With “one delectable song after another” (The Fulcrum), jazz-pop singer-songwriter Mary Kastle knows how to tell compelling stories through groove and melody. Her music blends sophisticated harmonies, heartfelt lyrics and soulful hooks, evoking timeless artists like Carole King, Norah Jones, and Stevie Wonder.
Her upcoming album captures a fresh soulful sound that showcases her as a producer for the first time. Mary found mentorship with two local colleagues, Juno-nominated bassist/producer Jodi Proznick and producer Winston Hauschild to help her refine her knowledge of songwriting, arranging, engineering, and production. She took extra time in writing this project to hone every detail of her sound, breaking new ground and emerging with a crystal clear sonic vision.
Based on Bowen Island, a small community across from Vancouver, this creative revamp is a timely launch for her back into the music scene after having had two children. She’s returning with a fresh perspective on life, having rooted herself in a deep spiritual and meditation practice, her intimate lyrics reflecting these themes.
Her new album will find her co-producing with Winston Hauschild, and feature Vancouver’s finest jazz talent including Joel Fountain (drums), Adam Thomas (bass).
Mary began her career at Vancouver Community College and then completed her Bachelor of Jazz Studies at Capilano University. She spent the next decade touring and performing, working in the piano bar on cruise ships, and playing hundreds of lounge gigs as a soloist and side woman. She then completed three successful Canadian tours for her own original releases.
Her two EPs Fresh Air (2007) and Another Swing (2008) were called a “consummate melting pot of sound and culture,” (jazzreview.com). She followed up with the full-length album Beneath the Folds (2010), produced by Steve Dawson and released on Black Hen Music. No Depression magazine said: “Salvation – as the Good Book says - often comes in the strangest forms and from the unlikeliest of places, but who would have thought that a young white woman from Canada would release the most rocking, heartfelt and downright soulful record I’ve heard in years?”
Mary then followed up with the single “King of My Heart” (2016), an upbeat soulful song and DIY video featuring her handcrafted puppetry. Her music has charted on independent jazz radio across Canada and several songs were licensed to the hit TV show “Felicity”.
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