“Mary's vocal instrument weaves color, power, control, height and depth in her delivery of any genre of music. ”
mary Cross....Soul Diva
A Contralto described as 'the mother of cool Smoke' upon release of her debut single entitled: 'In Love There's A Risk', written and produced by Philadephia's own Grammy Nominated Producer Donald Robinson.
The single first charted on UK Soul Top 30 and has since held number one position on various charts worldwide!
Album anticipated for release in late 2020!
With her characteristically rich and dynamic vocal abilities, Mary Cross consistently delivers show stopping performances across the United States. The NJ-born and raised singer-songwriter takes audiences on a journey, as she masterfully executes renditions of contemporary and old-school Jazz and Classic R&B. Once described as being “the total package”, she has a reputation for her spellbinding stage presence that builds deep intimacy with the crowd.
Influenced by, and often compared to the likes of the late great Phyllis Hyman, Mary borrows elements from those she grew up listening to -- namely Nina Simone, Burt Bacharach, Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston and many more. As far as contemporaries go, she also is inspired by India Arie, H.E.R., Sevyn Streeter, Isley Brothers, Sara Barielles, and Gregory Porter to name but a few. Many of these artists listed are featured within her set rotations, of which are performed in varying formats -- everything from classical R&B affairs, to acoustic guitar accompaniments, quartets and even full jazz outfits.
Mary Cross has received notable media from Phillycam’s The Other Tony Bennett television show, and radio stations WPPM 106.5 FM, with hosts Sherry Lee Patterson, Dr. Alicia Bullock (Alicia’s Peace), and Tracey B. Jones as well as WFLR 91.7FM by host Tim Shanahan, Stockton University. They all are featuring her debut single in regular rotation.
Mary is highly sought after for both private and community events, and is frequently booked out at hotels, weddings, theatres, fashion and talent shows, healthcare institutions, fundraisers and more. She has opened for Eban Brown, former voice of the Stylistics, Chris Thomas (The Mayor) Comedy Showcase, ‘Luther Relives’ William Smooth Wardlaw and more.
Her DEBUT Single entitled, ‘In Love, There’s A Risk’ was released Nov 1, 2019 and is streaming on all major platforms. The single was written and produced by Philadelphias' own Grammy-nominated producer Donald Robinson (Nancy Wilson, Phyllis Hyman, Vanessa L. Williams).
Mary Cross is the Lead Vocalist and Founder of Mary Cross 2NspireU - a 9 piece group of gifted artists with over 100 years of musical experience combined! She is also CEO of 2NspireU, LLC, serving as a Consultant to local live music venues & businesses. Her diverse repertoire consists of Soft Rock, Jazz and R&B by artists ranging from Captain & Tenielle, Gladys Knight, BeeGees, Stephen Bishop, Linda Ronstadt, Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston, and more…that will conjure up memories and good feeling.
Evident by consistently SOLD OUT concerts, Mary Cross 2NspireU is hailed for her rich, bellowing vocal tonalities taking audiences on a journey with her renditions of fused modern day and old school Jazz and R&B, as well as her renowned tribute to the music of the late great Phyllis Hyman. She engages audiences with the goal to introduce to some and reacquaint others with music of celebrated artists from various eras!
MEET THE BAND 2NSPIREU
“Whether an acoustic duet/vocal, trio, quartet, or accompanied by the entire 9 piece band, 2NspireU customizes the repertoire of each event!”
MD & Guitarist
Dane is excellence personified on Guitar! He is also Mary’s acoustic partner! Born Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies, Dane grew up to the sound of steel drums and the 'Quatro', a ukelele-like instrument in a rich ethnic environment. His father, James, passed on his love of the guitar. Dane played and composed songs for the local church and several small groups. After migrating to the US to attend college, he studied classical guitar for two years at Rutgers University in Camden NJ and was also a student of Joe Federico (a disciple of Dennis Sandole) learning jazz. Dane went on to play for Bethany Baptist Church and is co-founder of Raptured Jazz/Rapture Fusion with Terence Jones. The group has evolved and plays infectious jazz, gospel, R&B and fusion on the local SJ and PA scene. Dane’s humility and work ethic is commendable and has not gone unnoticed. Dane Clarke released a new single entitled ‘Alter ego’ 'DeeCeegrooves' which can be purchased/heard from Apple music, Spotify, Reverbnation, Amazon, etc. Whether playing major chords or in a supporting role, Dane performs from the heart blended with resonance, color and soul stirring renditions. His wife Trenace is an honorary 2NspireU Band Wife & Sister Girlfriend who accompanies Dane to all events. This dynamic duo are the epitome of lovingkindness, support and a comforting ‘calm’!
MARY CROSS 2NspireU HAVE....
Been the opening Act for William ‘Smooth’ Wardlaw (Luther Relives) and Eban Brown (former lead voice of the Stylistics) and various Comedy Shows hosted by Chris ‘The Mayor’ Thomas.
Performed domestically and abroad for private, public, state and local organizations and was a headliner for the 2018 Willingboro Jazz Fest.
Assisted in creation/launch of a popular South Jersey Jazz and R&B venue, serving as Booking Manager, host emcee, weekly playbill creator, designer of tickets and business cards, and social media tasks
Mary Cross 2NspireU is highly sought after for private and community events. They performs. at hotels, theaters, universities, fashion/talent shows, healthcare institutions, shopping malls, County, Boro & city sponsored community events, as well as fundraisers, brunches, Jazz fests, Galas, weddings, birthday parties, memorials, founders day, sorority, fraternity, retirement parties and so much more!
Audiences are invited on a listening journey...from the first note she sings to the very last -- with one goal: ~2NspireU~
Keyboardist, Balladeer * Musical Director
Bruce Alford is a gifted prodigy-A triple threat, if you will. Although the bass is his favorite instrument he has mastered playing percussion, keyboard, and his perfect pitch can compliment any vocalist. Bruce has taught voice in many choir settings performed alongside a number of gifted musicians throughout the country and abroad. A highly sought after musician, he is not limited to one genre of music. His ability to effortlessly play a number of instruments coupled with his providing accompaniment in many genres (jazz, soft rock, gospel, funk, R&B, and more)! Bruce has a love for music that is second to none. To witness his performance on keys trumps that would be hearing the melodious notes he brings to life when he sings - just as he plays. You too will be a believer in this gifted artist the moment you experience his gifts. Get ready for the ride! 2NspireU is honored to have Bruce as a key component to our project!