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Mary Stewart isn√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢t a singer songwriter. Well, she does sing and she likely writes more songs than anyone you√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢ve ever met, but if you√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢re picturing a sullen woman perched atop a wooden stool, playing depressing songs on her oversized acoustic, you√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢ve pegged her all wrong.
In fact, Mary has never sported an acoustic guitar during a live show and prefers to strum along on her Gretsch, singing clever pop songs, and sharing anecdotes about her love of baking, cats, and hopes of becoming Sidney Crosby√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s wife.
Hailing from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Mary grew up consuming an incredible range of genres from folk and pop to opera and hair metal √¢‚Ç¨‚Äú true story. Before her pop days, Mary was classically trained in opera. Her mother sang in hair metal bands and her dad was a sound engineer.
√¢‚Ç¨≈ìMy parents would bring me along to gigs because it was easier than finding a babysitter,√¢‚Ç¨¬ù says Mary.
She really didn√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢t stand a chance to fall in love with any career other than music.
Mary's new record is the result of a hugely successful yearlong project where Mary wrote one song each day, allowing website statistics and fan votes to dictate which of the 365 songs would make their way onto the album. Because of the unique conception, Mary says that the album doesn√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢t really have a conscious theme. Instead, it is a snapshot of a year √¢‚Ç¨‚Äú and not necessarily a good one.
Mary wrote through sickness, surgery, tours, and anything else this particular trip around the sun threw at her.
She jokes that the record sounds like, √¢‚Ç¨≈ìYou hair after four days of not washing it, but not five √¢‚Ç¨‚Äú five would be too much.√¢‚Ç¨¬ù
The tunes have that gritty and wonderfully natural feel, but still rely heavily on Mary√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s pop sensibilities that make her immediately pleasant to listen to.
Produced by Jason Ball (The Heavy Blinkers, The Guthries, Hopeful Monster), the album features a ton of Canadian talent like Luther Mallory, PJ Herrick (Crush Luther), and Andrew La Tona (Big Stereo). Fans can catch a sneak peek of the first single, √¢‚Ç¨≈ìGo at anytime√¢‚Ç¨¬ù online.