Maryland performing songwriter Mary Byrd Brown is critically acclaimed for her energetic and passionate performance art, and in particular for her distinctive rich vocals and her unique delivery that simultaneously invoke Billie Holiday and Joni Mitchell. From compelling grooves to spellbinding ballads, Mary draws from inspirations as diverse as jazzy torch songs and playful satire.
Her impressive career spans more than decades and credits include prestigious awards and grants, five albums, significant radio airplay, and shared stages with many folk and Americana luminaries such as Richie Havens, Tom Paxton and Loudon Wainwright III.
Her latest recording, "Live at House in the Woods" Woods, showcases her prodigious range of
styles and topics; from the breathy reflections on life's last moments ("Whispers") or the universality of childhood imaginings ("Liberty") to a sass-filled blues about falling for losers ("Dark Side").
Though well-established as a solo artist in folk music circles, her myriad interests are reflected in her signature style: "a slippery shuffle between folk, rock, blues, country and jazz.."
In addition to renowned concert halls, clubs and festivals, Mary's performance resume also includes a variety of venues, ranging from coffeehouses and college campuses to seminars and house concerts.
She tours nationally, energizing enthusiastic audiences - town by town, city by city, state
by state. "It's Brown's ability to connect with a live audience that has built her a wide following that cuts across regional boundaries and musical genres." (Nicholson House Concerts). In 1999, the readers of Music Monthly acknowledged that
connection by voting Mary Best of Genre in Folk Folk.
Whether on a big festival stage or at an intimate spiritual celebration, Mary's performance leads through an emotional journey across the landscape of human experience and shares her
refreshing perspective on life's vital challenges.