Mary Jennings
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Mary Jennings

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2007 | SELF

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2007
Solo Pop Singer/Songwriter

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Jul
11
Mary Jennings @ Deavor

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Jun
27
Mary Jennings @ Live @ CK's

Brentwood, Tennessee, United States

Brentwood, Tennessee, United States

Jun
12
Mary Jennings @ Mahwah Museum

Mahwah, New Jersey, United States

Mahwah, New Jersey, United States

Music

Press


"Harmonious Flame"

No matter if she is performing with her full backing band; or on her trademark Casio synthesizer, looping harmonies and instrumentation; or even if she is playing on an acoustic piano, you still get the same explosive effect- the same full, mind-blowing sound. That is the mark of a true musician. - Tanya Fields


"Song Revelation"

"Jennings incredibly expressive and dynamic voice fills the rooms wherever her individual yet commercial music is played. Definitely one of Sing Revelation’s ‘One’s To Watch’" - Kevin Allen


"Song Revelation"

"Jennings incredibly expressive and dynamic voice fills the rooms wherever her individual yet commercial music is played. Definitely one of Sing Revelation’s ‘One’s To Watch’" - Kevin Allen


"Blast Magazine"

"As a solo act, Jennings is a captivating siren; as a full band, jENNiNGS is a wondrous singer-songwriter-indie-rock-pop-experience not to be missed." - Elizabeth Raftery and Sarah Berman


"Peacedriven Campaign"

"Jennings’ “Cling to Me” is a pure joy to listen to and has the timeless songwriting magic of top songs like Adele’s “Someone Like You” and Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel”. Jennings is certainly one to hold on to. " - Peacedriven


"Peacedriven Campaign"

"Jennings’ “Cling to Me” is a pure joy to listen to and has the timeless songwriting magic of top songs like Adele’s “Someone Like You” and Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel”. Jennings is certainly one to hold on to. " - Peacedriven


"Underground Sound"

"Jennings is a fiery siren that packs a big punch in a small package. With an incredible vocal range, immaculate control, and passionate words, Jennings is a must see when she stops into your town." - Rachel Stemerman


"Snob's Music"

"Femtastic kicks off with a display of Jennings' songwriting capabilities. The instantly captivating "Falling Higher" features a hook so big you could catch a shark with it". - Snob's Music


"Ape Quake"

"Jennings forms heartfelt lines to piano driven melodies and drives it to whole other level with appropriately delicious electronic templates" "Jennings labors transform to candy-coated gold." - Ape Quake


"Snob's Music"

"Femtastic kicks off with a display of Jennings' songwriting capabilities. The instantly captivating "Falling Higher" features a hook so big you could catch a shark with it". - Snob's Music


"Wildy's World"

"She has this big, gorgeous voice that is full of timbre and character and makes you want to listen over and over again." - Wildy's World


"Nightwaves"

"Jennings has a distinct, robust voice that has no problem delivering a melody. Her music could be described as Sarah MacLachlan with a bit more edge, however it must be noted that Jennings has a sound and style that is all her own. This album is smart, energetic and poetic. " - Nightwaves


"Wildy's World"

"She has this big, gorgeous voice that is full of timbre and character and makes you want to listen over and over again." - Wildy's World


"On Tap- Washington, D.C."

"Jennings has a beautiful, strong and passionate voice (think Sarah McLachlan/Tori Amos) and her performance, enhanced by her subtle piano playing, was captivating. She ended her 40-minute set with an ode to the weather, an impromptu version of Rihanna’s “Umbrella,� and she nailed it." - Connie S. Poole


"On Tap- Washington, D.C."

"Jennings has a beautiful, strong and passionate voice (think Sarah McLachlan/Tori Amos) and her performance, enhanced by her subtle piano playing, was captivating. She ended her 40-minute set with an ode to the weather, an impromptu version of Rihanna’s “Umbrella,� and she nailed it." - Connie S. Poole


"Gainesville Times"

"Mary Jennings brought Tori Amos-like piano playing to the table." - Melissa Weinman


"Gainesville Times"

"Mary Jennings brought Tori Amos-like piano playing to the table." - Melissa Weinman


"Review on CDBaby"

"She brings a powerful voice to her songwriting and effortlessly weaves it all into the pop culture and just across the boundaries of the electronica world." - Broda


"Review on CDBaby"

"She brings a powerful voice to her songwriting and effortlessly weaves it all into the pop culture and just across the boundaries of the electronica world." - Broda


Discography

  1. Jennings- 13 songs, first album, 2001, Mark Allen (producer)
  2. Recovery- 13 songs, second album, 2002, Mark Allen (producer)
  3. Demo Tracks- 8 songs, third recording but not sold, 2003/2004
  4. EP- 4 songs, fourth recording, 2006, Jonathan Smith (producer)
  5. Femtastic- 10 songs + 6 acoustic versions, third full album, 2007, Jonathan Smith (producer)
  6. Storybook EP- 5 songs, 2009, Dan McLoughlin (producer)
  7. Collapse, Collide- 10 songs, 2011, Dan McLoughlin (producer)
  8. Take It or Leave- 8 songs, 2012, Live Acoustic Album with bonus track, Take It or Leave.
  9. Metamorphosis- 8 songs, 2015, Nathan Rosenberg, Ian O'Neill, and Aaron Krause (producers)

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Bio

"Jennings' music is sweet, lush, powerful and full of great hooks, and intelligent and meaningful to boot! I love it!" -Heather Miller-Rodriguez, 100.1FM KRUU

It takes a lot of life experience to craft engaging, universal song lyrics—and singer, songwriter and musician Mary Jennings has had more than a lion’s share. How’s this for a start: career stops as a teacher, aerobics instructor, clothing retailer, bartender, luggage saleswoman and paranormal researcher. Add to that the early loss of her mom , and there are plenty stories to share. Jennings states that music has kept her sane.  Not surprisingly, her songs often possess a modicum of sadness and darkness, about which she says, “I share these emotions withothers 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.”

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 has carved out her own unique niche in the industry by doing things her way.

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.

“When people ask me why I’m a musician, I tell them that it’s largely because music is my therapy,” she says. “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.”

While the music alone makes Mary Jennings an artist that fans can easily relate to, her somewhat quirky personality and a diverse range of interests have also gone a long way towards building a bond with her fan base.  An avid horror movie fan, she has more than 400 fright flicks in her own private collection and openly admits that being scared and thrilled is probably her biggest geek factor. Her love for thrifting and secondhand clothing, something she learned from her mother, is a major influence on her vintage style and the inspiration behind the enormously popular clothing swap shows that she has hosted in a number of U.S. cities. More recently, Mary has turned her unique style, love of thrifting, and drive to create into a new project, No Sass Creations, through which she makes and sells bolo ties.

“I don’t want my fans thinking of me as just another musician asking them to come to shows or buy music,” she remarks. “It’s more important, and fun, to engage with them and shine a little light on my hobbies and personal life because at the end of the day, I’m really not much different from any of them.”

Mary’s strong work ethic and commitment to her craft has paid off handsomely in recent years. A Casio-sponsored artist, she was featured in an online advertising campaign for the company’s new line of keyboards in 2011 and her song “The Darkness” was placed in the Lionsgate motion picture The Devil’s Seed (ironically, a horror film).   In 2014, her song “Move”was featured during a final dance on Lifetime’s tv show “Dance Moms.”

Mary has organized a number of extensive tours as well, opening for artists such as Jeffrey Gaines, Mike Doughty, Teddy Geiger, Ryan Cabrera, and Rachel Yamagata, and she has appeared at several major festivals including CMJ and SXSW. She often treats fans to a unique stage set-up when performing on her own, featuring a loop pedal that she uses to effortlessly layer rhythmic beats and beautiful background harmonies over her unmistakably unique piano playing and vocals.

Whether you experience Mary Jennings on stage or on one of the handful of albums she has released, you’re witnessing a very special artist who has confidently found her voice over the course of a long, and at time, heartbreaking journey.


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