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CALLED "THE QUEEN OF LONG ISLAND COUNTRY" BY NEWSDAY and CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
VOTED BAND OF THE YEAR THREE TIMES BY THE NEW YORK METRO COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION !
VOTED FEMALE SINGER/SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR TWO YEARS RUNNING BY THE NEW JERSEY COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION !
“Queen of Long Island Country” by Newsday and
the Christian Science Monitor, MARY LAMONT has been
three times voted Band of the Year by the New York Metro Country
Music Association, and was twice voted Female Singer/Songwriter of the
Year by the New Jersey Country Music Association.
Born and raised in rural Ontario, Mary is honored as an ASCAP Audio Portrait on ASCAP.COM. She has appeared several times in ASCAP’s prestigious Playback Magazine. Mary and her husband Jim are recipients multiple years running for ASCAP Plus Awards, for performance of their original songs.
Mary and her band completed a groundbreaking tour of Mainland China, headlining in Shenyang, Dalian, Guiyang, Xiamen, Beijing and Nanjing and have been asked to return. For photos including the China performance tour, click here.
Mary and the band have performed many summer concerts at the Jones Beach Boardwalk Bandshell. Mary was featured in Newsday’s special section celebrating Jones Beach’s 75th Anniversary.
Westbury Music Fair (now NYCB Theatre at Westbury) booked Mary as an opening act for their Long Island Country Music Festivals, with headliners Delbert McClinton, The Marshall Tucker Band as well as The Charlie Daniels Band. The band has appeared at numerous fairs, festivals, country association dances as well as radio promotional events. Mary was opening act for country superstar Bryan White at the Pat Garrett Amphitheater in Strausstown, Pennsylvania. She was honored to be part of the IMAC Theater “Long Island’s Own” series, featuring “artists deserving greater recognition.”
Mary and husband Jim Marchese were asked to perform at a star-studded Musicians Local 802 event in New York City to raise money for Nashville musicians hurt by the disastrous floods. The show included Rosanne Cash, Eric Weissberg, Tony Trischka, Laura Cantrell and many more of NYC’s musical luminaries. The event raised close to $20,000.
Mary was asked to sit in with Les Paul’s Trio (who were that night opening for Jose Feliciano) at the famous Iridium Jazz Club in New York City.
Mary is host of the radio show “Down Home Country” alternate Sundays on WUSB 90.1FM Radio, streaming live on wusb.fm. More about the show here.
In addition to being Mary's guitarist and husband, Jim Marchese is a well-known photographer who has many published photos of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (European tour photographer), Jerry Douglas, John Mellencamp, Gary U.S. Bonds, Donald Trump and President Gerald Ford and many others.
Selections from her debut CD “You Don’t Have to Knock” and her second CD “How Lucky” (Lammar Records) have been played on many overseas stations, including Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Scotland and Ireland. Domestically, selections have been played on WFUV 90.7 (NYC), WUSB 90.1 (Long Island), WFDU 89.1 (New Jersey) and others.
Famed Nashville writer/historian Robert K. Oermann, who was one of the judges on USA Network's first "Nashville Star" competition, gave Mary an Honorable Mention for her song "Sweepin' the Floor" (from Mary’s debut CD “You Don’t Have To Knock”) in his review column in Music Row Magazine, Nashville's premiere music business publication. Of “Ontario” (from Mary’s second CD “How Lucky”) Oermann said “the track has a cool, almost Celtic feel that combines marshall drumming, gentle acoustic guitars, steel and minor key electric touches...she sounds quite enjoyable.”
Mary’s second CD, “How Lucky” features the single “Ontario”, which was released in to 800 European radio stations. “Ontario” was voted a favorite by many independent European radio DJs – and remained on their charts for 8 weeks.
Newsday also included Mary in a cover story on the best area summer concerts. Newsday’s Nightbeat section listed her as a "best bet" for live performance, and gave her CD of original material a triple A rating. And she was the featured photo in Newsday’s “Bands on the Run” section, which lists the performances of “Long Island’s hottest acts.”
Mary was interviewed on News 12 Long Island as “putting Long Island on the map when it comes to the sweet sounds of country music.” Good Times calls her show “a real treat” and “a must-see for fans of contemporary country music."
For booking/concert info, call Jim Marchese at 631-435-4360.
Good Times called her "a force to be reckoned with in their field.... Combining contemporary country music with older stylings, Mary Lamont and her band of desperadoes have built an airtight ensemble, which has recently been making a splash in the live music scene as well. Mary has a sweet way of delivering her message, often penning lyrics that are both humorous and insightful in the country mold. 'Sweepin' the Floor' is a great little tune, which offers a nice comedic approach to love-induced pain, rather than the angst-filled screeching that has become a popular venue among other female songwriters. 'It Filled Up Her Mind' is also very nice, showing a soft and poignant side of the band that showcases a refreshing maturity level."
Good Times calls her show "a real treat...a sumptious western buffet" and "a must-see for fans of contemporary country music as well as for anyone who's even remotely curious. Their performance is tight and mixed well, with Canadian-born Lamont's vocals mixing seamlessly with the rest of the band...Lamont is comfortable on-stage and possesses the honest charm befitting a country singer...The entire band seems to really enjoy playing music together. The vibe carries over to the audience....Of the originals performed, standouts were surely the enjoyable 'Sweepin' the Floor' and the somber 'It Filled Up Her Mind'.Give this group a listen. You won't be disappointed." (Brendan Manley)
"Mary Lamont's impressive performance during the Long Island Music Festival...with a brand of modern country music somewhat along the lines of BR5-49, Mary's 3-song demo is likely the first step towards a promising career." (Scott Kuchler)
The Island Ear says: "Co-written with guitarist Jim Marchese, 'Take This Ride' displays spirited vocals and singing in the tradition of Patsy Cline and other classic country singers....Lamont manages to portray a wide range of emotions and impressive vocal versatility. 'It Filled Up Her Mind', a song inspired by her grandmother, is particularly poignant. This demo reveals a singer/songwriter with great potential." (Amy Frushour Kelly)
The Voice says, "Although Mary Lamont and her band perform an unusually broad range of covers that will satisfy any country fan, the bigger draw is her collection of tight, evocative originals." (Elizabeth Weitzman)
"There's just the right amount of sugar on Lamont's chords to give her a sweet, but unpretentious sound. But then again what less could you expect from the band that was nominated Best Country Act by the Long Island Music Awards?" (Stacy Albin)
"Oh sweet chords! Mary's got 'em. You need to hear 'em." (Stacy Albin)
Newsday's Nightbeat section listed Mary as a "best bet" for live performance. (Isaac Guzman). And she was the featured photo in the "Bands On the Run" section of Newsday which lists the performance dates of "Long Island's hottest acts."
And, she was interviewed on News 12 Long Island as "putting Long Island on the map when it comes to the sweet sounds of country music."
Originally from "out in the middle of nowhere" in the farmlands of Canada, Mary has been singing since she was a kid in the church choir. She performed at the "World's Largest Block Party" on Madison Ave. at 56th St. in New York City. Summer outdoor festivals have included Eisenhower Park, Islip Town, Oyster Bay "Music Under the Stars", the Port Jeff Ferry, Long Beach, Atlantic Antics Fair in Brooklyn, Belmont and Monmouth Racetracks and the Fall Festival at Huntington.
Brenda Giammanco of the New York Metro Country Music Association has been quoted as giving Mary an A+ rating, and she plays there to packed audiences. The Mary Lamont Band played the NY Metro CMA's St. Jude's Children's Hospital benefit and raised $4,000 for St. Jude's.
Mary has released her debut CD of original material, as well as a second CD. About Mary's CDs
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