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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Marielle Kraft (Mary-Elle Kraft)
Recommended if you like: Shawn Mendes, Colbie Caillat, Taylor Swift, Ben Rector
Story behind your band/artist name: My mom gave it to me when I was born. It’s a conglomerate of 5 of my grandmothers’ and great-grandmothers’ first names. As for my last name, unfortunately it holds no relation to the Kraft foods company :(
Band Members: Marielle Kraft, guitar + ukulele + vocals
What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : La Plata, Maryland
At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area:
- Marielle was a 6th grade English teacher in Charles County, MD during the 2017-2018 school year
- Marielle loves to spend time exploring local coffee shops, and her favorite D.C. shop is Philz Coffee.
- The first D.C. concert Marielle ever attended was to see Betty Who (her favorite artist) at DC9 in 2013. A few weeks, she played there for the first time herself!
-Marielle once won a half time shooting competition at a Georgetown basketball game when I was 8
Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Marielle Kraft is a singer/songwriter originally from Rhode Island, and currently based outside of Washington D.C. in Maryland. Self-taught, she began playing guitar at 16 and writing songs soon after. Her songs take shape as honest stories through comfortable arrangements, drawing influence from artists like Shawn Mendes, Sara Bareilles, and Taylor Swift. Oftentimes these stories are ones that we all find a piece of ourselves in, yet are written in a way simply unique to Marielle's artistry.
Over the past few years, Marielle Kraft has self-released two original EPs, as well as a recent single, followed by the release of her first official music video in collaboration with Heuristic Films.
Her first EP, Today Tomorrow Someday (2014) navigates the search for new purpose, while still remembering your roots. Her sophomore live EP, The Gibraltar Sessions (2016), features a stripped down delivery of 5 unheard original songs that seamlessly match clever lyrics of love, longing, and identity with refreshing melodies that will ring in your head for days afterward.
Her latest release, the singer-songwriter pop single "How Far You Feel," which has already collected nearly 200,000 streams across platforms, seeks to understand physical vs. emotional distance in a relationship.
Marielle Kraft regularly plays at venues across the mid-atlantic, sharing stages with names as big as Fatai, The WLDLFE, and Betty Who. This spring she was crowned grand champion of the Muzikarmegeddon Solo Singer-Songwriter Competition, and in June she delivered a Tedx talk at Firefly 2018, detailing the vital art of honesty rooted her songwriting.
“Marielle showed a clever intensity in her material that, when coupled with her wonderful voice, pulled the listener into her story.” - Joe Trainor (Muzikarmegeddon founder, Gable Music Ventures).
Marielle has announced plans to tour in different regions of the country this summer, and will release new original music coming soon.
Official Website URL: mariellekraft.com
Facebook URL: Facebook.com/mariellekraft
Twitter Handle: @mariellekraft
Instagram Handle: @mariellekraft
Other Links: mariellekraft.bandcamp.com
Main Genre: Pop
Other Genres: singer-songwriter pop, indie pop, indie folk