Mary Hocks
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Mary Hocks

Band Folk Singer/Songwriter


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"Mike Miller"

"Spinning the Sky has a seamless, soulful groove that I find very intoxicating. Jazzy at times, folkie at others, even when dipping into Indian or Island flavors, it remains consistent to an overall laid back vibe. Mary's songs tumble forth with poetic grace revealing insights that invite the listener to read along as she sings. She is a marvelous singer and songwriter."

Michael Miller, author of Hootie! How the Blowfish put the Pop Back in Pop Rock (1997) and contributing author to Making Notes: Music of the Carolinas (2008). - online

"Otis Taylor's On The Scene: Picks of the Week"

Hocks, a genteel songwriter based in Atlanta, will release her new CD, "Spinning the Sky." She will be joined by Danielle Howle and Elaine Townsend, who appear on the CD. Openers Free Planet Radio, the three-piece that backed Hocks on "Spinning," will sit in on Hock's set. FPR, which sparkled at the Columbia Museum of Art in February, also has a new CD, "The Unraveling."

by Otis Taylor
Fri., Oct 24, 2008
Weekend Section - The State Newspaper, Columbia SC

"Sound Bites"

Sound Bites
Mary Hocks — Lots of singer-songwriters are described as "literate," but in the case of this Atlanta artist, it's an even more fitting term given her day job in the English department ....[T]he music on her debut album Spinning the Sky mixes jazz, folk and pop to come up with a relaxing yet powerful presentation that will go down easy with fans of K.D. Lang, Julia Fordham and Jonatha Brooke. Guests on the record include Danielle Howle, Elaine Townsend and producer Chris Rosser; guests at this concert include Howle, Townsend and Free Planet Radio.

by K. Oliver
Issue #21.43. 10/22/2008 - 10/28/2008 - Free Times, Columbia, SC

"Song of the Year Award" - Song of the Year


Spinning the Sky (July 2008)



Mary Hocks released her first studio album of original music, Spinning the Sky, in July of 2008 and won honorable mentions for the title track from Song of the Year and Mike Pinder's Songwars Songwriting Competitions. Her song “Poor Soul” also received an honorable mention from the SongDoor 2008 International Songwriting Competition. “Hand in a Glove” was featured by for an Artist Listing on Local MusiCafe. These and other songs from Spinning the Sky have received college and community radio airplay.

Mary shared the stage with Elaine Townsend at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and performed with Free Planet Radio and Danielle Howle for the UU Coffeehouse Concert series in Columbia, SC. She has performed at the Flat Rock Music Festival in Asheville, NC, the International Festival at Emory University, Enochs Coffeehouse in Atlanta, as well as many house concerts. Recently, Mary shared the night with Roxie Watson at Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, GA.