Bio

Originally from Traverse City, MI, Mary moved out to Boston in 2003 to attend the Berklee College of Music. She graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Music in songwriting. She says attending Berklee was one of the best decisions she ever made.

Mary wrote her first song at age nine, but started writing more seriously at age 14. Since then, she has composed scores of songs in a variety of styles, from R&B to pop, rock to blues, secular to religious, and even the occasional classical composition. She doesn’t wish to tie herself down to any one genre, but always seeks to write music that speaks to the heart of the human experience in a way that is accessible, unique, and honest.

The overarching theme of Mary’s music is love in all its forms: between lovers, between friends, between God and creation, between strangers who simply wish to do good for one another. Using this theme, Mary’s goal is to create an opportunity for listeners to share in the experiences from which her songs spring, and through that sharing, make the songs their own.

Mary has been able to reach listeners with this message through her first album, Lovely Life, and supporting performances at diverse places across the country.  Past performance venues include:

  • Church (Boston, MA)
  • Precinct (Somerville, MA)
  • Pearl Street Station (Malden, MA)
  • Brooklyn Coffee House (Providence, RI)
  • Clarion Inn (Independent Music Conference, Northampton, MA)
  • Merion Inn (SS Cape May Songwriting Conference, Cape May, NJ)
  • Aroma’s Coffee and Tea (Traverse City, MI)

Mary’s latest project was her work on the show Crossroads (or The Piano of Death), a collaborative effort with playwright E. Christopher Clark commissioned by performing arts company Astolat Arts.  Mary wrote and performed her songs “I Wish I Wanted Less” and “Crossroads” as part of the production, most recently performed at The Players’ Ring in Portsmouth, NH.

If you are interested in working with her, you may contact her at marycasiello@gmail.com.

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