Mare Wakefield
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Mare Wakefield

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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"Louisville Eccentric Observer"

"Cozy brilliance ... Could she be the merger of Maria McKee, Natalie Merchant, Shawn Colvin and Dolly Parton?" - Michelle Manker


"Maverick Magazine, UK"

Take Me Home is a rootsy, singer/songwriter collection from one of the best we've heard. Four Stars! - Maverick


"Maverick Magazine, UK"

Take Me Home is a rootsy, singer/songwriter collection from one of the best we've heard. Four Stars! - Maverick


"Americana Tonight, Nashville TN"

At time soft and soulful, at others riotous and rowdy ... Wakefield is a unique and wholly self-evolved performer with that special ingredient. - Mark Wehner, Producer/Host


"All Music Guide"

Mare Wakefield has concocted a mellow, likable country-folk sound on "Take Me Home." These songs are imbued with a back-porch quality. Non-pretentious with a mellow, country-folk sound, Wakefield offers a solid group of songs on its own terms. 3 and 1/2 stars.” - Ronnie D. Lankford


"Americana Tonight, Nashville TN"

At time soft and soulful, at others riotous and rowdy ... Wakefield is a unique and wholly self-evolved performer with that special ingredient. - Mark Wehner, Producer/Host


"SanFrancisco Bay Guardian"

More than your typical fly-by-night coffeehouse folk artist [Wakefield is] musically sophisticated, weaving elements of jazz and bluegrass into her compositions. Her lyrics read like stream-of- consciousness short stories. Don’t pass up the opportunity to see her perform. - Cheryl Eddy


"Victory Music Review Magazine"

The songs, the voice, the band is just plain good! A voice a bit reminiscent of early k.d. lang, poignant story-telling, diverse scenarios. Wakefield’s humor and
technique shine from a powerful voice that reaches both ends of the scale. - Nicki Ehrlich


"SanFrancisco Bay Guardian"

More than your typical fly-by-night coffeehouse folk artist [Wakefield is] musically sophisticated, weaving elements of jazz and bluegrass into her compositions. Her lyrics read like stream-of- consciousness short stories. Don’t pass up the opportunity to see her perform. - Cheryl Eddy


"Gazette-Times, Corvallis, OR"

Reminiscent of Dar Williams, conjuring up the ghost of Johnny Cash. Her voice is sweet without being saccharine, familiar without sounding like anyone else, and extremely pleasing to the ear ... The fiddle drew me in, the story line kept me from leaving. - Theresa Hogue


"DJ WCVE FM, Richmond VA"

Why you aren’t a national figure already can only be chalked up to the music business. Your voice, the sublime intelligence of your lyrics and production are first rate. - George Maida


"Gazette-Times, Corvallis, OR"

Reminiscent of Dar Williams, conjuring up the ghost of Johnny Cash. Her voice is sweet without being saccharine, familiar without sounding like anyone else, and extremely pleasing to the ear ... The fiddle drew me in, the story line kept me from leaving. - Theresa Hogue


"NDR, German Public Radio, Hamburg"

Wakefield’s songs are ’old school’ in the best possible way: they have an honesty and directness that nowadays are hard to find. With her lyrics she’s able to make you think and make you smile... she even managed to reincarnate the Ghost of John Denver -- what more can you ask for? - Ruben Jonas Schnell


"The Arcata Eye"

Mare is sultry, cozy and funny; her voice slips somewhere between sweet maple sugar and cognac. Mare’s songs are personal but not agonizing; intimate, but not ponderous. She seems to hold a laugh behind even her more serious lyrics--a laugh and another
lighter step. - The Arcata Eye, Arcata CA


"NDR, German Public Radio, Hamburg"

Wakefield’s songs are ’old school’ in the best possible way: they have an honesty and directness that nowadays are hard to find. With her lyrics she’s able to make you think and make you smile... she even managed to reincarnate the Ghost of John Denver -- what more can you ask for? - Ruben Jonas Schnell


Discography

full-length albums: Meant to Be (2011), Ironwood (2008), Take Me Home (2006), Factory (2001), Girlfriend (1997).

Receiving airplay on non-comm, AAA, Americana and folk stations and radio shows, as well as several internet and web-based radio programs.

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Bio

“Daddy was a seeker,” says Mare Wakefield. “Eventually he became a Salvationist minister. Mama was more of a gypsy, loving nothing more than a long, clear stretch of open highway.”

Mare grew up with wanderlust embedded in her DNA, and lived in 8 different places by the time she was 10 years old. “It was a roller-coaster way to grow up, but my brother and I learned to fit in fast,” she says. “We had our rural Wisconsin accents down in two weeks flat. And eighteen months later we were drawling like native Texans.”

This versatility and love for travel is evident in Mare’s music as well. Listeners roam through Arizona deserts, Oklahoma oil fields and South Dakota plains, and take side-trips to ancient Babylon or the streets of Amsterdam. The journeys go inward too, exploring valor and valentines, hope and heartbreak, and the occasional whiskey-soaked barroom brawl. Story and song are woven seamlessly together by Mare’s intimate delivery and gift for melody. Currently based in Nashville, Mare—pronounced Mary—continues her journey by co-writing with hit songwriters and burning up the highways with her piano-playing husband (aptly named Nomad!) and Martin acoustic guitar in tow.

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Check out Mare's new record with A-list Americana guitarist Will Kimbrough (Mindy Smith, Rodney Crowell, Billy Joe Shaver) and Austin Music Awards instrumentalist of the year Fats Kaplin (Pure Prairie League, Mark Knopfler, Nanci Griffith). Mastered by GRAMMY winning engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, Buddy Guy) and featuring the Great American Song Contest winner "About the War"
Hear tracks: http://audioauthorities.com/meanttobe/

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MARE WAKEFIELD HIGHLIGHTS

**Mare's skill as a performer and songwriter has been recognized by many prestigious songwriting competitions and organizations including:
International Songwriting Competition
Great American Song Contest
River Bluff Music Festival
Willamette Valley Folk Fest
Tumbleweed Music Festival
Music City Unsigned
Berklee College of Music
and more.

**Latest record "Meant to Be" features Great American Song Contest Honor Award winning song, "About the War."

**2012 showcases at SXSW

**"Meant to Be" named on BEST OF 2011 LISTS: WMNF's The Waking Hours and WTUF's Donna' Americana

**Northeast tour with revered songwriter David Olney (Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt) April 2011

**GRAMMY ballot 2009 included Mare's children's record.

**Recent television appearances include “Inside Music Row” (Nashville, TN), “The Set” (St. Louis, MO) and “The Tim Qualls Show,” (Wilmington, DE).

**Independent artists Colleen McFarland, Kelly Fitzgerald and Chris McCallum have recorded and released Mare Wakefield songs.

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MARE WAKEFIELD PRESS

"Oregon cafes, small Texas towns and twangy Nashville rolled into one" ~ Cranky Crow

"Simply Amazing" ~ Skope Magazine

“Musically sophisticated, weaving elements of jazz and bluegrass into her compositions. Don't pass up the opportunity to see her perform.” ~ San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Cozy brilliance ... Could she be the merger of Maria McKee, Natalie Merchant, Shawn Colvin and Dolly Parton?" ~ Michelle Manker, Louisville Eccentric Observer

“A rootsy, singer/songwriter collection from one of the best we've heard. Four Stars!” ~ Maverick Magazine, UK

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BIOGRAPHY

"Every star in the sky will shine for you; every dreamer that died survives in you.” In the refrain of Ironwood opener “Enjoy the View,” Mare Wakefield might just be singing about herself. The girl from Southeast Texas went from playing Oregon coffee shops to headlining major Northwest festivals before a songwriting scholarship brought her to Boston’s Berklee College of Music which boasts alums such as Gillian Welch and Aimee Mann (two of many artists that Mare has been compared to). Currently based in Nashville, Mare--pronounced Mary--continues her upward trajectory by co-writing with hit songwriters and burning up the highways.
Mare and pianist/bassist/husband Nomad Ovunc hit the highways to bring their music to a town near you. Check marewakefield.com for more tour info.

* * * * * * shared stages * * * * * *

Ani DiFranco, Greg Brown, Eliza Gilkyson, Patty Larkin, Peter Mulvey, David Olney, Erin McKeown, Laura Love and more

* * * * * * notable venues * * * * * *

Bluebird Cafe -- Nashville, TN

Tin Angel -- Philadelphia, PA

Eddie's Attic -- Atlanta, GA

Club Passim -- Cambridge, MA

Anderson Fair -- Houston, TX

The Mint -- Los Angeles, CA

Blue Door -- OK City, OK

Mississippi Studios -- Portland, OR

The Knitting Factory -- NYC, NY

World Cafe -- Philadelphia, PA

Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour -- Lexington, KY