Mary Lambert (WA)
The 2014 Grammy Awards were full of powerhouse performances, but the most moving, by far, belonged to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis with Seattle singer, Mary Lambert. Their performance lit up L.A.’s Staples Center, and was made all the more stirring when Queen Latifah officiated 33 marriages, many of them same-sex. Madonna joined them to perform their gay marriage anthem Same Love.
Mary had already been on the rise with her songs and her voice – a powerful instrument in every sense of the word.
Nowhere is this better reflected than on her debut EP Letters Don’t Talk. The collection of songs, released in 2012, established Mary as a formidable Seattle artist and caught the attention of local hip-hop duo, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, with whom she wrote and sang their same-sex rights anthem. The revolutionary single has allowed Mary’s voice to reach millions.
Mary graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition. She is also an award winning spoken-word artist, and published her debut book of poetry, 500 Tips for Fat Girls, in January of 2013.
She has toured nationally and performed live on The MTV Video Music Awards and The Colbert Report, among others. Same Love has sold over two million copies in the US alone, and her recent single, She Keeps Me Warm received over one million views in its first week, debuting at #2 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart. Now, Capitol Records will release Mary’s first full length CD this year.
Come welcome Mary to her first appearance at the VFMF on Sunday, July 20.