Marie Swan Black Biography Writing songs about loss, healing, strength and hope, Marie Swan Black's mission is to speak the unspeakable through song, bringing listeners to the depths of feeling and vicarious emotional release. With her supple and strong vocals, she can carry her crowd with her through her stories. Her latest song, 'Amphibean,' is about destructive use of power in religion and politics, and pulls on personal and fictionalized characters, while delving into the conflict of these powers against the human psyche. See a live video of part of the song below. 'Her sultry voice, smooth and sweet as honey, is a perfect foil to her bittersweet songs'. . . SF Weekly 'Raw, powerful, dynamic, silky smooth vocals'. . . Texas Beat 'She's the real thing'... Lloyd Mains, Steel Guitarist at Pato's in Austin (and he's also Natalie Mains' of the Dixie Chicks dad) Having performed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Austin Texas for over fourteen years, she is now based in Portland, Oregon. 'Saints' is her one album to date that she wrote, produced and performed on with some of the bay area's best musical talent: David Denny, formerly of the Steve Miller Band on electric guitar; Pete Scaturro, known for his keyboard artistry on albums by Joe Satriani and Chris Isaac and soundtracks for television's 'The Practice' and other TV soundtracks; and Naomi Ruth Eisenberg (a.k.a. Naomi Vice) delivering an emotionally charged violin performance on 'Obsessed,' and formerly with Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks. Plans for a long overdue second album are underway. 'Saints' received critical reviews throughout the US and radio airplay in the US, Canada and Europe. Television and radio broadcast interviews include KPOO Radio, CapZeyez Live, CapZeyez Live performance broadcast. Guest singer at Bobbie McFerrin's Chant for World Peace, on the New Years Eve preceeding the impending first Iraq War. Winner of songwriting contests including Bay Area Music Referral for her song 'Rude Boy' featuring Alex Weir of The Brother's Johnson and the Jonathen Demme / Talking Heads film 'Stop Making Sense' on guitar. Marie studied voice for five years with Raz Kennedy of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra.
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