Welcome to my new email newsletter! For those of you who have been on my email list for years, thank you so much for the support and I hope you like some of the changes that are coming! For those that are new, I hope you have fun with these updates as well. I am going to send these out about once a month with updates on music, No Sass Creations bolos, and just general life and frivolity. I figured there was no better time than my favorite month in the whole year, OCTOBER, to get started! So LET'S DO THIS!
I'm releasing a new tune! On October 18th, my cover of The Cranberries' "ZOMBIE" will be out everywhere for your listening pleasure. One of my besties, Ian O'Neill, produced this track with me and we always have a lot of fun working together.
It will be available on iTunes, Spotify and any other of your favorite streaming and downloading platforms. Please share, add it playlists, and wear it out! You can even PRE-SAVE it on Spotify so you can hear it the second it comes out!!
I am also playing a house concert in Nashville on October 9th with the lovely and talented PHOEBE ELLIOT and ISABELLE STILLMAN. Since seating is limited, please send me a message if you'd like to come!
No Sass Creations: Bolos and More
As many of you know, I started making bolos because I wanted to wear them as part of my onstage look as a musician. They quickly turned into part of my merch at shows, and now they have a life of their own! I am very excited because I will have my bolos on display and for sale at the amazing WOMEN ON FIRE event at Exit/In on OCTOBER 8TH. So if you are in Nashville, come out and listen to some amazing chick rockers and buy some incredible local wares. Here are some of the great ways you can wear bolos! If you think bolos aren't for you, I disagree: BOLOS ARE FOR EVERYONE!
(I worked with amazing artist, POSEMANIKIN to put together the visual aid above)
Random Stories, Thoughts, Ideas
Other than working on music and bolos, I stay busy being a mom, Pound instructor, and avid thrifter and crafter. After both Eliza (my darling 3 year old) and I got well (after being slammed with stomach bugs last week), I decided to take a little ME time and came up with a fun craft I want to share with all of you Halloween and glam lovers out there. I had a couple of plastic junky skulls I was about to throw out, then a light bulb went off. "I'm gonna BEDAZZLE those!!" So, I took out my trusty black spray paint, glue gun and broken jewelry and made these....
A word of advice... Before you throw something away, just think of how it would look covered in rhinestones and beads!
Wrap It Up, Mary
That's all from me for now. I hope you'll stay in touch! For any other information you can always go to my website, facebook, instagram, etc. As always, I appreciate your support so much more than you know. Reach out to me anytime!
Love, Mary Jennings
It's March and that means "If He Only Had a Heart" is officially released into the world! Technically it came out yesterday but I decided to send this email today for one very special reason. A year a ago today (March 2), my amazing grandfather, Henry Smith Jennings, left this world. I wanted to dedicate this release to his memory.
He was a brilliant internist with a focus cardiology in Gainesville, GA. He was also a major supporter of my theatrical endeavors in high school and LOVED our rendition of "Wizard of Oz." I think he would have really enjoyed this spin on the Tin Man's lament. Want to hear it for yourself? Feel free to listen on your favorite platform. Add it to playlists, leave reviews, share it with friends!!
For the past month, my friends and I have been doing some fun gorilla marketing for the release as well. Thank you so much to all of you who have helped hang up the "Missing" signs in your areas. They made to to Washington, New York, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, North Carolina, Denmark, and even THAILAND to name just a few of the places. They are still going and if you want to take part in the fun, just send me an email and I will send you the jpeg for the posters and some free goodies for your good deeds!
I am incredibly honored to have scored the music for this amazing installation. These video shorts are incredibly powerful. If you have a chance, check out the piece and the rest of Jama's work. It is amazing.
CONVERGE is pleased to present Unplanned Journey: A 5-Shot Shorts Installation, a collaborative film and music installation by Jama Mohamed, a local filmmaker exploring the topic of disability, and Mary Jennings, a local singer, songwriter, and musician. The event reception will be held on February 3rd, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, at CONVERGE, 1224 Martin Street, in conjunction with Arts & Music at Wedgewood-Houston and is free and open to the public.
For his first series of “Nashville 5-Shot Shorts” shown at CONVERGE in January, Jama Mohamed collaborated with the Family Voices of Tennessee on a unique project empowering families and individuals affected by lifelong special healthcare needs, chronic illness and/or disabilities to tell their stories through video. The project was inspired by Mohamed’s own experiences as parent to a child with disabilities. Mohamed visited participants in their homes and taught them the basics of creating video to assist them in depicting their own experiences with disability—simply using five short video shots. “Nashville 5-Shot Shorts” was a recipient of Thrive funding from the Metro Nashville Arts Commission last spring.
For Unplanned Journey: A 5-Shot Shorts Installation, CONVERGE brought Mohamed and Jennings together to collaborate. Mohamed continued his work creating shorts with families from the Family Voices of Tennessee and the Family Advisory Council, and will show the black-and-white films simultaneously in a unified installation using tube televisions. The obsolete televisions underscore the marginalization that those with disabilities and special healthcare needs face. Jennings created music inspired by Mohamed’s work to enhance the installation with piano and ambient sound.
Mary Jennings, a Casio-sponsored artist, was featured in an online advertising campaign for the company’s new line of keyboards in 2011. Her song “The Darkness” was placed in the Lionsgate motion picture “Devil Seed” and in 2014, her song “Move” was featured on Lifetime’s TV show “Dance Moms.” Mary has extensively toured, opening for artists such as Jeffrey Gaines, Mike Doughty, Teddy Geiger, Ryan Cabrera, and Rachel Yamagata, and has appeared at several major festivals including CMJ and South by Southwest.
CONVERGE is a curated community of creative thinkers who collaborate on interdisciplinary projects that have a positive social impact, initiated by the husband and wife team, architectural designer Eric Malo and artist and poet Alysha Irisari Malo. The group conceives and realizes project-based art and design, lifestyle, cultural, and community programming. Alysha Irisari Malo is the Project Manager of this CONVERGE project.
I was heartbroken to hear about the loss of Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries. I was supposed to see her in concert last year but sadly she had to cancel due to complications with her back. Her voice and music shaped my adolescence and my songwriting. About two years ago, my dear friend, Ian O'Neill and I went into his studio to cover "Zombie" just for fun...just because we loved it. It seems like as good a time as any to share it with the world. I filmed a rare Nashville snow out of our upstairs window for the video. I hope you enjoy our rendition. It will never be Dolores, but I hope we can do her and The Cranberries justice during this tragic time.
I have been so surprised and pleased with the support I have received from the WWE music supervisors. They keep using my music and I just love it. The used "One Brick" awhile back for their WWE 24 documentary series and they just used "Home" for one of their last WWE Monday Night RAW episodes of 2016. Thanks for the love WWE!
"Mary Jennings’ version incorporates vocals with piano and host of other instruments. All of them sound great, but none can overshadow Jennings’ own voice, which is on a whole different level."
Thanks so much to Cultured Vultures for adding my rendition of "Everlong" in their "An Everlong for Everyone" post! So honored!
I am so excited to announce that Roadtrip Nation Season 13 will be using some of my music from the Metamorphosis record! You can find "Metamorphosis" on episodes 1 and 4, "One Brick" and "Tectonic Plates" on episode 3, and "Tidal Waves" on episode 4. Roadtrip Nation airs on local public television and PBS stations but you can also watch it online HERE.
Here is the final installment of the Live in Studio with Loop videos. In this video, I cover one of my favorite songs, "Elastic Heart" by Sia. It was produced by Ryan Youmans at Forty One Fifteen Studios in Nashville and was shot and edited by Joshua Mendez. Hope you enjoy!
I had a great time talking with Ryan and Dave again on the Break the Business Podcast. We discussed the importance of copyrighting music and had some good laughs as well.
Thank you so much to the Great American Song Contest for choosing "This Means War" as one of the top 5 winners in their adult contemporary category. Judges said “This Means War” has “powerful lyrical imagery, original theme and smartly devised melodic composition.” It truly means the world to me!
I am so honored that "This Means War" was chosen as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition for 2015. It's amazing to be selected out of 18,500 songs! We'll see if I become a finalist!
I am super stoked that Dance Moms decided to use yet another song in their show. Maddie Ziegler and the rest of the ALDC group danced "7 Deadly Sins" to "The Darkness" off of my 2011 record, Collapse, Collide. Hope you enjoy!
I had a blast working on a series of live in studio looping videos. The engineering was done by Ryan Youmans at Forty-One Fifteen Studios in Nashville, TN and Josh Mendez rocked the video. The first release is "One Brick!"