Mary Tebbs

Mary Tebbs Singer-Songwriter, Salt Lake City, Utah, Squatters Pub, Acoustic Music, Folk

“I’m a singer/songwriter committed to sharing and exploring further my journey into awareness and discovering more deeply my connection to the universe. I’m excited to share my personal discovery of the fullness of what a gift this life is and that it’s up to each one of us to create the life that we want. Every obstacle holds a huge gift for us to mine if we choose to perceive it that way. And the opportunity to explore and make choices that embody our own personal truth can be a continuous learning experience full of joy and surprise and love. I want love and connection and adventure and abundance! I hope you’ll join me on my journey in some fashion and that we will find new ways to love, explore and connect.

Mary Tebbs has been called “The Ellen DeGeneres of singer/songwriters,” and for good reason! Her off-the-cuff, quick-witted and endearing performance style will have you laughing in one moment and then she’ll surprise you with a lyrical depth and wisdom that will have you embracing each melodic word.

Mary started her musical adventure in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1989 when a couple of friends heard her make up a song on the spot after her first run in with José Cuervo. The song “Substance Abuse” set Mary on her way to sharing her personality through song. Since then, she’s been writing, singing, and playing whenever she can and has been recognized and awarded for her songwriting and live performances.

She formed her first band in 1992 and has found her true love is not only writing but sharing her songs with a listening audience. The Las Vegas Weekly says, “Tebbs is full of weathered innocence, dealing with love, sensuality and heartache, building it all on a solid foundation of blues and slow mountain funk.”

“There’s nothing more fulfilling than reaching through to people’s hearts and souls with my music. To see and feel them respond and be moved by something that’s at my core connects me with them like nothing else,” Mary says.

Since 1995 she has garnered many awards for her songwriting, claiming the Best Songwriter three years running from the City Weekly (Salt Lake-based weekly newspaper), Best Solo Performer, Best Folk/Acoustic, and receiving a national nomination for Best Jazz Song from GLAMA (Gay Lesbian American Music Awards – based in New York City) for her song “Big Mouth.”

Mary has had the honor of sharing a stage with a wide range of national acts like Weezer, Melissa Ferrick, Karma, Luscious Jackson, Blessid Union of Souls, and The Young Dubliners, to name a few. Her stylistic range allows her to be heard by a wide audience.

Mary has a catalog of over 200 songs that continues to grow as each day offers new inspiration. The City Weekly has described her songs as “Swinging music that’s not afraid to wear its heart on two or three sleeves.”

Mary’s range in songwriting is vast. Seeing her live is like traveling through a landscape dotted with varying emotions. Her music is about sensuality, human emotion, honesty and humor. Her performances are about laughter, reality, getting lost in love, and moving through heartbreak. She’ll have you laughing out loud with songs like “Big Titty Girl,” you’ll feel warmed over with joy when you hear “Blizzard,” and “Make It Light,” you’ll want to rock out to “Wake Up Call,” then feeling sexy with “Tip Of Your Heart,” and she can bring you to tears with a heartbreaking song like “Walk Away.” Mary’s personal favorites, “Regarding Bluedog” and “Fly” offer provocative journeys through self-liberation and love.

Mary’s talent lies in her ability to incorporate many different styles without mimicking anyone. With influences ranging from The Carpenter’s, Hank Williams Sr., Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Ryan Adams, and Squeeze, she adapts warmth, richness, groove, and the down-to-earth realness of simplicity.

One of Mary’s dreams is to become a published songwriter, and believes she has the ability to write any style of song. “One of my greatest pleasures in my musical experience is having someone else sing one of my tunes. It’s one of the rare times that I can listen to and enjoy the song rather than critique it.”

Mary Tebbs