Welcome to another SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT! Today’s feature is a no-holds barred rockin’ female artist with a sexy sultry voice that makes her a force to be reckoned with.
It is my pleasure to turn my blog over to Chaz Marie!
Thank you, Jan, for allowing me a space to share my music, my passion and my story!
In the early 2000’s, I cut a record with my sister Kessie, entitled the Marie Sisters. After being turned down by everyone on Music Row twice in a six year period, we moved back home to Dallas from Nashville, thinking that was it. Three months later, we secured a record deal with Universal Music Group New York. Things were amazing at the time. We toured with legends and newbies just like us. Our record was way before its time. (It’s still out there).
I was always told, “You’re too soulful for country music, pull it back.” But how do I change what I am? How do I change the voice that God gave me? I’m not good enough, I’m gonna ruin everything. Those were the thoughts going thru my young mind. What it came down to is a label who didn’t know what to do with us. It may sound crazy, but I’m grateful. We had a blast, we lived a dream not many get the chance to live. One day, we woke up to a hot fax (inside media news) that said we had been cut from the label. We were devastated. Life as we knew it was done…but you pick up the pieces and you move on. My sis and I decided to part ways musically, but we remain very close today.
I couldn’t let the fire, or the passion for music leave my life. It’s my first love. I tried a couple of different music projects, that led nowhere. So I decided to start a band in Dallas, Texas. I was tired of being the “female singer” in the band. I knew I could offer a great show and great music all by myself – a standalone, female fronted original artist. I started playing everywhere I could to promote myself. It started building, and I knew it was getting better everyday. I wanted so badly to record an original project. I made two attempts and the magic just wasn’t there. So, I kept booking and playing and have been consistently, for the last 15 years.
Fast forward….I had been trying to get Quinten Hope on a gig for a couple years, with no luck. Then one day, 30 mins before I called him, his gig canceled and he was able to play with me on May 2, 2015. That’s when everything just clicked. We got engaged in August and married in Sept. Fast track for sure. Lol! We started writing and working toward this project and well, here it is!
We got our friends Will Lee, Rob Arthur, Dan Wojciehowski, David Deshazo, Carson Wagner, Milo Deering, Paul Harrington and of course Quinten Hope to put their magic on it. We cut it all right there in Dallas, except for Will’s vocals. He cut those at his studio in NY and sent them over to us. It’s quite the mix, as far as sound. To be honest, I got tired of trying to release music under a specific genre. It’s hard to put creatives in a box….so I just recorded the music that was in me. I wrote what was in me – what I felt. That’s what this EP is. FINALLY a project, I had complete control over artistically. It feels good. Quentin and I are Independent Music Artists. We write, produce, record, finance, promote, book, etc… all on our own. It’s not easy sometimes, but if it’s your passion, it never feels like work. At least not to me.
Here’s a sample of what you’ll find on the EP we named, CHAZ MARIE!
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