In this exclusive interview, MaryC and the Stellars are ready to take you on a soulful journey. Mary C and the Stellars brings class, blues, and a perfect mixture of a natural element. Her vocals personifies the true meaning of soul; let’s not forget the amazing harmony of the Stellars. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this exclusive one on one interview with Mary C!
Q: When did you realize that you wanted to be a singer?
My mother (Mercedes Hall) is a singer and vocal coach. She had me singing scales at the age of 5! I was always singing, but at 14 I was accepted into LaGuardia HS in NYC also known as the “FAME” school. It was during my years there as a vocal major, that I knew being a songwriter and singer was what my calling was!
Q: Who inspired you to sing?
My mother first and foremost! She put me on to incredible vocalist like Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Tena Marie, Etta James, Tina Turner. At a young age my Brother played me a PRINCE record and I’ve been in love ever since! In my book, PRINCE is the greatest living performer! Period.
Q: What kind of music is in your ipod or iphone?
Wow, A little bit of everything! Growing up in NYC gives you an extremely eclectic palate for everything! I love old school Hip Hop, Blues, Pop, Jazz, Rock.. Basically anything that has SOUL in it! A few artists I’m listening to right now, The Black Keys, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Fitz and The Tantrums, Bruno Mars, but I love the greats- BB KING, James Brown, Tina. .. their records never get old!
Q: As for your style, how would you describe it?
Just like my music, ECLECTIC! Living in NY will do that to you- which is great! Music and Fashion go hand in hand. One inspires the other. I love mixing vintage pieces with current looks. When Old meets New.. Kindda like the sounds of Mary C and The Stellars!
Q: What pieces would be found in your wardrobe?
Lots of fringe, sequin, leather.. vintage pieces that I’ve collected across the country. Lots of vintage tee shirts. I love to mix it up, while staying comfy.
Q: Which celebrity closet would you raid?
I really love Nicole Richie’s style. She has a great jewelry line.. and I am a HUGE accessory lover!
Q: On a more personal note, what would you like to tell your fans something that they don’t already know?
Hmm.. That’s tough. Myself and the band, we tend to leave it all on the stage for our fans. We take you on a journey during our live shows- that’s the best way we can let you know who we are. On the stage, through our songs.
Sassy. I’m a New Yorker, that’s why 🙂
Q: What advice would you give your fans that are also going after their dreams of becoming a singer?
Keep going! An artist’s journey is never an easy one. It’s hard, really hard. But I recently read this piece in the LA Times that I think says it best. It’s long- but worth the read. It really explains the beauty and struggle of an artist. For me, it was truly touching and inspiring.
“Singers and Musicians are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day, they face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they’ll never work agai…n. Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every note, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life – the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because musicians and singers are willing to give their entire lives to a moment – to that melody, that lyric, that chord, or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul. Singers and Musicians are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another’s heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.” – David Ackert, LA Times
Q: So what is your next move?
We’re performing a lot. That’s how our movement is growing- friends telling friends about us, bringing them to our shows. We really rely on word of mouth and our supporters are amazing! They are the reason people like you know about us! It’s an awesome thing!
We’re back in the studio as well, recording new material. Our 2nd video for the single, ‘Love Automatic’ is coming out this Spring. A few surprises as well.. You’ll just need to stay tuned!
Q: When and where is your next event?
Our next show is Wednesday February 20th at Rockwood Music Hall NYC. It’s at 196 Allen St on the Lower East Side / 7pm show. If you love live music, we promise you 60 mins of pure funk, soul, and sweat! There will be hands in the air, feet moving, hip shakin going on!
And you’re all invited! (link to show here: www.rockwoodmusichall.tickets.musictoday.com/RockwoodMusicHall/moreInfo.aspx?event=154475&outlet=2315)
Q: What else would you like to share with your fans?
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