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The irreverent and high energy of live performance. The sliding exhilaration of cleansing raw, impressionable bluesy rock and rockin blues. These are the anchors dug into 'JUSTbecause', the first album recorded in 1995 for Mary Paulson. Mary has been a dark horse in the Music Industry since 1986 at the age of 23. Prior, this vocal dynamo began captivating her audiences at the early age of 12 in Edina Minnesota where she formed her own acoustic band and began writing her first songs and performing at 500 seat venues. After completing her formal studies and education at the University of Minnesota music program in Voice and Music Theory, Mary relocated to San Diego, CA. Starting from the ground up by playing her guitar and singing her songs at every café, coffee shop, night club, and open mic nights, Mary became heavily involved in the Indy Scene and began recording for Demo projects as a back up vocalist. This insistent songwriter self produced two earlier demonstration recordings, My Summer, and Mary Paulson 92', which began a whole new popularity in coffee house music in Southern California. During a frequent unemployed and homeless stage, Mary found herself hosting Open Mic Shows in local Pubs and performing for dimes on street corners in order to stay afloat. Numerous songs from her JUSTbecause album, talk about this time in her life: Your Promise, Look What I've Become, and I Didn't Ask You To. Music became a sense of survival and instinct, which is clearly pronounced through her powerful lyrics In 1987, Mary worked seasonally as a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service, then transferred to the Federal Fire Department in San Diego, CA where today she holds the position as Engineer /EMT. During a period of traveling every weekend to San Francisco, CA for Recording jobs, and working on her own music, the road took a toll and she moved to the Bay Area to pursue her music carreer as a recording artist and a live performer. Unfortunately, bands break up and Mary's band was no exception. Deciding to undertake vocal recording specific lessons, Mary met her new vocal coach in a local newspaper ad, who soon was to become her record producer, Teresa Trull. Together, their partnership excelled new dimensions combining Mary's strong impressionable voice with Teresa's precise and multifaceted technical skills in the studio. Between these two enviable talents, nothing short of perfection created JUSTbecause. Other credits to the album include: Tom Size: Studio Engineer and Mixing Stef Burns: Guitar (Huey Lewis & the News) Benny Reitveld: (Carlos Santana Band) Kevin Hayes: (Robert Cray Band) Jimmy Pugh: (Robert Cray Band) Teresa Trull, Annie Stocking, Sandy Griffith, Jeannie Tracy : Back up vocalists Other special Guests: The late Keith Allen: Slide guitar (Steve Miller Band, Kate Wolf) Marc Van Wageningen: Bass ( Sheila E) Mike Marshall: Violin, acoustic guitar (Andy Narell, Bela Fleck) Nina Gerber: Acoustic Guitar ( Kate Wolf, Nanci Griffith)

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    Title: Justbecause
    Genre: Rock
    Release Date: 9/9/2008
    Label: CD Baby
    Product Type: CD
    Catalog #: 5637389675
    UPC: 601623100025
    Item #: CDBY310002