"Sublime distilling of southern grit." -NPR Music. As heard in Starbucks and Nordstrom stores worldwide, Mary's songs have been featured in Rolling Stone, USA Today, and No Depression. "She's got the voice, and she's got the writing chops." -Lo-Down NYC
With songs featured in Rolling Stone, NPR Music, USA Today, Bluegrass Situation, and No Depression- “a magnificent collection of Americana,” Mary's songs take you on a melody-driven journey with a southern-tinged fusion of folk and country. Classically trained in voice, Mary is the winner of the 2017 Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, has been a finalist in several other songwriting competitions, and she's written/co-written over 350 songs.
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It was a joy working with Mary and I'm so happy we have gotten the chance. Fast, thorough and really talented. She took the project to the next level!
Mary was great to work with.
My experience with Mary was great! She was responsive, timely and helped me make a wonderful song for my daughter's wedding. I wrote a poem and sent it to her and she modified to make suitable for lyrics, maintaining the essence of my message and added a beautiful melody. I loved it so much I had her do a full band demo. I had no changes at all!
Mary delivered some amazing vocals again!
Mary has a great tone and technique. She delivered great sounding vocals very structured!
Mary delivered an excellent vocal track for my latest project. She's prompt, professional, and has an outstanding voice. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending her. TOP CLASS :-)
When Mary Bragg sings, you listen. Plain and simple. Her voice and intention are so strong, not to mention tone, technique and delivery, you can't help but be drawn in. Don't miss a great opportunity. Hire her!
Interview with Mary Bragg
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I just did a cover project for a client of a pop song I wouldn't normally cover, but I enjoyed the challenge thoroughly - especially stacking background vocals, which is always one of my favorite things to do.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently finishing a full band demo for a client that hired me to write a song for her child's wedding - so sweet! I'm also working on songs for my next full-length record.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'm friends with a wonderful cello player and singer-songwriter named Sarah Clanton. She can cover a lot of bases!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Time is money!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That you'll be happy with my work.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like the actual work. Singing and songwriting makes me happier than any other job I've had, and each project I complete gives me a huge sense of satisfaction.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Most questions are around logistics, which thankfully can be easily sorted. Which key you might like best, which lyric you like best, which tempo, which general direction I should head in re: genre / vibe. Covering these points up front make it a breeze!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Hmm, if there is one, it might be that the process is inflexible. That's the beauty of music - it can always be massaged to fit your preferences.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What quality of my voice would you most like me to access? (Folk/Ethereal/Country/Big/Chest-Voice/Soft/Airy/Whimsical) What three adjectives would you like for our end product to sound like?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Provide as much info as you can about what you're looking for, then get ready to trust the process!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, audio interface, microphone, guitar, empty journal.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been singing since kindergarten and singing professionally since I was 16. I was classically trained in voice at the University of Georgia, and have studied songwriting in many classes taught by Berklee College of Music professor Pat Pattison, and hit songwriter Steve Seskin.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Loose yet accurate; curious and thorough.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Busbee. He seems to reside at that genius cross-section of authenticity, taste, and commercial viability.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I always recommend getting a solid performance over editing on the back end.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Country, Folk, Americana.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Singing and songwriting.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Flawless pitch, emotion, vulnerability, and precision.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen / prepare / pre-produce / record / edit!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My East Nashville studio is quaint, vibey, and efficient, using Logic and my Rode NT-2A condenser microphone.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Patty Griffin, Regina Spektor, and a whole host of musicians working in Nashville.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Lead vocals for demo and master sessions, stacked background vocals, and original songs written both for commercial and personal use.