Mary Gatchell’s music covers a broad range of styles while, at the same time, conveying a through line of honesty and conviction. Her voice, provocative lyrics, and unexpected harmonies are unique and enrapturing. Highly influenced by Stevie Wonder and Joni Mitchell, Mary tells her own intimate stories of love and sorrow, peace and war, and the thread of humanity that binds us all. Mary’s music takes you on a soulful journey playing tender, solo piano ballads, through a fusion of odd metered, atonal adventures, to high energy funk and R&B grooves. Mary’s vibe is raw, uplifting, sincere, and engaging. She is an artist who is passionate about human rights and social justice and deeply committed to sharing her love for her community and the world through her music and lyrics of a higher consciousness.
Born and raised in New Hampshire into a musical family, she gained a strong foundation in musical theatre, jazz, and classical music, singing and playing the piano and oboe. At 18, she moved to New York City to attend New York University where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Theory and Composition, while studying voice, piano, oboe, dance, theater, and composition. Here she studied with jazz pianist/composer, Jim McNeely, jazz singer, Anne Phillips, composer, Justin Dello Joio, theorist, Klaus Sinfelt, oboist, Gerard Reuter, jazz pianist, Frank Kimbrough, and flutist/chamber music director, Gerardo Levy. Her teachers, new friends, and the vibrant and diverse city exposed her to all kinds of music which significantly inspired her to write and explore different sounds and rhythms. She delved into Brazilian, African, classical, jazz, musical theatre, and opera. All of this combined to make her the artist she is today.