Vocalist/Songwriter, Mary Ellen Spann's latest solo release, "Heart Soar," spans continents and genres - from Brazil to Ireland and pop to acoustic rock. Co-produced with Colin Boyd, Spann's latest and first release on her label, China Alley Records, consists of eight original tunes and two standards by Gershwin & Jobim. "This is a true reflection of my eclectic musical up bringing," states Spann. Born and raised in the state of South Dakota, music has been in her blood from the start, with a grandfather who composed and sang cowboy ballads on WNAX radio, a father who played saxophone in his own big band and a mother who sang jazz standards. The youngest of four children, Mary Ellen grew up in a house filled with the likes of Hoagy Carmichael, Brazil 66, the Gershwin Brothers, Peggy Lee, Sons of the Pioneers, Karen Carpenter, Dan Fogelberg and Bonnie Raitt to name a few. "I caught the trickle down of everyone else's music in the family, " states Spann. She has performed her music in New York at The Bitter End, in Nashville as West Wood One's featured upcoming artist and overseas on the U.S.O. Tour in Germany, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Spain and England. As a Texas based songwriter, the big band, Tuxedo Junction recently recorded her bluesy, "Tatertot Casserole" with an 18-piece arrangement. This coming June Mary Ellen will be one of five featured songwriters chosen to represent the Dallas/Ft. Worth area at the Kerrville Folk Festival.
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