Hopefully, this month’s Featured Independent Musician is no stranger to a lot of my readers. And if she is, you are in for a treat.
She is extremely talented, witty, charming, has a wonderful heart and soul and is one of my favourite female singer/ songwriters. Plus, she is a nerd. She also plays a typewriter! Her name is Marian Call (@mariancall).
Very recently, she took on the insane task of touring all 50 of the United State of America and some Canadian provinces. I don’t know about you, but just following her journey, via Twitter, exhausted me.
If you’ve yet to have the pleasure of watching her live, she is doing another live concert via the internets on April 15, 2011. This live webstream is a special Anchorage acoustic music event. You can find out more details on her website and on Facebook.
And now, I present to you some of the wonderful things that are Marian Call. Below you will find her bio, 6 songs for your listening pleasures (if you are viewing this in an RSS reader, you may need to visit the site in order to listen) and various places you can find her on the internet, plus where you can purchase her music.
Marian Call is a trained composer and a spunky self-taught singer based out of Anchorage, Alaska. Her songs are eclectic and diverse, funny and light on their feet, powerfully honest, and grounded in the human experience. Call’s compositions are half study and calculation, half improvisational instinct, and always full of unexpected musical twists and turns. She has written pieces by commission for film projects and events, and she has been known to write songs on dares or to surprise devoted fans.
Her live shows have been loudly applauded nationwide in homes, quiet coffee shops, noisy bars, churches, radio stations, bookstores, and concert halls, in and out of Alaska. In only eight months she went from a relative unknown to playing the main stage at several of Alaska’s summer festivals. Marian released her first two albums plus fourteen singles in only fourteen months during 2007 and 2008. She is nearing completion on a new two-volume project titled Something Fierce.
Marian was born into a family of musicians and artists, and she was raised on a steady diet of Bach, Beethoven, Joni Mitchell, Tower of Power, and Ogden Nash in her hometown, Gig Harbor, Washington. Over twenty-odd years she has performed with chamber choirs, jazz combos, early music groups, rock bands, a gospel choir, and experimental music ensembles, and all of these influences (and more) meet and mingle in her own writing. She completed her bachelor’s degree in composition and vocal performance at Stanford University in 2004. After graduation, she spent two years pouring coffee, waiting tables, and listening to good music in Anchorage coffee shops, slowly learning about the craft of songwriting through osmosis and eventually through practice. Marian plans to travel and tour as much as possible, but she remains committed to the development of a great arts scene in Anchorage. Marian can’t wait to tour again and meet new fans as well as friendly musicians, writers, visual artists, and filmmakers from all backgrounds.
Find her online:
Listen for free or purchase at http://mariancall.bandcamp.com
Available on iTunes at http://itunes.com/mariancall