"Sublime distilling of southern grit." -NPR Music. As heard in Starbucks and Nordstrom stores worldwide, Mary's work has also been featured in Rolling Stone, Billboard, and USA Today.
With songs featured in Rolling Stone, NPR Music, USA Today, and The Bluegrass Situation, Mary's songs take you on a melody-driven journey with a southern-tinged fusion of folk and country. Classically trained in voice and winner of the 2017 Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, Mary has a long-developed network of songwriters and session musicians in Nashville, New York City, and Los Angeles that allows her to create ear-catching and compelling tracks for clients around the world.
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31 Reviews - 6 Repeat ClientsEndorse Mary Bragg
Mary did a great job. Very pleased with result. Nice tone to her voice and delivered on time. Excellent.
I have nothing but amazing things to say about Mary. Her vocals gave my song that extra spark to make it special. She has such an incredible voice, and I really enjoyed working with her. Thank you Mary!
Mary produced my song amazingly. I literally could not have imagined it better than how it turned out. The nuance, the production value, the instrumentation layers, the feeling and tone -- everything was perfect. Thanks Mary!
Mary was just a pleasure, professional, knew exactly what to deliver, sounded just great and on time. I highly recommend. She communicated in order to understand the song and my expectations and more than met them.
Everything Mary sings you believe it deep in your heart. She has this gift where she holds that line, expressing pure emotion and believability without overdoing it. That's where the magic happens for any great singer like Mary. And, she's the coolest person ever!
Mary is outstanding in every way— a ridiculously talented singer; highly creative; has a soulful, emotional, believable voice that just draws you in and won't let go. And, she's the kindest person ever. So lucky to work with her! Thank you Mary!
I don't know another singer that captures the true emotion of a song better than Mary. If you want your audience to truly believe what the protagonist in your song is saying, hire Mary. She's so talented and such a great person too!
Mary exceeded my expectations. Her voice is beautiful and I would definitely use her again.
Mary is a very special singer. We've hired her numerous times and she always brings every ounce of her talent to every note, every track she sings on. And she's an awesome person too.
Mary is a true pro! With a technique and emotion that is amazing!
We've worked with Mary a ton. It's simple: She's a remarkable singer and artist— a pro amongst pros. She's the coolest person too. HIGHLY recommend.
I can only echo all the great reviews below. Mary is a fantastic singer. She has a gorgeous voice, but more impressive to me was her ability to capture the phrasing and feel of my duet. She really nailed it! Mary was also a pleasure to deal with. She responded quickly to all communications, and was very pleasant and professional. In short, working with Mary was a great experience. If/when I have need for female vocals in the future, she will be at the top of my short list.
This is the second country song I’ve had the pleasure of working with Mary on. She sang the backing harmonies and she did a superb job! Her voice is excellent and fits the genre absolutely perfectly. I look forward to working with Mary again soon and give my highest recommendation!
Mary just has the coolest voice there is ... and what's more she's really great to work with...book her !
Very professional and talented. My singing is very limited but Mary managed to put down what was in my head from the recording I sent through. Look forward to getting another tune together to be brought to life. Thank you.
Mary has an outstanding voice and is really easy to work with. Highly recommend!
It's a pleasure to work with Mary. Not only does she have a beautiful and unique voice, but she works in a very professional way. Thank you again!
Mary is truly awesome! This is the third time working with her and we have two more projects lined up. Her voice is full of emotion, and restrained when it needs to be. In other words, her vocal instincts are top notch. You can trust that she will follow your vision, but also, she brings so much talent to the table, you can trust in her vision as well. The collaboration with Mary has been amongst our favorites on SoundBetter. Oh, and she's super cool too!
Mary is a brilliant singer, a top-tier talent on SoundBetter. It's that simple. We just keep on hiring her, and she keeps making our songs A LOT better. The best singers don't just sing, but come up with ideas you never thought of. A certain phrasing or harm idea can, and usually does, make all the difference. Mary has great ideas, works really hard and quickly too. Love working with her. HIGHLY recommend.
Mary did a fantastic job on the backing vocals for my country song! She was able to get it done for me on short notice, which I really appreciated!!
Great country voice and easy to work with. Highly recommend her!!
Great to work with. Enjoyed the process
We're gonna agree with some of the other reviews and say, Mary's voice is one that draws you in and doesn't let go. With all the distractions out there, it's hard to imagine staying focused. Certain performers, singers, art capture your attention and hold it, which is beyond impressive. Mary is one of these performers. She puts every ounce of her energy and passion into every note. This, you can clearly hear. And she's a great communicator, delivering quickly and flawlessly! HIGHLY recommend!
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 :-)
I've worked with Mary live and in the studio for the last couple of years. She's a W O N D E R F U L singer, songwriter, and human. I've also had the pleasure of seeing her work as a producer in the studio recently and she's such a pro. Always a good day when we get to work together in any capacity. Can't recommend her enough!
I co-write frequently with Mary and I have also hired her as a vocalist, and she does a phenomenal job at both things. She's professional but warm, incredibly smart and creative, and delivers top-quality work every time.
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: 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 daughter's wedding.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Jordan Perlson (drummer), Josh Kaler (guitarist, producer, mixer).
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Condenser mic, acoustic guitar, synth, laptop, and Logic.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My East Nashville studio is vibey, and efficient, using Logic Pro X, and state of the art guitars, amps, and condenser microphones.
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: 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 recorded songs 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: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Folk, Americana, Country, Indie-Pop.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Patty Griffin, Jason Isbell, John Prine, Rufus Wainwright, John Paul White, 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, original songs written both for commercial and personal use; production for demos and commercial releases.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been singing all my life, but 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: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen / prepare / pre-produce / record / edit.
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: 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: 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's your strongest skill?
A: Singing and songwriting.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Flawless pitch, emotion, vulnerability, and precision.