Mary-Kathryn Speaks Mar24


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Mary-Kathryn Speaks

In a world of disposable pop music, there are a few artists who somehow manage to create music that pierces the monotonous tedium of the Top 40. From the first time we hear them, there is an intimacy, a fire, a subtle shade of interpretation that spurs our imagination. With repeated encounters comes a warmth and familiarity that is at once visceral and spiritual. We connect with them. We feel we know them. Mary-Kathryn is such an artist.

mary_kathryn_wonders_in_the_deep_cd1Mike Parker – You have a new CD, Wonders in the Deep, coming out. Tell me about it.

Mary-Kathryn – Paul Buono and I started working on it in 2009, and we finished the music production in 2010. Time went by and life happened. My daughter went on the mission field – she was in Jordan during the Arab Spring and it was a scary time but God’s hand was so evident; my son got married; then my daughter came back home. I just knew that all kinds of stuff was going to happen when I started work on the album. This record ended up being very prophetic.

The project opens a capella, then takes you to some deep places. It is one of those projects that just seems to compel people to listen to it all the way through from start to finish, all 10 songs.

Parker – What’s different about Wonders in the Deep from your previous CDs?

Mary-Kathryn – It’s an evolution of where I’ve started from. At the beginning of my recording career I was heavily influenced by Enya’s music. I thought it had a real spiritual aspect to it. But as time passed my music became much more rhythmic, much more world music influenced. This record is more guitar-driven than previous projects. We used live strings – cello and piano. I like to be careful about the sounds I use, and Wonders in the Deep is more acoustic than my early work, not so programmed.

Parker – You operate as an independent artist. Does that present major challenges, or do you find the freedom of independence worth it?

Mary-Kathryn – I prefer being independent. I can live my life without having to be pushed along, or steered into a particular direction because someone higher up at the label thinks that is the flavor of the month. As far as it being a challenging lifestyle, everyone I talk to, whether they are an independent or a label artist, we all still face the same challenges.

Parker – I know every song on the project has a special place in your heart, but if you had to choose just one to perform live, which would it be and why?

Mary-Kathryn – “Elohim.” It is a song that Paul and I wrote the melody first, then the lyrics came. I love being inspired by the music in order to write the lyrics. As I pondered the music, I realized it had to do with intercession, about me praying; it is about who I’m praying for, and who I’m praying to. Paul suggested the word, “Elohim,” and I realized that was a name of God. I had previously been impacted by the film Slumdog Millionaire and I started getting a burden for all the oppressed peoples of the world. On the way to the studio one day I had a revelational moment, which provided me with the lyrics to the song. The whole song speaks to the needs of the oppressed, and prays that God will minister to those people in the same way that He has ministered to me.

Parker – Last words?

Mary-Kathryn – I think Wonders in the Deep is something really special. I think it can reach an audience that I haven’t impacted before. My last CD, Dreams and Visions, really impacted the New Age community, but this record goes in a completely different direction. It’s more attuned to the NPR crowd. I’m thrilled to see where it’s going to end up.

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Wonders in the Deep is available at CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes, and from her website.

The Seven Questions

  1. What’s your favorite sound?

Mary-Kathryn – Birds singing. It is so deep-rooted in my consciousness. It speaks to goodness and peace and springtime.

  1. What makes you happy?

Mary-Kathryn – Knowing I’m God’s kid. I tend to be a happy person. Even when I’m sad I’m never hopeless.

  1. What makes you angry?

Mary-Kathryn – I don’t get angry very often. It’s too negative. I can’t handle it. I suppose when people treat other people badly. Judging.

  1. What is the secret of success?

Mary-Kathryn – Having the ability to see the good in everything.

  1. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, living or dead, who would it be?

Mary-Kathryn – One of my grandparents. There are a lot of interesting people in the world, but there are not that many that I’d like to share a meal with. I think I’d rather get to know my family better. Definitely a grandfather or great-grandfather.

  1. What is the epitaph that is written on your tombstone?

Mary-Kathryn – “She loved God. She loved her family. She loved the world. John 3:16”

  1. When you get to heaven, what is the first thing you want to hear God say to you?

Mary-Kathryn – “Hi sweetie, I’m so glad you’re hear.” That’s just who He is to me.