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Mary Spender is a musician based in Bristol, combining her sultry voice and electric guitar to create pop songs infused with blues and soul. Her songwriting showcases her virtuosic style of guitar playing as well as her wide vocal range, with the recordings often being accompanied by stunning visuals.
She has toured the UK, Germany and US; highlights include supporting Gabrielle Aplin and Ian McCulloch, as well as performing at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. In 2016 Mary has sold out her first two headline shows with her band in Bristol (The Louisiana) and London (Servant Jazz Quarters).
In January 2017, Mary returned to the USA to represent Vigier Guitars at NAMM in Los Angeles. She showcased her unique Excalibur Indus fitted with A Little Thunder pickup, that adds bass to her solo performances as demonstrated at The Guitar Show. She returned to the pinnacle gig of her career so far, performing her headline show at The Lantern, Colston Hall to an audience of over 200 (Feb ’17).
Drunken Werewolf (Live Review)
“This girl can hit a note. Slipping effortlessly between soul and jazz, it’s a charm to see Mary play to such a large audience after all her hard work.”
Hide The Line (Live Review)
“Smoothly slipping between soul and jazz, Mary had every single pair of eyes and ears in the room hooked on her. Her narrative tracks seem to tell the bittersweet story of her love-life through simplistic lyrics. Fortunately, these coincide with her incredible vocal tones and ability to engage with her audience.”
Bristol 247 (Live Review)
“Her narrative songs, complete with Joni-esque vocal swoops and throaty asides, caught the stories of her life, with I Saw You an intricate portrayal of the bitter-sweetness of encountering an ex. It was well delivered, with crisp guitar playing nicely combining bass and rhythm”
Female Arts (Release Review)
“take the attitude of Janis Joplin, the soul of Joni Mitchell, combine them together in 21st Century indie-loving Bristol and there you have it – the enigma that is – Mary Spender”
Renowned For Sound (Release Review)
“The Bristol based Singer-songwriter has come on leaps and bounds with Faux Americana. With its added invention and twists and turns it will leave the listener wanting more”
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