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The best kept secret in music


"Daily Hampshire Gazette"

Thursday, May 29, 2003 -- Ask and you shall receive, and pianist/songwriter Marly Hornik is proof. A onetime Valley resident and current NYC denizen, Hornik needed money to make a new record, so she asked fans to chip in $20, and in return she'd send them special donor-only memorabilia. Hornik ended up getting over $10,000.
Her fans ended up getting "Say You Do," a wonderfully confident, tuneful, to-the-point 10-song CD.

The title track finds Hornik somewhere between Brooklyn and a yearning, optimistic West Coast oceanside drive; the immediately grabbing tune will have you nodding your head, telling yourself "there is no reason why this song shouldn't be blasting out of summer top-40 car radios all over this country."
The soaring sing-along chorus and spoken-word bit of "Say You Do" suggest what Lisa Loeb might sound like if she had some soul, but the song also has a '70s Fleetwood Mac (on a smaller budget) vibe.

She's gotten compared to Carole King, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow and even Steely Dan, though I don't personally hear too much of that in the grooves of "Say You Do." The songs - all of which are Hornik originals - seem more in the zone of Joan Armatrading and Joni Mitchell, pop songwriters who have a quirkier musical vocabulary, combining personal lyrics with music that can be breezy, arty, dark, simple, epic, or whatever else their muse takes them to. - Ken Maiuri


This album is a masterpiece from the first note to the last. Getting to review outstanding work like this is the reason I love this job so much.

The CD opens with the title track, a soft rock song about a crazy impulse, which is so appropriate coming from the woman who loves roller coasters and live music. The exuberant nature that shone from her earlier Liberty Heights EP bursts out of the speakers in the blissful “Just The Thought of You.” (“Just the thought of you and I bust out in smiles.... Just the thought of you, and the world is desire rise higher and higher and I fly through the sky...”) The tempo sways happily, and the piano sounds like magic with its full, crashing chords and accompanying percussion.

As in her earlier work, Hornik looks for stories in the faces she sees in her beloved city. “Less a Man” is a sympathetic portrait of a city cop. The unsteady high notes on the piano capture the unpredictability and shaky ground of this man’s life. “Valentine” features lovely string arrangements wrapped around the story of a homeless man who “wears his heart out on his shopping cart.” This woman can write. The music tells the story as much as the words do. Even in sad moments, there’s something beautifully mystic about the way Hornik can bring tears.
- Jennifer Layton


Her letter to us begins, "I am a singer-songwriter-storyteller-flirt from Brooklyn," and I'm thinking, oy, another home-recording, rock-wannabe waitress who doesn't have friends that tell her she sucks. I am pleased as punch to report, however, that this image is quickly dispelled as her voice, angelic and with depth, graces my ears. The title cut has a real nice groove, like a good driving song, as it slowly builds up, dynamically rising and dropping in all the right parts. Hornik knows how to pen a song that is both interesting musically and lyrically, and complementing her is the excellent production on the album. There's a lot going on, many guitars, piano, you know the deal, but the sound altogether is just, dare I say, gorgeous. Coupled with the expert production, you get a disc that is soothing on the ears. Hornik may be to pop rock what Norah Jones is to jazz. We'll see., October 2002
- staff

"New York Post"


September 5, 2003 --
Marly Hornik has a lot of support.

WHEN the going got tough, Marly Hornik turned to her fellow New Yorkers for a hand.

The lead singer of local pop-rock band Marly's Angels, convinced usually skeptical Gothamites — and fans along the East Coast — to foot the entire bill for the band's album, "Say You Do."

Before the Sept. 11 attacks, Hornik, 30, was bartending at a bar six blocks away from the World Trade Center, and saving every penny to record the album.

After the attacks, Hornik's income plummeted to $25 a week when business at the bar, near Ground Zero, dried up and her hopes of recording rapidly evaporated. Then, she hit on the idea of asking her fans to donate money to her recording fund.

"I sent an e-mail to my fans, put it on my Web site and told people at the bar that I wouldn't be able to record because I didn't have the money," says Hornik, who moved here from Massachusetts six years ago.

"The idea to raise money developed because I got such [positive] response from people."

And those people sent Hornik over $10,000 in donations.

"I was totally overwhelmed, it was just unreal," says Hornik. "When I had the idea, I seriously thought I'd get $800 and I'd be able to record one song and put that out as a single."

Instead, envelopes containing donations ranging from $20 to $1,000 (from an anonymous donor) started pouring in during the winter of 2002, mainly from fans of her solo work, who she picked up while touring on the East Coast. The band sometimes plays as a trio, sometimes a quartet.

"I would get to work and there were just stacks of envelopes with cash in them," says Hornik. "That was more than I ever thought would happen — people totally got behind me."

The money was enough for Hornik to hire a string orchestra, produce and engineer the record. She's sold 15,000 copies over the Internet and at shows since the album was released last year.

In a way, she's repaying local supporters with a song. "Track 7 ["True Love Song"] is a love song for New York City," she says. "It pretty much mentions everything in the city — Derek Jeter, Chinese food, the Verrazano, the BQE and Queens — and I never would have written that if I didn't live in New York." - Maxine Shen

"Berkshire Eagle"

August 13, 2003--

BerkFest: More than just jam

While BerkFest, which takes place this weekend at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, is mostly about jam-bands, there are a few exceptions to the rule – although those exceptions do not include hip-hop headliners The Roots and gospel group the Blind Boys of Alabama, both of which were suddenly dropped from the festival lineup a few weeks ago. But fans of Norah Jones and Tori Amos should be sure to check out Marly’s Angels. Led by the fabulous singer-songwriter Marly Hornik, a Northampton native whose sophisticated yet catchy, piano-based pop-rock is alternately soulful like vintage Carole King, sensual like vintage Carly Simon, and -- as heard on “Bluestone Baby” on Hornik’s terrific CD, Say You Do --jazzy like Steely Dan, the group plays on the main stage on Sunday at 1, and should offer a welcome, melodic relief from the relentless, groove- and testosterone-oriented music otherwise on tap at the festival. You can also catch Hornik opening for Crew du Vous at Club Helsinki on Friday night.
- Seth Rogovoy


EP--A Taste Of Marly Hornik, 2000
EP--Liberty Heights, 2001
single--Ground Zero, 2001
LP--Say You Do, 2003


Feeling a bit camera shy


From, 10/02:
"Marly Hornik may be to pop-rock what Norah Jones is to jazz."

From—Front Page Feature 10/02:
“Marly has the quirky, alternative nature of Tori Amos and a pop songwriting sensibility that seriously rivals the legendary Carole King…I absolutely love this album. There is truly something special here. Honestly, I have been looking for something to dislike on this record so the review wouldn't come off like a 10 year old fan trying to convince their friend to buy the ‘best CD I have ever heard’, but you know what? This record is perfect.”

From All Music Guide, 10/02:
“If Say You Do doesn't get high marks for quantity, it gets them for quality. There is no filler to be found on this ten-song disc… Every song is memorable, and Hornik more than lives up to the promise that she showed on Liberty Heights.”

From Frank Woodworth, Ariel Publicity, 9/02:
“One of the most talented singer songwriters I've ever heard.”

From, 8/02:
"This may be a woman you have to see perform live but this is not a woman you introduce to your boyfriend."

Ever feel like great songwriting has been replaced by great marketing? Do you love George Jones AND Stevie Wonder?

Marly’s Angels is a mid-tempo rock band from NYC. Their honest and appealing sound is grounded in the award-winning songs of frontwoman Marly Hornik, and frequently compared to Carole King, Steely Dan, Natalie Merchant and Norah Jones. Although musically they encompass many genres including rock, funk, jazz, and country, the rich arrangements are just a backdrop for the characters who come to life through Marly’s gift for good old story songwriting.

A NYC transplant, Marly’s songs and personality are full of raw emotion and life, immediacy and hope. A wanderer by nature, Marly started her writing and performing career at age 14—then left it behind to hitchhike alone across the USA, travel in South America, sail the Caribbean, ice climb in Alaska, and ski the remotest regions of the Rockies, among other adventures. She made her living as a farmer, baker, forester, translator, beach bunny, and receptionist (!!) but ultimately could not refuse her destiny in music.

Since accepting her fate, Marly has had her songs used on several film soundtracks, including the full-length features ‘Into The Black’, ‘A Rose By Any Other Name’, and particularly ‘Following Antigone’ and one other documentary produced by the human rights organization Witness. Her song ‘Ground Zero’, about September 11th, was distributed by the NYS Department of Mental Health group Project Liberty as part of its trauma counseling services in NYC. She was honored to perform this song as part of a ceremony in Penn Plaza on the anniversary of the attacks. Marly has performed on numerous radio shows, including the Opry Star Spotlight WSM radio show in Nashville. She took second place in the 2001 Georgia Music Industry Association's Songwriting Contest at Eddie's Attic in Atlanta, showcased in the Philadelphia Music Conference, Nashville New Music Conference, and Northampton Music Conference, and has opened for The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Soulive, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Galactic, Tuba Fats, Marc Ribot, Caroline Aitken, Dayna Kurtz, Kenny White, and Chocolate Genius.

Marly’s Angels tours the North and South Eastern US. At home they play the Village Underground, Knitting Factory, Bitter End, and Living Room. Although their combined musical training and resume could fill a page, their playing is neither gimmicky nor flashy. They communicate the songs above all else, and try to live by the motto from which their name is derived, “Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.”

Also here's a cool story:

--How I raised $10,000 from my fans
to record Say You Do!!

Marly Hornik, frontwoman for the NYC band Marly’s Angels, was bartending near the World Trade Center and saving money to record her first full-length album when the terrorist attacks occurred on 9/11/01, wiping out her income and hopes for recording. But the events of that day only increased her desire to follow her dreams.

After two years of booking herself at clubs throughout the Eastern US and selling her two EPs online, Marly had developed a sizeable grassroots following. “If anyone wanted me to release a new record, it was my existing fans. I realized that if each of these people donated just a little bit, I would be able to get the ball rolling.” So she spread the word, putting up a notice on her website, sending out emails, passing out fliers at her shows, making phone calls—using all available resources to let the fans know that, in exchange for a $20 donation to recording costs, they would get an array of donor-only memorabilia and music.

What happened next was like a fairytale dream come true. “I had the checks sent to me at Grace,” (the bar where she works), “and every day for weeks there was a stack of envelopes waiting when I go