The Meadows BK
The Meadows BK
Cover of Stevie Nicks' Bella Donna
Debut single "Chewed Fruit" will be available on all streaming platforms on June 12th 2022 at midnight.
Sister Mary Margaret poetry will be published in Batshit Times Magazine this June. Both digital and physical copies will be available online on the official Batshit Times website.
"When I was four years old, my parents enrolled me in Buffalo Suzuki Strings on the violin and put me in classical piano lessons. I remember my instrumental practices feeling stressful at such a young age, but I now owe my work ethic and sharp ear entirely to those intensive instrumental programs. By the time I was in middle school, I was the concertmaster in orchestra and was practicing piano an average of 5 hours a day, accompanying school choruses, playing chamber gigs, etc. I developed a relationship with music that had become almost solely disciplinary at that point. This is when I turned to singing and writing as my primary creative outlets. I always had a fascination with language and poetry, and it felt good to be musical in a way that didn't feel technical. I grew up listening to soul/R&B artists from the 70's - Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, Minnie Riperton - these artists were my first voice teachers. I was always drawn to the artists who packed punches in their lyrics and sang like they were just speaking to you - Roberta Flack, Joni Mitchell, Janis Ian, and Nina Simone are my influences that embody that the most to me. The juxtaposition of my music taste and musical training always felt contradictory, making it difficult to meld one cohesive sense of artistry in myself. I started singing for church services and performing with my jazz band in high school, and that's when I really fell in love with being a singer - telling a story or using my voice to allow people in a state of worship to reach some higher spiritual place. Though I was never really familiar with opera as an art form, I decided to pursue an Opera Performance Degree at the Purchase Conservatory of Music. What drove me through those four years was the visceral nature of the operatic voice. To produce a sound that is almost superhuman, yet so, so human felt freeing in a new way. I found the classical singers who embodied those same qualities I love in soul singers. Maria Callas and Jessye Norman sing their words exactly how they'd say them. They exhibit less concern with technicality than with communicating effectively - and that's what I believe makes art universal and accessible. Studying art song satisfied my love of poetry and often informs the way I write music. I am particularly inspired by 20th century French music. My senior year at the conservatory, I was cast as the leading role of Blanche in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites, and I found her musical lines to be like nothing I had ever heard before. The familiar harmonic elements of jazz I found in the French art songs and operas I was studying, combined with the heavy imagery in the poetry I was translating and interpreting allowed me to connect to classical music in a way I hadn't before. I slowly began implementing my education into what felt like very separate performance styles.
Mary Margaret is in the process of composing and producing her debut EP.
Mary Margaret recorded a Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway tribute set at Leesta Vall Recording Studios, which was pressed to vinyl on sight.
Mary Margaret debuted in the Berlin Opernfest as Mary Warren in their 2019 production of The Crucible, just after appearing as the lead role of Sophie in the Purchase Conservatory of Music’s production of Raphael Luca’s original opera Confession (pictured to the right), followed in 2020 by the conservatory’s production of Dialogues des Carmelites, where Mary Margaret played the coveted lead role, Blanche. Mary Margaret credits a lot of her growth as a musician and singer to these challenging opera roles.
Singing Erykah Badu's "Out My Mind, Just In Time"
Singing Debussy's "Apparition"
Singing Haitus Kaiyote's "Building a Ladder"
Singing Debussy's "L'ombre des arbres"