With an enormous singing voice that transcends her small frame, an extraordinary rock sound full of robust piano hooks, and a one-of-a-kind storytelling ability drawn from a remarkable and emotional history, Mary Jennings has carved out her own unique niche in the industry by doing things her way.
“As we reach the one year anniversary of 100,000 losses to COVID in the US, I reflect on that article in the New York Times…the one that listed name after name. Those names made those numbers on the news channels so much more human and that much more devastating. It was the impetus for “Patient,” a song I wrote pleading people to stay patient for every COVID patient. It was the first song I ever tracked and produced all in isolation and the same goes for the video. And now a year later, as we are filled with the hope of vaccinations and the diminishing numbers, I will still never forget that since May 28th, 2020, we have lost almost half a million more people. I hope we can see the end of this in the near future, but until then I still intend to stay patient and do my part.
When people ask me why I’m a musician, I tell them that it’s largely because music is my therapy. That entire notion really began with the death of my mom. My dad offered to help me record an album shortly after her death, and the experience of writing about what I was going through at the time went a long way towards helping me cope.”
It was on that album that Mary established her creative foundation, writing music that immediately bonds her to the listener in a genuine way. That openness, and the raw emotion inherent in both her writing and voice, has been a cornerstone of her work ever since. “I share these emotions with others because I know so many have felt the same things. If I can create melodies and deliver words that express their feelings, I’ve done my job.”
Born into a family with strong musical roots, she began playing piano at five and has fond memories of her paternal grandparents teaching her vocal harmonies at a young age – a skill that is very evident in her work today. Mary’s adolescent and teenage years were marked by her development on piano and the cultivation of her vocal ability through many school plays and musicals, but it was the sudden death of her mother in 2001 that prompted a seismic surge in her musical expression.
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