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"Some thing About Mary..."
Independent Recording Artist, Singer-songwriter & Stylista
MARY CROSS IS Classic Soul.
There are few artists who are the very definition of a generational talent. Mary Cross is one of them...from smooth Jazz to Classic Soul & RNB her voice takes you on a journey. Whether on repeat or the next song on the playlist…sit back and relax while she utters a personal serenade.
Mary is a highly sought-after independent artist with a unique, instantly identifiable contralto vocal instrument. The ‘Mother of Cool Smoke’ is celebrating LOVE with the highly anticipated release titled: ‘PROMISE’. This classic soul ballad takes its time to deliver...leaving listeners yearning for more. Mary rides the melody perfectly bellowing low registry vocal tonalities reminiscent of the late great Phyllis Hyman.
Mary’s latest single (Promise) featuring Saxophone great Carl Cox (who tours with Maysa Leakes) continues to rise on the charts both domestically and abroad and was the #1 Amazon UK release!
She has been fortunate to perform at a wide array of venues including Country Clubs, Universities, Casinos, Jazz Fests, Healthcare facilities, Community, state and local government organizations, private, public, profit and not-for-profit agencies.
Mary’s mission statement 2NspireU, was written before she founded the band. She lives by this phrase in every area of her life. Her connection with audience members is magical.
The one non negotiable whether recording music or performing is quality over quantity. You will always know she has given her best during each performance. (She once performed a concert for $10 that was SOLD OUT and it lasted 3 hours. She had one 15 minute break!)
Mary states: “I will never take for granted the time, resources and decision an audience member makes when choosing to be present and commit to the musical journey I want us to take together. We celebrate their life events and goal is always to create memorable moments they will treasure.”
Mary loves all genres of music and just as easily will perform as an acoustic duo (keys or guitar); with a jazz trio or the full 5 piece 2NspireU band (with/without the 3 background vocals). She loves to cover songs by such artists as: Stephen Bishop, Captain & Tenielle, Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone, Phyllis Hyman, Rachelle Ferrell, Deniece Williams, Linda Ronstadt., Corrinne Bailey Rae and Sara Barielles and the list goes on.
Mary is known for a beautiful quote she often shares: “May each space you occupy be better off – simply because YOU passed through.” Her mission statement is 2NspireU – just as it has been from the day she founded 2NspireU, LLC and the 2NspireU band of the same name.
Mary performed for the 2021 Willingboro Jazz Fest and Camden County Juneteenth Celebration held at Wiggins Park, Camden Waterfront.
Mary is featured headliner for Philly's the CDC Giveback Nicetown Festival and will perform a Tribute to the music of the late great Phyllis Hyman.
Other upcoming performances include: Restart the Arts, Winefests and a number of other events yet to be announced
She has shared the stage with Gerald Veasley, Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, AyA, and INCA, NBA Basketball Great Anthony Avent, Eban Brown (former voice of the Stylistics); Chris Thomas (The Mayor) Comedy Showcases; William Smooth Wardlaw’ (Luther Relives) and she continues to perform to SOLD OUT audiences throughout the tri-state region.
Mary is working on her highly anticipated debut album that will include songs written by Israeli Composer Misha Segal, and a host of others.
In addition to talk shows, Mary has been featured in a number of print publications (Frontrunner, AC Times, Anointed News Journal) and interviewed worldwide by DJ and Radio presenters. She has also served as a as a guest co-host for a number of local talk shows and cooking shows (Chef Aaron McCargo, featured on NPR and featured on the WHYY Concert Series. Mary Cross 2NspireU is a 2021 Tri State Black History Award recipient recognized for the time and musical talents they have provided to non profit organizations serving the greater good of youth and seniors throughout the community. (Educaid Africa, Restart the Arts, Lawnside Seniors Community Center, and IDEA Performing Arts Center to name a few.)
Her latest single, Promise was #1 Amazon UK Charts and she has had a number of acknowledgements for her work by colleagues and music critics worldwide.
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