Bio/Press Kit

 

"Mara, I think you are one of the best singers of your generation. Every songwriter worth their salt should be sending you their tunes. You have such a beautiful, timeless quality to your voice and you make beautiful recordings. I just LOVE what you do." - Christine Lavin, singer-songwriter

Mara Levine

Pictured:  Mara Levine with Caroline Cutroneo

Mara Levine Full-Length Bio


Called one of the best singers of her generation by Christine Lavin, folksinger and jewelry designer Mara Levine has been creating beautiful interpretations of fine traditional and contemporary folk songs for many years and singing professionally as a member of various ensembles and as a hired harmony vocalist since 2002. Folk DJ Jim Marino has referred to her as "golden-voiced," while Michael Stock calls her voice "full, rich and soothing." Mara was nominated by Ron Olesko in 2009 for the Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference. She was selected for a Quad showcase at NERFA for 2014.

Her recently released second album, Jewels and Harmony, is receiving stellar reviews and was the #1 album on the folk chart for January 2013 as well as reaching #3 overall for 2013.  The CD also had the two top songs and Mara was named the most played artist for the month. In addition, the album was on the official Grammy ballot for Best Folk Album, 2013, and Cover Lay Down named it the #4 cover album of 2013. Jewels and Harmony  features 15 tracks produced with a 60's folk sensibility, with fresh interpretations, beautiful multi-part harmonies and collaborations with notable artists including  Si Kahn, Brother Sun, Pat Wictor, Gathering Time, Joe Jencks, Loretta Hagen, Terry Kitchen and Bob Harris and Caroline Cutroneo.

Her debut CD, Mara's Gems, did well on the folk charts (reaching #52 for 2009) and earned some lovely reviews. Mara has had two #1 songs on Richard Gillman's Folk -DJ chart, her version of Bob Franke's "Straw Against the Chill," with Joe Jencks and her original and intricate arrangement of Paul Simon's "Leaves That Are Green," also featuring folk harmony trio Gathering Time, both found on Jewels and Harmony.

Mara performs solo, as a duo with Caroline Cutroneo and as a duo with Terry Kitchen, shares shows with "Gathering Time" and "Jeff Scroggins and Colorado" and sings with a number of groups and musicians. She has performed at venues including the Borderline Folk Music Club, the Folk Project Festival, The Good Coffeehouse, Hurdy Gurdy Folk Club, the Minstrel Coffeehouse, People's Voice Cafe,  First Acoustics, Swallow Hill, the Belknap Mill,the Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center,  Luna Zoot house concerts, Garage Mahal, Pete and Toshi Seeger Wetlands Preservation Series, Cumberland County College, Historic Richmondtown Concert series, Old Lynn Concert series, the Garden Stage,The Two Way Street Coffeehouse, the Perkasie Patchwork Coffeehouse, Beacon Strawberry and Corn Festivals, Great South Bay Music Festival, Huntington Folk Festival, Westerleigh Folk Festival, Highlands Bluegrass festival,  NJ Clearwater Festival, Park Slope Bluegrass and Old Time Jamboree and Muses in the Vinyard festival.  Mara has appeared on programs including "WFMT Folkstage" hosted by Rich Warren, "The Folk Show "with Gene Shay (WXPN Philadelphia, PA), "Woody's Children" with Bob Sherman on WFUV, "Folk and Acoustic Music" with Michael Stock on WLRN (Miami, FL), "Saturday Folk Show" with Jeannie Holton on WMNF (Tampa, FL), "Traditions" with Bill Hahn and Ron Olesko on WFDU (Teaneck, NJ), WVBR "Bound For Glory" with Phil Shapiro and "Horses Sing Nine Of It" via the Folk Project. Mara also has provided vocals for recordings by Spook Handy, Bob Wright, Terry Rivel, Terry Kitchen and Jim Indell.

“The audience of The Old Lynn Concerts are a seasoned group with high expectations. Some might even say that they are spoiled, as over the past 13 years, many top-flight performers have been presented in the small, rural church tucked away in the northeastern corner of Pennsylvania. Last night, Mara Levine and her musical friends raised the bar yet again. Levine's gift for harmony and her powerful stage presence breathed new life into old songs and made instant favorites of the new. Engaging the audience from the outset, Mara Levine literally left her audience on a high note as she subtly converted them all to members of her own 120 person choir. Levine's concert was a highlight of the season."  - Lorne Clarke – Producer, Old Lynn Concert Series

“Mara’s voice is instantly stunning, with its piercing beauty, pinpoint pitch, and a warm and comforting vibrato. Our audience loved her show, and, as a presenter, I found her to be a solid professional, dedicated to her art, charming to her fans, and a joy to work with in the business of making music a pleasure."  - Mark Schaffer, co-chair 2011 New Jersey Folk Project Festival

"Mara Levine is a true professional. Her craft as a singer-performer is exceptional. You can count on Mara to have your audience singing or marveling at her beautiful voice while she performs an extraordinary and unique folk repertoire. Her demeanor backstage doing business is straight-on professional.You will be pleased with the outcome when you choose to promote Mara's act.. A fine talent." -    John Dull, JMHD Productions

 

Mara Levine Brief Bio

Called "one of the best singers of her generation" by Christine Lavin, Mara Levine creates beautiful interpretations of folk songs. Nominated by Ron Olesko in 2009 for the Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference. She was selected for a Quad showcase at NERFA for 2014.

Her recently released second album, Jewels and Harmony, is receiving stellar reviews and was the #1 album on the folk chart for January 2013.  The CD also had the two top songs and Mara was named the most played artist for the month.  The record was subsequently #3 on the folk Chart for 2013, was on the official Grammy Ballot for best folk Album, 2013, and was named #4 Cover Album of 2013 by Cover Lay Down. Jewels and Harmony features 15 tracks produced with a 60's folk sensibility, with fresh interpretations, beautiful multi-part harmonies and collaborations with notable artists including  Si Kahn, Brother Sun, Pat Wictor, Gathering Time, Joe Jencks, Loretta Hagen, Terry Kitchen and Caroline Cutroneo.

Mara's debut CD, Mara's Gems, ranked #52 on the Folk DJ chart for 2009. Since then, Mara has had two #1 songs on the monthly chart -- her version of Bob Franke's 'Straw Against the Chill,' with Joe Jencks, and her arrangement of Paul Simon's 'Leaves That Are Green,' with Gathering Time.   

Mara also performs in duos with Caroline Cutroneo, Terry Kitchen and Stuart Markus and shares bills with Gathering Time and Jeff Scroggins and Colorado.  She has appearedon numerous radio program and performed at various venues and festivals in New York State, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Connecticut, and Colorado.

 

Bio - Mara Levine with Caroline Cutroneo

Mara Levine and Caroline Cutroneo have gorgeous voices which blend  in uncannily beautiful harmonies. They have been singing original, traditional and contemporary folk and blues together for over 12 years. A show with Mara and Caroline is highly entertaining and often moving, and they always invite audience participation. They have made repeat appearances at area venues  such as WRSU, The People’s Voice Café, the Minstrel Coffeehouse, the Good Coffeehouse and  WVBR Bound For Glory.

" Watching and listening to the duo on stage, I knew I was seeing something special. They sang timeless folk classics, and originals that felt timeless...and they could have moved as easily in song circles in 1960 as they do in 2006."
Steve Quelet, host of the Songwriters Roundtable, Genessee PA
 
" I heard so many nice comments after the show. You were outstanding, and the audience loved you!  It was a memorable performance!"
- Ron Olesko, president- Hurdy Gurdy Folk Club (New Jersey)

Folk vocalist and jewelry designer Mara Levine is known for her  “crystal clear voice, subtle vibrato, and skillful way with a melody line," and for her original interpretations and arrangements of folk songs from traditional to contemporary.  

Her recently released second album, Jewels and Harmony, is receiving stellar reviews and was the #1 album on the folk chart for January 2013.  The CD also had the two top songs and Mara was named the most played artist for the month.  The CD was subsequently #3 on the folk Chart for 2013, was on the official Grammy Ballot for best folk Album, 2013, and was named #4 Cover Album of 2013 by Cover Lay Down. Jewels and Harmony features 15 tracks produced with a 60's folk sensibility, with fresh interpretations, beautiful multi-part harmonies and collaborations with notable artists including  Si Kahn, Brother Sun, Pat Wictor, Gathering Time, Joe Jencks, Loretta Hagen, Terry Kitchen and Caroline Cutroneo.

Her debut CD, Mara's Gems, did well on the folk charts (reaching #52 for 2009) and earned some lovely reviews. Mara has had two #1 songs on Richard Gillman's Folk -DJ chart, her version of Bob Franke's "Straw Against the Chill," with Joe Jencks and her original and intricate arrangement of Paul Simon's "Leaves That Are Green," also featuring folk harmony trio Gathering Time.

Mara has shared the stage with Bill Staines, Si Kahn, Brother Sun and opened for Christine Lavin.  She has performed at venues including the Hudson Clearwater Festival, the New Jersey Folk Festival, and on WFDU Traditions.

Caroline Cutroneo is an award-winning singer/songwriter-guitarist from Staten Island. Blending lyrical originals with traditional standards, Caroline surprises and delights her audience with originals and rare finds from such obscure sources as traditional folk song, depression-era jug bands and newly-discovered treasures from the sixties folk revival.  She has a 4 song CD is currently recording her first full length solo CD. Caroline is a three-time recipient of the annual Performing Arts award of Staten Island Council on the Arts and Humanities. A former FM announcer and program director, she has earned a degree in fine arts from the City University of New York. Caroline has opened for Pete Seeger and shared the stage with Bill Staines and Brother Sun.  She also plays with her bands “The Runaway Train” and “Lone Pine Radio Boys” at venues on Staten Island. 

 

Mara Levine & Terry Kitchen

Pictured:  Mara Levine with Terry Kitchen

Bio - Terry Kitchen and Mara Levine

In early 2008, Boston-based singer/songwriter Terry Kitchen had a gig in his home state of New Jersey, where he heard Mara Levine sing harmony with each of the other two acts. Kitchen was both impressed and jealous, and told her how much he enjoyed her performance. She promptly offered to back him up next time he was in the area. After a warm up set at the Minstrel Coffeehouse’s open mic, they debuted together in April 2008 at the People’s Voice Cafe in NYC. They have since performed as a duo at venues including Godfrey Daniels, the Borderline Folk Club, and the Place and Musical Lairs house concerts, and will appear on each other’s next CDs.

 

Called "one of New England’s best songwriters" by The Boston Globe, TERRY KITCHEN’s songs are portraits of ordinary people and emotions, captured with extraordinary compassion, honesty and humor. His 2009 CD Summer to Snowflakes reached #27 on the national Folk-DJ airplay chart, and was named Best Solo CD in Limelight Magazine’s 2010 Readers’ Poll. Kitchen’s songs have won the USA Songwriting Competition and the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and been runner up in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. His previous CDs include Heaven Here on Earth (2007), that’s how it used to be (2004), Right Now (2002), blues for cain & abel (1999), blanket (1997), and I Own This Town (1995). Kitchen has performed at venues across the U.S. and Canada including Club Passim, the Postcrypt Coffeehouse, Cafe Lena, the Bluebird Cafe, and the Falcon Ridge and South Florida folk festivals.

 

MARA LEVINE, called "one of the best singers of her generation" by Christine Lavin, has been creating beautiful interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk songs for many years and singing professionally since 2002. Her recently released second album, Jewels and Harmony, is receiving stellar reviews and was the #1 album on the folk chart for January 2013 as well as reaching #3 overall for 2013.  The CD also had the two top songs and Mara was named the most played artist for the month. In addition, the album was on the official  Grammy ballot for Best Folk album, and Cover Lay Down named it the #4 cover album of 2013. Jewels and Harmony  features 15 tracks produced with a 60's folk sensibility, with fresh interpretations, beautiful multi-part harmonies and collaborations with notable artists including  Si Kahn, Brother Sun, Pat Wictor, Gathering Time, Joe Jencks, Loretta Hagen, Terry Kitchen and Caroline Cutroneo. She was selected for a Quad showcase at NERFA for 2014.

Her debut CD, Mara’s Gems (a reference to both her music and her jewelry making) was #52 on Folk-DJ’s 2009 annual countdown. Since then Mara has had two #1 songs on Folk-DJ, her version of Bob Franke’s "Straw Against the Chill" with Joe Jencks and her arrangement of Paul Simon’s "Leaves That Are Green" featuring Gathering Time.

In addition to performing with Terry, Mara performs as a duo with Caroline Cutroneo, Stu Markus, shares bills with Gathering Time and Jeff Scroggins and Colorado and sings harmony with a number of groups and musicians. She has performed at Swallow Hill in Denver, the Folk Project Festival, the Good Coffeehouse, the Strawberry Festival, The Great South Bay Music festival, the Huntington Folk Festival, the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Club, and the Minstrel Coffeehouse. Mara also has provided vocals for recordings by Spook Handy, Terry Rivel, Terry Kitchen , Bob Wright and Jim Indell.