Marca Cassity
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Marca Cassity

Oakland, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Oakland, California, United States
Established on Jan, 2014
Solo Folk Singer/Songwriter

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"Marca Cassity Songs from the Well"

Side One: Track One (if CDs had sides, anyway): “Hallelujah.” My knee-jerk reaction: Oh, no! Not again! Which upon hearing the song told me that I need to have my inner knee worked on. After calming down and realizing that this was, indeed, not yet another lame cover of the Leonard Cohen-penned song but another song entirely, I laid back to listen to Marca Cassity and by the end of her song of the same title, was not just ready but anxious for what was to follow, for her “Hallelujah” is slightly upbeat, seemingly spiritual, and quite infectious. There seemed to be more than a hint of Native American influence, though what I have heard (beyond rock band Redbone) is limited enough that I question myself. But it was there. The beat. The feel. The simulated chant in the background. Whatever it was, it made me listen closer to what followed.
And what followed convinced me that Marca Cassity is hardly a one trick pony. Besides the fact that she is obviously a songwriter with whom to be reckoned, she writes to the song rather than the genre. Each song surrounds an idea or emotion. Each lives in its own world. And yet taken together, they paint a picture of Cassity's world.
And it is a positive one. “Root,” for instance, cries out for women to embrace individuality. “Bells” honors her Native American heritage (she grew up on a reservation in Oklahoma--- she is Osage). “Hallelujah,” a nod to the power of that which is (the sustaining chord of the organ/keyboard in the background not only supports the spiritual feel but is mesmerizing, as well). “Goodbye” flashes back to modern folk in a Judy Collins kind of way, the message all Cassity. “Raven” uses a choogling beat to excellent effect (the arrangement, especially the vocals, are impressive as well).
The real ear-catcher for me is the soulful “Disasters,” a song which could easily have come from the heydays of Stax and a ballad of the first water. Again, arrangement takes the song over the top, the music beautiful but simple, the vocal arrangement fitting for Cassity's tenor/alto tones. If I had the time, I could easily loop this for an entire afternoon or evening and never tire of it.
I'm going to step out on a limb here and credit producer Julie Wolf for her influence. I am not sure exactly what she did or didn't do but whatever it was I am impressed. Wolf has worked with a number of successful (and probably less than successful) artists and I am sure learned a hell of a lot during her journey. She puts it to good use on Songs From the Well. Very good use. - No Depression Magazine


"Marca Cassity Brings Us Songs From the Well"

Marca Cassity has been busy, she has released the great folk song “How to Love”, which Marca says honours “the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, and the amazing sisters and womyn who gave me so much love and healing there this year!” She has also given us her fourth studio album, Songs From The Well and it oozes spirituality and soul.

“How to Love” is recorded with her friend and producer Julie Wolf from the Indigo Girls fame and the influence that Wolf brings to this track is evident. However Marca has her own sound and she shines in this track as her vocals carry proudly over the acoustic guitar declaring, “oh sisters/we know how to love”.

“Hallelujah” is the first track off Songs From The Well and it’s full of tribal themes in the instrumentals. “Free” breaks from the tribal feel of its predecessor and lifts into an upbeat folk tune, which is underpinned by a tight guitar and percussion line.

Thick with funk and blues, “Burn” features cool beats and Marca croons through the versus into the chorus with ease.

It’s the guitar riffs in the introduction to “Goodbye” that distinctly remind me of Ani Difranco’s early work. As the song traverses through the bars we are introduced to a piano line that has the effect of creating a dreamy ballad all whilst Marca laments love. Hitting the mid-point of the album we also get to the standout track “Raven”. Staying true to her Osage Indian ancestry and heritage Marca makes a connection with the listener that is spiritual.

This is an album that takes you on a journey seeped in earthy tones and Marca’s voice is warm and inviting. You can’t help but be drawn to it with its smoothness and her infectious folk lilt. Again produced by Julie Wolf (Indigo Girls) this influence is evident throughout the album. Honored by the Osage Nation with a tribal artist grant and supported by fans through an Indiegogo campaign, Marca has brought us a powerful album full of folk spirit songs. - Curve Magazine


"SONGS FROM THE WELL’ - MARCA CASSITY - MILEPOSTS ON JOURNEYS, MOMENTS OF LEARNING AND WISDOM-FORGING ENCOUNTERS"

There’s tangible spirit running through ‘Songs from the Well’ by Marca Cassity, a deep earthy feel that echoes roads travelled and times shared. Engendered by a combination of her Osage IndianMarcaCassitySongs From The Well ancestry and heritage, the songs relate tales marking mileposts on journeys, moments of learning and wisdom-forging encounters. Marca states: “The songs are inspired by my fascination of how we as people overcome hardship, and find resilience in our creative, powerful, and beautiful ways.” And to be honest, those are better words than I could write to describe what you hear on ‘Songs from the Well’.
It’s not hard to feel Marca’s enduring love and respect for life-force flowing through every track, with a roots-inspired folk rock style that makes her songs enduringly attractive. Clearly, it’s taken time, endurance and a certain inner-strength to articulate these stories. Told with no holding back on expression, no fear to say what has to be said and no hint of compromise. Listen to the opener, ‘Hallelujah’ laid across a moody pulsing rhythm and meditate on its hope for the future, take in the penetrating edge of ‘Free’ with haunting backing vocals, and bathe your ears in revelation-filled emotionwith ‘Disasters’. Throughout ‘Songs from the Well’ Marca uses the full depth of her voice to build the strength of her songs - ‘Goodbye’ and ‘Raven’ show the power, while mellower ‘Tree’ and ‘Declaring’ expose a more pensive edge.
Musicians on ‘Songs from the Well’ are: Marca Cassity (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, backing vocals) Adam Levy (acoustic and electric guitars, backing vocals) Dawn Richardson (drums, percussion) Paul Olguin (bass) and Julie Wolf (Hammond B3, Rhodes, piano, wurlitzer, accordion, backing vocals) with Michaelle Goerlitz (tambourine, shakers, tan tan, triangle, cymbals, shekere) Green Huse and Rachel Garlin (backing vocals) plus Cici Kinsman and Ellen Cassity (hand claps) James Gregory and Tavish Kelly (dance bells). - Folk Words UK


Discography

Songs from the Well (2014)

Tribally-funded and recorded at Fantasy Studios by Julie Wolf, "Songs from the Well" is a collection of 11 folk rock spirit songs
that delivers a positive message with Native nuances that speaks to
overcoming hardship through resilience, in connection to nature, humor,
love, compassion, spirituality, and heritage.

Deeper (2006)

Marca Cassity's 2006 album features Julie Wolf on keys, Woody Simmons on
piano, Maya Dorn harmonies, spoken word of Julian Allen, members of
Rosen Covin, Deb Lane on drums, and Mike Abraham on guitar.

Highly Live from The Blue Door (2002)

Live show from OKC's Blue Door in 2002, with guest appearance by Patrice Pike of Sister 7 fame.

Marca Cassity (1998)

Marca Cassity's 1998 debut album, produced by Wil Masisak with guest
appearances by Whitney Rehr and Libby Kirpatrick. Featuring the song
Elevation, which is on the soundtrack of Warren Miller film Cold Fusion.





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"A Soulful Songstress"  - the LA Weekly

"A Folk Rock Hurricane"  -the Norman Transcript

Marca Cassity plays folk rock spirit songs that deliver a positive message with Native nuances that speak to overcoming hardship through resilience, in connection to nature, humor, love, compassion, spirituality, and heritage.Called a soulful songstress, by the L.A. Weekly, Marca was raised in rural Oklahoma. The product of her Osage Indian ancestry and blue-collar sweat, hard work is no mystery to Marca, and it shows in her art and her expression.

Music was a gift and a path.  At three, Marca was singing Johnny Cash songs to her family and by elementary school was entering piano competitions. Then, in her teens, her cousin Eddie taught her to play bluegrass guitar and she found herself drawn to the music of such powerful rock-roots artists as Neil Young and Melissa Etheridge.

At 21, having outgrown her small town, Marca set out on her life's journey, eventually studying with spiritual teachers and musicians from around world. Along the way, she was accompanied by the wisdom of Pema Chodron, Ram Dass, and Rumi and she found solace in transcendental music. Ultimately, the grace and grit of these roots, combined with the circular energy of mantra, took Marca back home.

While songwriting and touring in 2001, Marca found herself in the Bay Area and has been writing music, singing, and performing there since.

In April 2014, Marca released "Songs from the Well," an 11-song, tribally-funded album produced by Julie Wolf, who has collaborated with such musical acts as Indigo Girls and Ani DiFranco. The album speaks to overcoming hardship through resilience, connection to nature, humor, love, spirituality, and heritage. On stage, Marca embraces her audiences with music, wit, ease and wisdom.

Marca's music career has spanned twenty years and she's performed in venues and events across America and Canada, including The Blue Door, Oklahoma City; Fox Theater, Boulder; Harmony Festival, Santa Rosa; Earth Day, San Francisco; and the Mystic Garden Party Festival, Maui. 




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