“Singing in church growing up, this blogger can’t help but wonder if she was ever mistaken for an angel. SCHOLZ has a soft, yet very crisp, vocal range unlike any that I’ve ever heard. Reminiscent of Carole King, she delivers her music with a vibrant innocence that draws one in and holds a listener almost hostage in a melodic trance.” – Danny Coleman
Born in Havertown, PA and currently based in Los Angeles, CA, Singer/Songwriter Mary Scholz’s music is sweeping the nation with its heartfelt melodies and lyrics. Mary’s voice resonates with a clarity and emotion that engages her listeners from the first note. Singing since the age of four and writing since the age of fourteen, Mary’s music is a blend of lyric folk & pop/rock with a bittersweet twist that puts her in a category of her own.
What interests people and draws them in is the clear, warm, lyrical style of Mary’s voice. Self-accompanied on guitar and piano, her voice is what she always claims as her main instrument and one she understands and owns with pride. Vocally and musically, Mary is frequently compared to Dar Williams, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Alison Krauss, NorahJones, Amy Grant and the Indigo Girls.
On the stage, Mary communicates as if she’s sitting having coffee with you – connecting with her audience with an ease that has people feeling as if they’ve known her for years and reminds everyone that there is no separation between us. Just two people sharing stories, and that’s exactly what her songs are: Stories of life, love, loss and hope.
Mary has spent the past eleven years touring the US and Europe, performing at coffee shops, music venues, & large festivals. She spent these tours promoting her three independently produced and released EPs and Live Album, all released on her own indie record label, Ringlet Records. In 2014 Mary released her first full-length album, The Girl You Thought You Knew.
The fist single from TGYTYK was entitled “Bridges We Burn,” and was nominated for a 2014 Hollywood Music and Media Award. Mary’s The Girl You Thought You Knew Tour kicked-off in the spring of 2014. Mary covered nearly 20,000 miles around the US, re-visiting some of the country’s prestigious songwriter venues and introducing herself to new cities along the way. This tour continued to Europe in 2015, returning to the US for dates across the country.
On Sept. 19, 2017, Mary released the record, California, with a whole new look at her folk rock roots. Recorded live, in one room, to an Ampex 8 track tape machine, this 8 track record is her first vinyl pressing. With all of the analog warmth you could want, Mary’s voice and songs lilt passed your ears, supported by her thoughtful guitar work and by her phenominal band, reminiscent of folk rock of the 70s.
For information on her upcoming 2017 tour dates, visit www.maryscholz.com/wp/tour
“I write about things that matter to me – things that are close to my heart. It’s my hope that through music we can connect to one another, to better understand that we are all alike and that no one is alone.” – MS
“Mary says it herself” Bio:
Hi there – Mary here – thanks for visiting! As you know, I am a singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles, but I travel all over, playing shows and meeting people of all kinds of backgrounds. I love my job.
I grew up in Havertown, PA, am one of three children to my two musically inclined parents, and have been singing since I can remember. Even as a kid I remember being fascinated by all things music – my parents both played instruments (piano and guitar…so that’s where I get that from…) and provided the music at our church – so that’s where I got my start as well!
Like any fine-arts loving teenager I was a proud member of the marching band (on flute and eventually as drum major – love for band dorks everywhere!), sang in the choir, participated in the school shows and occasionally wrote for the school newspaper.
After high school I attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, majoring in Musical Theatre and loving every second of the intense music/acting/dancing training.
Since graduation in 2006 I have been traveling from city to city, spreading my love for music wherever I can. I’ve also appeared in a few plays and films along the way, including the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas film “Naughty or Nice” with Hillarie Burton and Matt Dallas, Cinemassacre’s “Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie,” and Iano Film’s “The Matter With Clark” which was a part of the New York Independent Film Festival, as well as the Fallbrook Film Festival.
In 2007 I released my first EP, “Philadelphia Nights.” First time in the studio, and what a learning experience it was.
My second EP, “The Beauty of It All,” was released on Sunday October 5th, 2008, as the first release on my self-started indie label, Ringlet Records.
People ask me what that means. It basically just means that I fund and release my own work. Nothing too fancy about that.
I have a live album as well, “Mary Scholz Live at the Blue Light Sessions…” which was a fundraiser for my next project…
On December 10, 2010 I released my third, “Water Rising” – we brought in a lot more of my country influences and had such a fun time doing so.
In May of 2011, after 5 years of touring and EP releasing, I relocated from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. I love living on the west coast and everything that Los Angeles has offered me – it’s brought personal and musical growth that I am grateful for.
In February of 2014 I released my very first full length album, “The Girl You Thought You Knew.” It was an incredible journey to it’s creation. The 15 song record deals largely with transition – both personal and in relationships. Personally, the songs came from my move across the country, my separation and eventual divorce from my husband, and learning to trust and love myself and my instincts and choices. It’s a very honest and personal album, and I truly hope you enjoy it.
2014 and 2015 were whirlwind years on the road, covering nearly 40,000 miles of touring around the US, and as well as my first European tour. It’s always a joy to see your beautiful faces.
I’m currently enjoying some time at home in Los Angeles, writing new music, and thinking about the next album…
[Update – I released that new album, in September! I’ll update this version of the bio soon…]
Thanks so much for your support! See you on the road!