We had the good fortune of connecting with Mary Scholz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mary, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking risks opens a window of opportunities that would have not presented themselves otherwise.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’d have to say that I’m most excited about this upcoming release. “Lady Liberty,” which will be out on October 8th, is sung from the perspective of Liberty herself. I am no stranger to releasing material of a topical nature, but this one sits incredibly close to my heart. It’s my love letter to the people of this country, and my call to each of us, to take part in stepping up to the ideals we are supposed to represent, and certainly fall short of. If I’ve learned anything along the way, it’s to write about things that matter to me. To write about experiences that I’ve had, things that resonate deeply. I could sit down and write about a topic assigned to me, but it’ll never translate from stage to audience if it isn’t coming from the core of who I am. I’ve spent over a decade touring from stage-to-stage, state-to-state (and country-to-country), and I’ve had my share of road blocks. But the people I get to connect with keep me going, and fuel my fire. Every time I hear from someone that a song or show helped them through a hard time, made it easier to process the trials that their life was handing them, I am reminded of why I do what I do. I have to trust that the music is reaching who it needs to reach. Each record I’ve released has come with its own set of challenges, as has each tour I’ve set out on. I would definitely not say it’s been easy – but it has also given me some of the brightest moments of my life. I have always felt called to music, to writing, and performing – and that has been a great gift to me. It keeps me pushing forward. It sees to it that blocks get met with as much patience and persistence as I can muster, (and thankfully, encouragement from my loved ones), and the bright spots…well those I’ve learned to stop and soak in. It’s been quite a journey from the girl starting out, playing open mics in and around Philadelphia, to touring, and moving to Los Angeles – and I am so grateful for all of it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
You’ve got me daydreaming about pre (and hopefully post) Covid days! My cousin came to town for just one day back in January, and so we did whirlwind trip of my favorite places – a breakfast croissant sandwich at Cafe Los Feliz, a hike in Griffith Park, lunch at the Alcove, coffee and pastries at Figaro Bistro…if we’d had more time, we’d have spent an evening at the Cicada Club, one at Hotel Cafe, taken a drive up the coast… I really love this town – it’s been almost 10 years that I’ve lived here, and the sight of the Hollywood sign, the magic of the hills…it never gets old to me.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Well I always have to give a shoutout to my family first; my parents, siblings and their partners, and my closest friends, who have always been supportive and encouraging of my work. It’s a tough road, and to have those people in my corner really means so much to me. My own partner, Zachary Ross, has been a sincere source of encouragement, as well as creative collaboration, these past few years. It’s an incredibly special thing in my life, to have someone who understands my line of work, the ups and downs of it, from working in the field himself. When we do get to work on projects together, or perform together, it’s an added bonus to look over and see someone I Love so dearly. We’ve worked hard to understand each other musically, and it really is another love language. Most recently I’d have to give a shoutout to Kirk Pasich, founder of Blue Elan records, with whom I’ve been collaborating to release my upcoming single, “Lady Liberty.” He is an extremely kind and generous mentor, who really invests in the artists that he believes in. Kirk and I first connected last year, and it was immediately obvious how personally he takes the work he does, He really puts value on the songwriting, and it means a lot to have someone like him in my corner.
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