Mary Ancheta and the Mantra
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"Mary Ancheta Live Life CD Release"

”The local singer/pianist favors the lush textures of UK trip hop to couch her personalized soul/folk material. Ancheta’s breathy croons are backed by her ace band The Mantra featuring former Neko Case guitarist Paul Rigby, bassist Darren Paris, and drummer Trevor Grant.” Stuart Derdeyn – The Vancouver Province
- The Vancouver Province

"Bands to catch at New Music West"

"The local singer/songwriter lays down a cool, almost trip-hop vibe despite living thousands of miles away from dreary Bristol, England."

- Michael Kissinger, The Vancouver Courier
- The Vancouver Courier

"Straight Choices"

 “One of the city’s most valuable resources moves from the sidelines to the frontlines with the release of her debut solo disc. Fans of soulful ethereal pop with life-affirming lyrics and even the occasional dance-y track will want to shower the singer with flowers and chocolates.”The Georgia Straight
- The Georgia Straight

"March 24/04 @ The Media Club"

"Her music is confident and sexy. Her voice is husky and a controlled-guavering wail as she sits behind her keyboard and smokes out this rolling piano music. Her band includes guitars and trumpets - really spectrum covering."

Cord Magazine - Cord Magazine

"August 2 & 3, Point Roberts Music & Arts Festival. A Testimony"

If you came fo rthe music, Sunday was jam-packed. The funky-grooves of Mary Ancheta and the Mantra opened this grand afternoon. Mary has quite the alluring stage presence as her fingers fly across the keys and she sings in a most sultry manner."

Mark Bignell - Columbia Journal


Live Life LP

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Live Life is the long awaited debut album from Vancouver songwriter/singer/pianist Mary Ancheta. This self produced album was recorded in Ancheta's very own home studio, Transientworld Audio along with the help of co-owner/musician/engineer/ and co-conspirator Mark Lazeski. Mixed by Roger Swan (k-OS, Swollen Members) and mastered by Todd Simko, (Pure) 'Live Life' is a heady mixture of British influenced soul music and live drum and bass all added to songs with uplifting anthemic choruses. If you can imagine Morcheeba meeting Lenny Kravitz to talk about the songwriting of Jeff Buckley then you are getting close.

Who is Mary Ancheta? You've probably already seen her playing keyboards at one time or another with Lily Frost, Adrienne Pierce, Mark Browning of OX, Bocephus King, The Vincent Black Shadow and many more. She now has her own project and a debut album which features Mary's band The Mantra - Trevor Grant on drums/percussion (Paula Toledo), Darren Parris on bass/vocals (Daniel Powter/Kia Kadiri), Paul Rigby on electric guitar (Neko Case), and Mark Lazeski on acoustic guitar/vocals (Retrograde). The album also features Juno award winner Jesse Zubot (Zubot and Dawson/Jim Byrnes) on violin and the multi-talented J.P. Carter (Great Aunt Ida/Carsick) on trumpet. Together, along with Ancheta herself on vocals and keyboards 'Live Life' is a poignant reminder of the simple beauty that envelops our life.

Mary has played to many large audiences across Canada and the U.S., having shared bills with such artists as Nickelback, John Mayer, Hawksley Workman, Default, and Emm Gryner to name a few. Maryís vocals have been featured in Michael Jackson's VH1 Biography for the Transientworld track, "Shelter", and she recently scored the film "Everyone" which was awarded the Golden Zenith Award for Best Canadian Film at the 2004 Montreal International Film Festival. Mary is also the two time winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest featuring her vocals for the track "Forever in the Sun" judged by Bjork, Elton John, and Meshell Ndegeocello with over 250, 000 entries. With all of this inspiration and more to build on, Mary is now ready to release her highly anticipated debut album, Live Life.

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