Mary Beth Maziarz

Mary Beth Maziarz

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Mary Beth Maziarz is a beautiful force onstage -- whether moving adults to tears or children to a joyous frenzy, her voice, piano, and presence creates music that's alive, relevent, and full of emotion. Your body and your heart will remember why you love music and why songs really matter so much.

Biography

Mary Beth Maziarz is most recognized for her heartfelt and soulful songs on Dawson's Creek, Everwood, or other tv shows and films, but she's a multifaceted writer and recording artist and a stunningly compelling live artist as well. What does she sound like? The love child of raw passion and refinement -- Susan Tedeschi meets Karen Carpenter. Bonnie Raitt meets Diana Krall. She's opened for greats like Etta James and Shawn Colvin, and played for crowds of thousands at festivals, competitions, and her own shows. Very well known in her home region (and some foreign territories), it's time for Mary Beth Maziarz to make a national impact in the U.S.

MB started writing songs as a kid in Illinois -- jamming out her compositions on the funky upright piano in her family's basement. When Mom and Dad decided she'd earned a spot in the living room, a grand piano came onto the scene upstairs, and she started playing when 'company' came over. Piano cover gigs soon started competing with her steady seventh-grade babysitting nights (and winning), so she began taking the song thing more seriously.

She first performed her original music as a freshman in high school, playing her song “Friends – Through the Years” for girls from school while playing hookey from tennis practice. The seniors really liked it – they cried! -- and badgered her to play it for the school talent show. Mary Beth played it for the talent show and the crowd was on their feet. She was hooked -- and the signs of her true talent began to emerge.

In college at Northwestern University in Evanston IL, MB played in local cafes and composed scores for student plays. The college scene was glutted with emerging songwriters, but Mary Beth carved out a devoted fan base while playing a weekly residency at Tommy Nevins’ Pub. Singing at the pub, also home to Mary Beth’s dubious waitress skills, allowed her to experiment with new material and develop a better rapport with audiences. (Patrons’ drunkenness helped with her nervousness.) A year at Oxford in England also brought more pub-playing opportunities; then, as now, British Sterling was hammering the dollar, so the little sing-for-her-supper gigs and attentive audiences really nourished the young performer.

After school, as her compatriots largely went off to find fame & fortune as actors in Hollywood or as number-crunchers at Arthur Anderson, MB announced she was moving Out West. . . to Utah, specifically – part-time home to movie stars, record moguls, and other fabulously connected people. She began a longterm gig at the Riverhorse Café, a beautiful, upscale lemon-in-the-water restaurant on Main Street. The Riverhorse gave her music a high-profile place to grow in Park City and a place to begin distributing her first two albums (“Something Real” & “Snowed In”) as her performances there began to draw serious support from locals and glitterati visitors alike. Her lush piano skills and gorgeous alto, along with a charismatic warmth and sense of humor onstage, began attracting more and more attention. She was soft soul, incarnated into the body of a 5’10” blonde with a sweet smile and an earthy sense of humor. Invitations to play high-profile gigs began filling her in-box.

In 1999, Mary Beth’s music caught the ears of producers of the popular tv show, “Dawson’s Creek.” They contacted her about featuring one of her songs, “Hold On,” in the final scene of the Season Three Premiere. Everything changed. More of her songs were featured in the show. Other folks came a callin’. Fans wrote to her, clamoring for all the DC songs on one album. She listened, printing a few hundred CDs of the songs and demos that appeared on Dawson’s Creek, calling the project “A More Perfect World.” They sold out in nine days. She made more, and the demand for that intimate album has remained steady ever since.

From there, she put out the shimmering “Goodnight, Goodnight” and continued to find her music in demand for tv shows (Party of Five, Everwood, Joan of Arcadia) and films (Broken Hearts Club, The Real Thing). Mary Beth also found herself performing at outdoor festivals, bigger club gigs, and upscale “house concerts”-- private concerts in ballrooms, outdoor stages, and music rooms around the country (including those of Robert Redford and associates of Donald Trump). In November of 2004, her music jumped the pond when her song “True Believer” became the theme for “Bianca – Wege Zum Gluck,” a show that airs every day in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. She brushed up on her German. There was much brushing to do. She is closer to communicating in French or Japanese, even, but tries her best in whatever language listeners are using.

After a nourishing rest in the album production process, MB went back into the studio with producer Craig Poole. Poole’s rock-solid rhythmic sensibility and love of sweet old-school funk/R&B brought a new energy and groo

Lyrics

Pick It Up!

Written By: Mary Beth Maziarz

Pick it Up!

I saw a turtle in a tidepool
He was so little, yeah he was so cool
I saw him struggling with a paper cup
I thought I’d help him out and pick it up

It’s a big old sea, it’s a great big world
So every boy and every girl
We’ve got to do our part
You know it’s up to us
We’ve got to pick it up
Pick it up … we’ve got to pick it up .. pick it up

Sometimes when I’m walking on the shore
I see the shells but there’s so much more
All the styrofoam and soda cans
Washing up on our beautiful sand

It’s a big old lake, it’s a great big world
So every boy and every girl
We’ve got to do our part
You know it’s up to us
We’ve got to pick it up
Pick it up … we’ve got to pick it up .. pick it up

Bridge: Every day it matters more
The little things that we can do
‘Cause if we want a healthy shore
It’s up to me and you. . .
I know that we can do it!

So now whenever we go to the beach
We keep a bag there within our each
We toss the bottles, paper, plastic and the cans in
And drop it into the recycling bin

It’s a big old bay, it’s a great big world
So every boy and every girl
We’ve got to do our part
You know it’s up to us
We’ve got to pick it up
Pick it up … we’ve got to pick it up .. pick it up

It’s a big old sea, It’s a great big world
So every boy and every girl
We’ve got a real good start, but there’s so much to do
Come on let’s pick it up!

The Best Day

Written By: Mary Beth Maziarz

The Best Day

I was so excited, couldn’t sleep all night
We woke up early, the sun was bright
Dad made chocolate chip pancakes just for fun

We loaded up the car and hit the road
And saw the seagulls fly as we got close
We jumped out and raced down to the pier, and guess what? I won!

It was the best day
It was the best day
It was the best day
It was the best day
The best day

We laid a big blanket in the sand
And had a picnic there with Mom and Dad
Then imagined things in clouds as they rolled by

We got our shovels and some stuff we found
And built a castle that was all tricked out
And later it was still standing safe, surrounded by the tide

CHORUS

I wish each day could be this easy, this free
Just hanging out, kickin’ back with my whole family
See how fun we all can be…

We made a fire when the sun dipped down
And got excited when Mom pulled the marshmallows out
We snuggled up real close and watched the stars

The fire burned to an orangey glow
We doused it down and it was time to go
Before I even knew it, I was sleeping in the car

CHORUS

Discography

2008/9:
"My Beach Town -- Songs from Crab Cove" (series soundtk)
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2005: "Wish"
2002: "Goodnight, Goodnight"
2000: "Supernatural"
1998: "A More Perfect World"
1997: "Snowed In"
1996: "Something Real"

Set List

Mary Beth customizes set lists for each show based on the venue, schedule, and host preferences (if a house concert or private performance). A typical set might last about 1-1.5 hours and include 12-18 songs. Mary Beth enjoys sharing stories and histories about the songs (whether hers or other people's songs) in a contemporary version of the cabaret tradition. She'll often include 1-2 'lost covers' in a set -- songs you haven't heard in ages but just love.