the packaging and then it all went to our manufacturer for duplication.  In the meantime, we booked a venue for a launch party & show and are now working on the repertoire for the big night.  

I've returned to the voice studio for coaching sessions to polish the songs from the album that we'll be performing live and to prepare some new songs we've added to our set list.  I have to say, it's great to be back.  I love these sessions so much.  They're the foundation for everything I do as a singer.  It's where the work happens - my favorite part of the process, my home base. 

I won't lie - there have been moments over the past few months when I've felt overwhelmed and anxious, wondering how everything that needs to be done will be, fretting about what to wear for photos, and worried that a snafu will upset the schedule.  But each time I’ve been buoyed by friends who lift me up, my kids who I hear singing a melody from the album in the back seat of the car, and my colleagues whose support and excitement through all of this hasn't wavered.  And I am reminded of what a lucky girl I am.



January 13, 2014

One of the greatest challenges I'm having as of late is time. I always want more and wish I had more.  I need more.  I suppose we all do. This is one of the reasons, while I had posted I'd write regularly about the process of recording this album, there simply hasn't been time. I had the best of intentions but time has become so hard to come by over the past few months.  So, hello again.

Many friends and colleagues have asked me why I wanted to record an album, so I thought this would be a g...

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So You Want to Be A Recording Artist

November 20, 2013

It's been an adventurous, emotional, and exhilarating couple of weeks.  After months and months of preparation, I got my first taste of what it is to be a recording artist - in the studio, totally exposed, taking risks, making mistakes, and finding my way.  

The process of producing an album, my debut album "Let's Fly", has been one of the most intense and rewarding experiences of my life.  It's something I've been wanting to do for some time and finally, it's here.  We're not close to being f...

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Chicago Bound

February 17, 2012

In music, one never stops learning.  There’s always a technique to hone, a song to better interpret, and more repertoire to wrap our arms around. 

It’s impossible to significantly grow as a singer – or really, in whatever we do - without taking risks.  Admittedly, I haven’t always been the riskiest risk taker.  I suppose for me I’ve become more so with life experience.  And as a great friend reminded me not too long ago, looking back will drive you crazy, so best focus on what...

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10 Minutes

December 7, 2011

I’m counting down the days until December 27th and the annual Kennedy Center Honors broadcast.  While I look forward to it every year, I’m especially excited because the legendary Barbara Cook will finally get the recognition that's long overdue.

For those who follow cabaret, classic musical theatre, and Sondheim, Barbara Cook is the big time, among the crème de la crème.  Her career spans 60+ years.  She was the original Marian in “The Music Man”, has a host of musical theatre rol...

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In the beginning...

November 29, 2011
I am just starting my blog adventure, so bear with me.  My first thought is "where to begin"?  Well, I suppose where I am now is in the midst of learning a pile of wonderful new music for some engagements I have coming up with my cabaret partner, Todd Brooks.  But, I will find the time to write.  Back to the piano for now. 

- Mary
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About Me

All my life I've wanted to sing. I can't remember a time when there wasn't a song in my heart or a story waiting to be told. I grew up in the rural Midwest and am now living in the urban Midwest. I have many passions in my life - my family, my friends, and of course, music. I believe a singer gets better with age and the very best singers are the very best interpreters. It's taken me years to learn this.