Marcy Priest

Marcy Priest

 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
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Marcy Priest is a songwriting worship leader based in Oklahoma. A mix of intense energy, infectious laughter, and contagious passion, she is best known for leading worship at LifeChurch.tv and is an artist of exceptional depth who sings and leads with an honesty that is unmistakably her own.

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...taking center stage at Tulsa's DFEST – Joe Wertz, Oklahoma Gazette

Marcy Priest finds an easy home alone onstage with an acoustic guitar or behind the piano leading a full band through “Awake,” her just-released album. The release is upbeat and Priest is upfront throughout the seven-song disc, a polished offering lead by the wide-eyed “Runaway Train”; the indie piano declaration, “Enough”; and her storming “Never Ending,” during which she says it best: “I’m a weapon or an instrument.”

Marcy Priest's "Enough" a finalist in the 2008 USA Songwriting Competition – USA Songwriting Competition

Marcy's song "Enough" has been selected as a finalist for the 2008 USA Songwriting Competition in the Gospel/Inspirational category.

Since 1995, the USA Songwriting Competition, the world's leading international songwriting event, has been honoring songwriters, composers, bands, and recording artists everywhere. Winners are selected by a Blue Ribbon committee of music industry judges including record label publishers, producers from Universal Music, Warner, EMI, Sony/BMG Music and other distinguished professionals.

Marcy Priest has been nominated for the 2008 Independent Singer-Songwriters Association Pop Song Award – Independent Singer-Songwriter Association (ISSA)

Marcy's song "Runaway Train" has been selected as a nominee for the 2008 Independent Singer-Songwriters Association Award in the Pop category.

The Independent Singer-Songwriter Association (ISSA) Song Contest is an international competition supporting the disciplines of songwriting, musicianship and performance. The main objective is to give independent singer-songwriters the opportunities to have their music heard and help them to establish a larger fan base. Songs are judged by diverse panel of judges including Grammy and Billboard award winners, music industry professionals, musicians, music buyers and fans. Songs are judged on composition, musicality, melody, marketability, lyrics and originality.

Contest winners will be announced in October 2008. Look for Marcy in the ISSA's Nominee Gallery at http://www.issa-music.org by June 30.

Marcy Priest's "Grace" has advanced to the Final Round in the 2008 Austin Songwriters Group Song Contest – Austin Songwriters Group

Marcy's song "Grace" has advanced to the Final Round in the 2008 Austin Songwriters Group Song Contest.

The Austin Songwriters Group was founded in 1987 by Christine Albert, Tommy Pierce, and Craig Calvert as a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and developing aspiring songwriters. The group provides numerous opportunities for working with publishers, A&R reps and other music industry professionals.

Marcy Priest's "Awake" getting coast-to-coast airplay on College & Independent Radio – Marcy Priest Music

Beginning October 7th, Marcy's album "Awake" began getting airplay on 171 college and independent stations across the country, from California to New York, making its way into the Top 30 on a few stations as well.

Marcy Priest's "Awake" getting coast-to-coast airplay on College & Independent Radio – Marcy Priest Music

Beginning October 7th, Marcy's album "Awake" began getting airplay on 171 college and independent stations across the country, from California to New York, making its way into the Top 30 on a few stations as well.

Marcy Priest's "Awake" – Trevor Dye, JamBase.com

Awake, the debut album from Oklahoma City based singer/songwriter Marcy Priest is a thematically poignant title, signifying both the realization of an artist's life dream and, for listeners, an awakening from the recent wave of platitudinously ‘original’ singer/songwriters. The album consistently features a vocal-centric aesthetic...Priest comes across as part Annie Lennox, part Sarah McLachlan while the guitar work evokes thoughts of Andy Summers (The Police).

Marcy Priest Shifts from Studio to Stage – Oklahoma Gazette

This collection...is a platform for Marcy Priest to put her voice upfront through various roles, whether it's featured in the crunching rock of "Never Ending", the soft, spiritual gospel of "Grace", the smoky, jazz-fueled "New Name", or even the soul-siren turn she takes in "Enough."
-- Charles Martin

Review: Marcy Priest, "Awake" – Indie Update (Indie Music Blog)

Most of the songs from this Oklahoma City artist are certainly easy to listen to. The tunes are not overplayed. The treatment of such tunes as "Finding You" from Awake (2008 Braveh Music) leads the listener to believe this is a very personal statement from Priest. Then come the songs "Never Ending," and "Runaway Train," which don't sound less personal or intense, but the rhythms take a listener somewhere other than the "Finding You" world. There's a bit of torch in Priest. I think the key to separating Priest from some other individual singers is in really understanding the lyrics. Keep your ears open for this gal.

Review: Marcy Priest, "Awake" – Indie Update (Indie Music Blog)

Most of the songs from this Oklahoma City artist are certainly easy to listen to. The tunes are not overplayed. The treatment of such tunes as "Finding You" from Awake (2008 Braveh Music) leads the listener to believe this is a very personal statement from Priest. Then come the songs "Never Ending," and "Runaway Train," which don't sound less personal or intense, but the rhythms take a listener somewhere other than the "Finding You" world. There's a bit of torch in Priest. I think the key to separating Priest from some other individual singers is in really understanding the lyrics. Keep your ears open for this gal.

"Runaway Train" a Top 25 Finalist in the 2009 Nashville Music City Songwriting Competition – Nashville Music City Songwriting Competition

Marcy Priest's song "Runaway Train" from her debut album "Awake" has been named a Top 25 Finalist in the 2009 Nashville Music City Songwriting Competition. The winning songwriter will be announced October 30th 2009 and will be flown to Nashville to experience a writing session with a professional songwriter, be given a personal backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry, give a live interview on Nashville's GAC TV, plus receive airplay of the winning song on the Sirius XM show "Music City Connection: Heroes Behind the Hits", an Epiphone Masterbuilt acoustic guitar, and $1,000 cash.

Thanks to the success of the Music City Songwriting Competition, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau is again conducting this world-wide search for the best original song and is partnering with Josh Turner, SIRIUS|XM Satellite Radio, Jack Daniel's, GAC, Southwest Airlines, f.y.e., and Renaissance Nashville Hotel to make it all happen. The judging panel consists of top names in the Nashville music industry, including hit songwriter Brett James, recording artist Josh Turner, Grammy-winning songwriter Tim Nichols, ASCAP's Mike Sistad, Alex Torrez, GAC's host Storme Warren and Nashville CVB President, Butch Spyridon.

See the Top 25 Finalist list at http://themusiccitysongwriter.com/swc_subSubmit.html.

"Runaway Train" a Top 25 Finalist in the 2009 Nashville Music City Songwriting Competition – Nashville Music City Songwriting Competition

Marcy Priest's song "Runaway Train" from her debut album "Awake" has been named a Top 25 Finalist in the 2009 Nashville Music City Songwriting Competition. The winning songwriter will be announced October 30th 2009 and will be flown to Nashville to experience a writing session with a professional songwriter, be given a personal backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry, give a live interview on Nashville's GAC TV, plus receive airplay of the winning song on the Sirius XM show "Music City Connection: Heroes Behind the Hits", an Epiphone Masterbuilt acoustic guitar, and $1,000 cash.

Thanks to the success of the Music City Songwriting Competition, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau is again conducting this world-wide search for the best original song and is partnering with Josh Turner, SIRIUS|XM Satellite Radio, Jack Daniel's, GAC, Southwest Airlines, f.y.e., and Renaissance Nashville Hotel to make it all happen. The judging panel consists of top names in the Nashville music industry, including hit songwriter Brett James, recording artist Josh Turner, Grammy-winning songwriter Tim Nichols, ASCAP's Mike Sistad, Alex Torrez, GAC's host Storme Warren and Nashville CVB President, Butch Spyridon.

See the Top 25 Finalist list at http://themusiccitysongwriter.com/swc_subSubmit.html.

Marcy Priest's "Never Ending" recipient of a 2009 100% Music Songwriting Contest Honor Award – 100% Music Songwriting Contest

Marcy Priest's song "Never Ending" has been named a recipient of an Honor Award in the 2009 100% Music Songwriting Contest, an international songwriting contest. There were 9 categories and Honor Awards went to the top 20 songs in each category -- in which "Never Ending" was selected in the Pop category. See the complete list of Honor Award recipients at http://www.100-music-songwriting-contest.com/2009-honorawards.

The 100% Music Songwriting Contest is a songwriting competition open to all bands, musicians and songwriters, from any part of the world, amateurs or professionals. The competition is judged by a panel of independent music industry professionals including record label presidents, professional artists, journalists, publishers and producers. Songs are judged primarily on music composition and melody.

Marcy Priest's "Never Ending" recipient of a 2009 100% Music Songwriting Contest Honor Award – 100% Music Songwriting Contest

Marcy Priest's song "Never Ending" has been named a recipient of an Honor Award in the 2009 100% Music Songwriting Contest, an international songwriting contest. There were 9 categories and Honor Awards went to the top 20 songs in each category -- in which "Never Ending" was selected in the Pop category. See the complete list of Honor Award recipients at http://www.100-music-songwriting-contest.com/2009-honorawards.

The 100% Music Songwriting Contest is a songwriting competition open to all bands, musicians and songwriters, from any part of the world, amateurs or professionals. The competition is judged by a panel of independent music industry professionals including record label presidents, professional artists, journalists, publishers and producers. Songs are judged primarily on music composition and melody.