Mary Kaye's Press Kit


MARY KAYE'S STAGE SHOW DESCRIPTION:
 
Mary Kaye is a high quality vocal act and her voice literally fills the theater with sound. Her show is not just music performed live but is "Live Entertainment!" The audience's attention is captured with her award winning three octave vocals, amazing musical dexterity, singing well loved classics along with award winning originals, a magnetic stage presence, beautiful finger style guitar playing, interesting song introductions, and a healthy dash of humor thrown in. With multiple albums to her name as well as a collection of standards she can perform for hours and not repeat herself. Mary Kaye's music crosses many boundaries and has won her many faithful fans. Standing ovations are typical at the end of her performances.


WEBSITE:

mary-kaye.com


HOME TOWN:

Escalante, Utah


CONTACT:

Don't Fence Me In
Brad Knaphus
1410 S. Jefferson St.
SLC, UT 84115
801-360-3609
brad@mary-kaye.com


STAGE NAME:


Mary Kaye ~> Please use stage name on all postings and publications.


INTRODUCTION:

Mary Kaye is a native born Texan and as a young woman ventured off to Utah where she "married her a cowboy." She now resides in the small western town of Escalante, a 140 year old ranching community in southern Utah. She has been married to her husband Brad for 31 years, they have ten children. Mary Kaye has received wide recognition for her singing and songwriting and travels extensively performing her unique brand of western roots music.


PROMOTIONAL BIO:

Mary Kaye is an internationally acclaimed and multiple award winning singer-songwriter who tours extensively with her unique brand of western roots music. She is a native born Texan and as a young woman ventured off to Utah where she “married her a cowboy." Their family has deep western roots that go back six generations and now reside in the small town of Escalante, a 140 year old ranching community in southern Utah. The authenticity of Mary Kaye's music comes from raising cowboys, wranglers, and rodeo sweethearts; caring for livestock; and a life in one of the most remote places in the Western United States. She has been married to her husband Brad for 31 years, they have ten children. Mary Kaye combines traditional trail songs with fresh, contemporary material, and award winning originals. Her distinguished songwriting and vocal abilities combined with her magnetic stage presence, beautiful guitar playing, and fun sense of humor make for a memorable performance. Western Horseman proclaimed, "Mary Kaye delivers a spellbinding, emotional vocal performance in every song she sings." (mary-kaye.com).



ACCLAIM:

"Gifted with one of the most dynamic and original voices in western music, Mary Kaye delivers the goods!"
- American Cowboy


“Mary Kaye has entered the echelon of great songwriters with her latest album"
- True West


"Mary Kaye’s songs about cowboys, horses, women, and family breathe new life into Western music."
- Country Music People


AWARDS & RECOGNITION:

Singing-Performing

  • 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 Nominated - Entertainer of the Year - Western Music Association
  • 2013 Female Performer of the Year - Western Music Association
  • 2013 Best Solo Musician - True West Magazine
  • 2011 Will Rogers Award - Female Performer of the Year - The Academy of Western Artists
  • 2010 Female Vocalist of the Year - Western Music Association

Songwriting

  • 2017 Will Rodgers Award - Western Song of the Year - "Grit, Grace and Balin' Twine" - Academy of Western Artists
  • 2016 Wrangler Award - Outstanding Original Western Composition - "Ride A Wide Circle"- The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
  • 2013 Top Cowboy Song - "Jealous of the Moon" - American Cowboy Magazine
  • 2013 Songwriter of the Year - Western Music Association
  • 2013 Spur Award - Best Western Song - "Any Name Will Do" - Western Writers of America
  • 2012 Song of the Year - "No Wilder Place" - Western Music Association

Airplay

  • #1 Western Album: Ride A Wide Circle - Debuted at #1 - 1st Quarter 2016
  • #1 Western Album: The Dawn and The Dusk - 3rd Quarter 2013
  • #1 Western Album: No Wilder Place - Debuted at #1 - 2nd Quarter 2012


OPENED FOR: Baxter Black, Suzy Bogguss, Restless Heart, and Little Texas.


LINK - REVIEWS & PRESS

LINK - MUSIC SAMPLES


LINK - PAST PERFORMANCES

LINK - FACEBOOK


STAGE SHOW REQUIREMENTS:

Solo Configuration:
Mary Kaye stands front and center stage and requires an excellent sound system that can handle her volume and range and a qualified technician to operate it! Her vocal volume and sound is similar to that of Patsy Cline. In addition, she requires a quality microphone, a microphone boom stand, a 1/4" guitar cord plug in, a monitor, a bottle of room temperature water and something to set it on next to the microphone so that it can be easily reached. Mary Kaye stands during her entire performance.

Trio Configuration:
Three microphone boom stands set up front and center stage, all three stand during the performance. Two 1/4" guitar cord plug ins, at least two monitors, three bottles of room temperature water and something to set them on next to the microphone so that they can be easily reached.


BIO for PRINTED PROGRAM and/or WEBSITE:

Mary Kaye is an internationally acclaimed and multiple award winning singer-songwriter and tours extensively throughout the United States and Canada with her unique brand of western roots music. She is a native born Texan and as a young woman ventured off to Utah where she "married her a cowboy.” Their family has deep western roots that go back six generations. Mary Kaye now resides in the small western town of Escalante, a 140 year old ranching community in southern Utah, where her large family is involved in cowboying, horse training, and all things Western. She has been married to her husband Brad for 31 years, they have ten children.

Mary Kaye recently released her forth solo studio western album, Ride A Wide Circle, to glowing reviews. Paul Riley of the respected Country Music People Magazine out of the UK declared, "Mary Kaye’s CD is one of those perfect albums. Everything comes together: the songs, the superb vocals, backing musicians on top form, very good production and best of all Mary Kaye’s unique feel for her music." The magazine gave it a glowing 5 stars, their highest honor! The CD debuted at #1 on the Western Music Charts, and the title track earned a prestigious Wrangler Award from The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

In 2013 Mary Kaye was recognized as Female Performer and Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association, also as Best Solo Western Musician by True West magazine, and received a Spur Award from the Western Writer's of America for her Butch Cassidy tune, "Any Name Will Do." Additionally, she won the 2012 Song of the Year award from the Western Music Association with cowboy poet Les Buffham for their song, "No Wilder Place;" as well as a 2011 Will Rogers Award from The Academy of Western Artists for Best Western Female Performer, and was honored as the 2010 Female Vocalist of the Year by the Western Music Association.

Mary Kaye's 2013 album, The Dawn and The Dusk, also hit #1 on the Western Music Charts and received excellent reviews in several national and international publications. Additionally, her song "Jealous of the Moon," was chosen by American Cowboy magazine as the Top Cowboy Song of 2013 and the album was nominated for the 2013 Western Album of the Year by the Western Music Association. Her multiple award winning No Wilder Place album debuted at #1 on the Western Music Charts and her song "Luckiest Cowgirl" also hit #1. Mary Kaye's first Western album, Clean Outta Luck, hit #2 on the charts and garnered a Western Music Association Song of the Year nomination for "Cowboy Waltzin' Across Her Mind".

Renowned Western artist Maynard Dixon declared, "The spirit of the West sings in every soul." Mary Kaye believes this and shares this spirit in every performance. Her music is rooted deeply in the Western landscape her life is immersed in. Western Horseman said of her, "Some Western singers and musicians are all about preserving traditional cowboy songs. Others strive to write and sing songs about contemporary cowboy life...Mary Kaye does both well, and with an authenticity that appeals to not only purists, but also those seeking something fresh." To learn more about Mary Kaye please visit her website at mary-kaye.com.

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