Tour Withdraw

I’m feeling it, folks. I’ve been back in LA for a month now, after three months non-stop of driving and playing, and I officially have tour withdraw. The past few weeks have been filled with getting myself re-situated back in my apartment and trying to find a normal daily/weekly rhythm again. It’s been a strange experience. I truly didn’t expect to feel so strange upon my return!


As you know, I’ve toured plenty over the years – but never for that long of a period of time.

And now that I’m getting my feet back on the ground – I’m missing the road!

I miss the stages and the faces and all of the beautiful connecting going on with music.


I did get some pretty adorable kittens, though.

Dr. Livingston and Seattle – brothers who love each other and are named after two fantastic stops on the tour.

The whole country was amazing and beautiful and a reminder that there is beauty everywhere…

That’s all for now…

Mary Scholz at the Hotel Cafe – Show Review from Vents Magazine

Mary Scholz: a dark- haired, ringlet-crowned angel opens her wings in the Hotel Café


I am so glad I decided to join t unusually large crowd Sunday night to see Mary Scholz at the Hotel Café. I had heard her single, “Bridges We Burn”, and knew she had released a new album, The Girl You thought You Knew, but otherwise I did not know her music. Her clear, bell-like voice, her confidence on stage, her honest lyrics and her intimate introspection all combined to make her performance a joy.


No artifice, no nervousness, no hesitation – Mary Scholz is in her element on stage When she turns that wicked-brilliant smile on the room, framed by her trademark long feather earrings, she can make you and each person in the audience, whether friend or soon-to-be-friend, relax into what seems like a personal relationship. Hotel Café Sunday night felt like I was at a house concert at my house and I was lucky enough to have a dark-haired, ringlet-crowned angel singing in my living room.


Best of all, this angel gifted us with 11 songs, many from her new album, starting with the eerily beautiful “A Mournful Noise” which set the stage – her fans knew they would not be disappointed. She continued to fulfill her promise by belting out “The Girl You Thought You Knew”, the title track of the new album, giving it all she had.


Moving through “I Can’t Tell You Why”, Mary paused, gave us a chance to catch our emotional breath and then broke our hearts with “Bridges We Burn”. No matter how many times I hear them, the linesWhere is my life /Tell me where did it go /I saw for a moment the way it could shine /Then I lost all controlwill always bring back memories and put a lump in my throat. Mary’s vocals which can range from soft and plaintive to powerful and urgent moved from a loving massage to an emotional hypodermic. But, regardless of the key or the volume or the range when she sang, it is always simply herself – honest and just there. It was remarkable.


She broke the “Bridges” spell and brought us back to the Hotel Cafe with banter – stories from the road and a grateful thank you to everyone who had shared their homes with her on her recent tour, and then picked us up with the high tempo “Run Baby Run”. But the short break was over as she melted into the so potent, so personal “Someone Else’s Wife” and then the deep imagery of “In My Bed”.


The room went quiet when she dropped her amazing voice an octave to slide into “Bed”, seducing us to listen and visualize. As her smoky voice rose with yearning, singing I wanna know the way you whisper /And the way that you move /I wanna feel you inside /I wanna know that it’s not just /Inside of my mind, a palpable eroticism drifted like tendrils of fog through the room.


For “Leave Some Light”, she put down the guitar and sat quietly on center stage with her partner on the guitar. He started the song and sang the chorus while Mary exploded into the verses with a powerful, soaring voice pitched to the upper range. While we caught our breath, she quietly moved to the piano and performed what I think was the best song of the night, “One More Day”.


With vocal control so precise a listener would not be aware of it, she begged us toGive me one more day/Give me one more way to feel the pain I’m in/Then you’re free to walk away . The power and emotion Mary pulled out of the piano and the lyrics, born of 7 years of touring and writing, held us spellbound. We could have stopped there.


But Mary wasn’t done with us. Her friend and traveling partner, Sara Ault, took Mary’s place at the piano, a contrast in a blood-red full length gown to Mary’s simple short black dress and black textured stockings, and launched into the high-energy “Radioactive” to the delight of the crowd. Mary then wrapped the night with the ambiguously introspective “Carry On”, telling us But that just keeps me hanging on /And keeps me singing another song. We hope so.


Patrick O’Heffernan,


Host !


Mary Scholz


Tour – day 16

Have I really not posted since the album cover reveal? That would mean I posted nothing after the album release or release show – which was an amazing night.


The album was released February 18th, with a show at Bar Lubitsch on the 22nd (of course) It was a packed house and such an amazing night! My current tour mate Sarah Ault opened up the night and I had so many great musicians join me onstage for my set – Chris Thomas, Brandon Slavinski, Sean Keegan, Demetri Evdoxiadis, John Clinebell, David Sparrow and Jaydon Bean. 

Photo by Gianni Neiveller


Okay, so on March 7th Sarah and I packed up my little Mazda 3 hatchback for 3 months of driving around the country. We’re 16 days and 6 shows in and it has been a wonderful whirlwind. If you asked us what day of the week it is or what city we’re in, we might not be able to tell you. Thank goodness for calendars, phones and road signs.

I CAN tell you that it’s March 22d and we are sitting at my best friend’s kitchen table in Atlanta – we arrived last night after a packed two days in Orlando (we hit all four Disney parks in one day, then played a show the next), which was a follow up to New Orleans, Austin (SXSW), Phoenix and San Diego.


San Diego started with a Chris Trapper early show, then ours.  It was a wonderful night.

 Phoenix was the Hard Rock Cafe with a crazy great crowd. The sound went out before the last song so I got off stage and stood in the middle of the audience to close out the show – invited those sitting farther away to come closer and it got so quiet you could hear a pin drop. And me sing a quiet acoustic song through the venue. It was a bit like magic for me.

Austin and SXSW – that’s going to get it’s own post, I think. It was a crazy few days and the shows were great, but it definitely came with some mixed feelings after seeing that terrible accident. Musically, I got to do an impromptu set at Shakespeare’s Pub, then the schedued show at 219 West for the Hype/ showcase – it was a really excellent round and I had a great time.

New Orleans – Both Sarah and I were feeling under the weather so we were grateful for cloudy skies and a relaxed atmosphere. We ate some delicious food, listened to some wonderful music and slept while listening to the rain on the side of the house. Not too shabby. Our show was at Neutral Ground – the “oldest coffee shop in the south.” It was a really neat place with really enthusiastic listeners!  Sarah and I did this impromptu cover…


After a late show in NOLA we were up early for the ten hour drive to Orlando – five hours sleep and then fourteen hours in the parks at Disney! We had one day off and we made it count – hit all four parks in one day. Whew!

Okay more soon…. Love to all!

It started with a map…


So this is happening on my computer right now.


As you know, I’ve been in the studio since July working on the album. As you also know, we wrapped up production on it last month. As you may have heard, I’ve been planning the album release tour since September, and it’s beginning to take some nice shape if I do say so myself.

But what you probably don’t know is how these things get put together when it’s an indie artist like myself. So I figured I’d let you know how I fill my days, and how I end up traveling so much.


Usually the first question that I get from people when I talk about the album or tour is “How do you pay for all this?” 

To answer that – I work a lot. When I was just starting out in the business I used to try to act like I was making all of my money from musical pursuits, but let’s be real here – that’s not true. In a way it was – when I was living in Philly, my source of income was shows, teaching voice lessons and singing funerals for nearby churches. Out here, it’s performances, teaching voice lessons, waiting tables, transcription work, film production jobs, etc. Whatever it takes to get the album finished and the tour funded. For the album, of course, I did an IndieGoGo fundraiser and raised just over $5,000, about 1/3 of the cost of creating the album. And that’s doing it “on the cheap” with gracious discounts from talented friends and referrals. I am SO grateful for my generous donors because it lightened the load and made creating the album the way that I wanted to much more possible.

But if we’re being realistic, it’s just a damn expensive pursuit. So here I am, temping as a receptionist, writing this blog on my lunch break.


You can see why independent musicians (like myself) get upset when people think that they should get music for free. I’d love to make that music for free, too. But everyone deserves payment for their expertise – studios, engineers, musicians, instruments  – the list goes on. And that’s just production. Once that’s done, it has to be mastered. There’s design work. Photo shoots. Reproduction costs. Shipping costs. Promotion costs. Merchandise costs. It costs to put it up for sale online. It costs to run the website. It costs to have your domain name. It costs to copyright your material. Not to mention the usual – rent, food, phone, insurance, etc.

And without a label, all of that cost falls on the artist who, until a cd is purchased, is not getting paid.


This is not a complaint, mind you. It’s an explanation. This is the profession and life I’ve chosen for myself. One I Love with all of my heart. But there’s nothing easy or cheap about it. And sometimes I think people get hung up on the “glamorous” side of it. The things that I feel extremely lucky for, which is all of the interesting and different day-to-day experiences, the people I get to meet and the places I get to see. But while it may look like a carefree life, it is an extremely tiring road that continuously tests you. Not one of the beautiful musicians that I know is “living like a rock star.” They’re living so they can do what they love. And I find that to be a most admirable way to live.


The next question I get is usually “Do you have a manager?”

I do. Her name is Mary Scholz. 😉


“Well do you have someone that does your booking for you?”

I do. Her name is Mary Scholz. I currently manage myself and do my own booking, and have been working this way for the past 7 years. When I’m working on a tour, I map it out first, literally on a map, as well as a calendar, and then start contacting venues and booking agents in the cities I’ll be stopping in. Sometimes I’ll contact another songwriter from that area. Sometimes a friend will put me in touch with someone they know in a town that’s new to me. We work out show details, artist cut of the door charge, etc.

Then I save. Gas. Tolls. Food. Drinks with friends. The occasional site see cost.  And I rely on the generosity of the people who open their homes to me to cut out hotel costs. And I rely on the promotional work of the awesome fans in each city who invite their friends to come to the show. And that’s how I get to meet so many new people. And that’s how I get to sit on stage and talk about life, love, loss, loneliness and laughter.

And I’m GRATEFUL for it all. Grateful that I’m able to work. Grateful for the jobs that I acquire. Grateful that I live in a country where I, as a woman, may freely pursue the life I want to lead. Grateful for the talented artists who have donated their time when I was in crunch time crisis mode with the budget. Grateful for YOU because you’re still reading.

I’m not sure what my point is anymore. I look at that map and it is exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. It’s a lot to save for. It’s a lot to do solo. But it’s going to be amazing. I’ve got a publicist on board for this tour and already so many amazing hosts lined up for cities that I can’t wait to return to, and cities that I can’t wait to introduce myself to. And I’ve worked 9 shifts this week at three different jobs and I’m about to fall asleep.


And I think I just wanted to chat about what’s been going on in the world of Mary Scholz.

Did you make it through? You deserve a gold star. Also, I love you. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

January Nashville Shows

As many of you know I am out on the road right now, playing some shows, taking some meetings, doing some writing and working on arrangements for the upcoming album!

Right now I am in Nashville, where I played two different shows Thursday night.

The first was at The National Underground right on Broadway, and the second for a songwriter’s round at The Listening Room Cafe. What a great space and what a great group of writers!

My favorite part about that show was that I got to share the stage with my good friend Harold Allen – it’s been years since we shared the stage in New York!


We finished up the night with a surprise from the weather – well a surprise to me, as I hadn’t checked that day’s weather. Snow in Nashville! Everyone said how rare it is – but the last time I was in Nashville in January it snowed for a whole week…so I don’t believe them! 🙂

See ya in New York next!

2011 … What a Busy Year You Were…

Well well well… another year gone by… (insert comment about how time flies here)

One day until 2012 – I’ve got myself a little year end cold so I’m hoping to wrap that up along with the end of this year!

It’s been big year for me as you know – relocating to Los Angeles, the HMMA nomination, music videos and other fun stuff.

Do you mind if I jump around a bit? I thought it might be more fun than going in chronological order…I promise to follow some kind of order, but let’s do some jumping first, shall we?

In August I had the opportunity to act in a music video for Disney/Pop star Drew Seeley – it was a blast! (You may know him from High School Musical, Another Cinderella Story and other fun flicks.)

Here’s a photo with Drew, the cast and crew and the final product!

Also in August (and September) I did some background work for CSI: NY, CSI: Miami and Good Christian Bells.


A few of the people I had the pleasure of meeting along the way or working with…



Some show pics from the year…

I started out the year on the road – in the snow – on a southern tour. The snow literally followed me the whole way down through Nashville and Atlanta, where they had a record breaking ice storm. Getting to Louisville was a challenge – apparently they don’t salt the roads in Cincinnati and truthfully, after driving through blustery snow for a while it starts to look like a scene from Star Wars. Since I was going south I didn’t bother to pack my snow boots – foolish – but my cowboy boots really lived up to the job!

Nashville was awesome – I met some incredibly talented musicians and look forward to returning there sometime soon to do some writing!

In February I made my way out to Los Angeles for a two week stint of shows there and San Diego. Also to do a little apartment hunting 🙂

On April 14th I performed on NBC’s The 10! Show to promote my Bon Voyage Show at the Tin Angel which was held that same night. That show’s turnout was incredible – one of my favorite performances to date for sure. Thank you to everyone who was there!

I went out to LA one more time again before making the move (literally a week later) – it was my second time at the ASCAP Expo and I thoroughly recommend it for indie artists looking to network and learn about the business of their craft.

A week later was the big road trip (find that blog and photos HERE)

Since living on the west coast I’ve had the opportunity to explore my hobby of photography a bit – I posted a few blogs about that as well, which you can find HERE and HERE….

Here’s a little look at it…

While back home in September I wrapped up filming for the Hide Music Video – final product coming soon 🙂 It was awesome working with Jonathan and Mike again.

I have absolutely loved living in Los Angeles and getting to know the area and the artists who live there. I’ve been writing with other songwriters (songs like THIS ONE!)

It hasn’t all been work and no play though – I have loved having visitors and doing fun things like taking a road trip to San Francisco, seeing the Phillies beat the Dodgers (sorry Dodger fans), hiking the Hollywood Hills and taking tours of Hollywood!

November brought filming for the Water Rising Music Video as well as the Hollywood Music and Media Awards. Both were excellent experiences – if you click on those links you can see the blogs about those as well! Getting to walk the red carpet for the first time as a nominee was really special and fun. 

I rounded out the year back in Philly for a show at World Cafe Live and for holidays with my family. It certainly has been a whirlwind year and I am so happy to get to share it with you all! Thank you always for your support and encouragement – here is to another year of grand adventures in 2012!!

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas Everyone! Just a couple of things to add to your holiday cheer – first off, two free downloads of Christmas tunes sung by yours truly – just visit and click the download arrow right next to “add to set.”

The song “A Silent Noel” was arranged and sung by myself and my sister Hilary!


Also, here are videos from last week’s concert at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.


I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, no matter what you are celebrating!


Merry Christmas!!

Cross Country Road Trip!

It’s finally here – the Cross Country Road Trip blog!

It took us eight days and 3,356.o miles to get from Philadelphia to Los Angeles – and it was worth every hour of the drive.

Nick and I packed up the car and left on Wednesday May 11th (after several re-packs – I was not able to cram as much as hoped into my little Mazda 3…but we certainly managed to get a lot in there!)

Our first few days of driving were mainly just that – driving. We stayed the first night in Columbus, Ohio, and made our way through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri on Thursday. During that time we found Lincoln’s Log Cabin in Illinois! It was a bit off the beaten path – literally – we drove on a lot of dirt roads to get there, but it was a pretty neat find.

After the Log Cabin we made our way through Missouri and stopped in Saint Louis to see the Arch – it looked beautiful in the city’s night skyline!

We stayed in Springfield, Missouri and made our way through Joplin and on to Oklahoma and Texas the next day.  I am so grateful that we left for our trip when we did – hearing about all of the devastation in many of the towns we passed through I am just…grateful. Two people in a little car would certainly have not been a match for a tornado. Thoughts and prayers to everyone struggling to recuperate from the storms.

On Saturday the 14th we woke up in Amarillo, Texas and made our way out to the Cadillac Ranch. We were unaware that the tradition is to bring a can of spray paint and tag the cars – so after taking photos for another couple with their creation, they gave us what was left of their cans and we went to town! Well, I wrote a very lame looking “M+N” and then Nick proceeded to write “” on the roof of one of the Cadillacs. After that he realized that there were just enough cars to spell out my name – so each car’s side got a letter…and then he realized that there were enough cars for HIS name too…so if you walked 360 around the cars, the spelled out N-I-C-K #-$-^-%-@-* <3’s M-A-R-Y S-C-H-O-L-Z

🙂 So much fun.

Once Nick’s hands were sufficiently painted silver we made our way to Old Town Albuquerque for lunch, then Santa Fe for dinner. I made sure to blast one of my favorite songs over the stereo as we made our way with Santa Fe in the distance.

“When I dream on my own, I’m alone, but I ain’t lonely. For a dreamer night’s the only time of day. When the city’s finally sleeping and my thoughts begin to stray, then I’m on the train that’s bound for Santa Fe. And I’m free, like the wind, like I’m gunna live forever. It’s a feeling time can never take away. All I need’s a few more dollars, then I’m out of here to stay. Dreams come true, yes they do, in Santa Fe…” (If you haven’t seen the movie “the Newsies”…you should. If you love Disney or Christian Bale…)

We spent Sunday walking around Santa Fe and then made our way into Arizona and through the Petrified National Forest. It was one of our “what’s that off in the distance?” finds. We had under an  hour to drive through the 28 miles of Painted Desert – so we didn’t get to see everything – but what we DID see was BEAUTIFUL.

The next morning we woke up in Flagstaff and made our way to the Grand Canyon for the day. We stopped along the way to see the little canyon (the name I can’t recall) which was a crazy sight to us. Until we got to GC. It is not only incredibly beautiful and humbling – but incredibly terrifying! You can walk right up to the edge to take photos – which we did – but on a day like the 16th of May, when the winds are near 40 miles per hour…you start to feel a little sick being that near a drop off. We survived, of course. Even went on a little hike, but obeyed the signs that warned against going too far as the walk back up takes 3 times as long.

Flagstaff was the only town we spent two nights in. We were so exhausted from the wind and walking and driving – I was so happy when we pulled out of the Grand Canyon National Park to see a big ole’ western theamed steak house – we didn’t have to go far for dinner.

Tuesday we got up and drove about 30 miles back east to see the Meteor Crater. It was on our list for Sunday but we got distracted by the Petrified Forest 🙂

After seeing that giant hole in the ground, with even more wind, we headed to the Hoover Dam (awesome), then on to Las Vegas! We were afraid we wouldn’t make it to the Hoover Dam before sunset, but we pulled off the road anyway when we got to a “scenic overlook.” OH GOOD LORD – it was BEAUTIFUL. It was like looking at the live action version of the scenery in “The Land Before Time.” And “Jurrasic Park.” Nick and I kept seeing Jurrasic Park all over our trip.

These photos don’t even do it justice.

(Note the towers at the Hoover Dam – all I could think of was “The Wizard of Oz”….”half you go this way, half you go that way!”

We hadn’t given Vegas much thought as it was towards the end of the trip and we were so caught up with just getting out west that when we pulled in to the big bright city (at night, which was fun) we almost didn’t know what to do! We decided it was our night to splurge on a hotel…and we checked in to the Venetian! It was BEAUTIFUL. Extra fun since we spent part of our honeymoon in Venice itself.

The perk to traveling with your whole wardrobe is that when you make a last minute stop at a really nice place you can pull a dress and a pair of heels out of your trunk – which is exactly what I did!

The next day we walked around town and saw the fountain show at The Bellagio (am I the only one who cried at that? Maybe it was the emotional music or the well timed water dance or the big life change I was making…but it reminded me of how much beauty and art in such different forms there is in the world. But seriously, if you’ve cried watching it, please let me know.)

We had a hard time leaving Vegas – partly because it was a beautiful day, partly because it was almost the end of the trip, and partly because we just didn’t want to be in the car again! But we eventually got back on the highway and made it to our final destination…Los Angeles!

We had SUCH an amazing time on our adventure and although we were EXHAUSTED, we were sad to see it end. I was even more sad to see Nick fly back to Philadelphia for a while.

But I have arrived, Los Angeles, and I am ready for the next adventure!

(Special Thanks to Jim for the use of your amazing camera!)

BV Show, 10! Show…

Is it possible that I didn’t blog about all of the Bon Voyage festivities? Must have been all of that immediate moving…

WELL, the 10! Show was so much fun and the Bon Voyage show at the Tin Angel was incredible – I am so happy that so many of you made it out – we packed the house! Special thanks to my special guests – Hilary Scholz, Boy Wonder, Alfred James and Rory Donovan. Rather than chat about the details, how about I just show you a few photos and videos?

Green Room!

Look, Mom, I'm on TV!

Sound Check!

Show time! Singing with Boy Wonder

Singing with the sister 🙂

Performing with Alfred James

I’ll post photos with show attendees in a little bit!

I’ll post more videos soon too!

Lestat’s West – San Diego

Thursday night was my first time performing in San Diego! It was at the very awesome Lestat’s West – a theatre that is connected to the next door coffee house. I opened for Canadian Singer/Songwriter Chris Velan (definitely look him up – he’s pretty awesome).

A lot of the time solo songwriter performances are in the corner of a noisy coffee shop or bar – this was a real theatre with real seats, a real stage and sound system and THIS:

I could most certainly get used to this!


Special thanks to Rory Donovan for taking the photos!