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Mary Walker

October 22, 2012

Only a handful of times do you have the fortune of befriending someone who seems in the midst of some wanton affair with life, you can’t help but want to be on it. Singer-songwriter Mary Walker is one of those rarities, having spurred some of the most genuine, creative, and vivacious conversations I’ve ever had the privilege to partake in. And whether she’s playing her original work or a fantastic take on Frank Ocean’s “Swim Good,” she brings that same energy to every melody.

She captures the sweeter notes of a musical life born and bred in North Texas.  Her debut album, Heavy Hearts, balances the intellect of Denton’s focused musicianship with the accessibility of cheeky pop.

Whether perched at the piano or behind her guitar, Mary’s flirty vocals beckon in a playful manner reminiscent of Regina Spektor; lyrics ever deepening as they swirl through the psyche of a charming old soul turning 21 all over again.  Her quick smile indicates mischief is likely afoot.

“I was always very loud and eccentric,” said Mary, a self-professed class clown.  “I was constantly in trouble.”

Mary transferred into public school her sophomore year of high school, but found the cookie-cutter vision of popularity and cheerleading an odd fit for her own eccentricities.  Unwilling to waste her energy on the drudgery of suburbia, Mary spent her senior year in Argentina.  She fell in love with the piano at 17.

When her father overheard her teaching herself pop songs on YouTube, he gifted her with lessons from Norah Jones’ piano teacher, Julie Bonk. And it wasn’t long until she was turning out studio recordings, bringing her original work to the stage, and wooing crowds of 35 Denton.

Heavy Hearts, scheduled to release this December, manifests the diverse perspectives of small town craft, including producers Sean P Jones (One O’Clock Lab Band) and McKenzie Smith (Midlake).  At the core of her music, Mary ties together the intricacies of finely-tuned ears with her own words.

“I am someone constantly pushing my sensibilities to expand the depth of my own music.  I never want anyone to be able to label me under one genre.  I have the ability to dabble in music trends without being suffocated by them. I want my pieces to stand the test of time and have a classic backbone while still being relevant.”

1. What is your hometown?

Irving, Texas

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

I’m a combination of Eliza and Debbie Thornberry.

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

I’ve been told I look like Katie Holmes and Anime characters, so…I’d like to be played by the Anime version of Katie Holmes.

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

This scene from Romeo + Juliet.

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

Currently reading The Ethics of Ambiguity – Simone de Beauvoir. But I’m always recommending On the Road – Jack Kerouac.

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

Childish Gambino – Camp. I love that album so much.

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

Just yesterday in my Latin American Films class. I cried watching the cheesiest movie ever called “La Cuya Isla.”

8. Cat person or dog person?

Dog person.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

Truth said with kindness.

10. How do you define sin?

Doing things that decay your soul.

11. How do you define virtue?

Being in allegiance with your better side. We can’t be everything all of the time, but we can pursue the most impeccable version of ourselves everyday.

12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

I don’t care what it looks like as long as someone brings flowers to it regularly.

Mary Walker

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