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New Artist to Watch: Audra Mariel

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Vocalist Audra Mariel (Courtesy of the artist)

New York native, Audra Mariel was raised on the American songbook. Growing up she was heavily influenced by vocalists: Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. As a young performer, she focused her energy on reinterpreting the music that had inspired her as a child.

Recently on a trip to New Orleans, Mariel was encouraged by the city's thriving jazz scene. It was on this trip that she says she, "found her voice." Surrounded by obscure songs from the early 20th century, New Orleans allowed her to shift her style. She quickly returned to New York and began work on a new project. 

Audra Mariel is a collaboration with friends and seasoned jazz musicians: Joe Accurso (piano), Gary Mazzaroppi (bass), and Doug Clarke (guitar). The album is a departure from her earlier work and unites her two passions - the American songbook and jazz.

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Larrym from Clearwater

Just blown away! Such a soothing voice and singing style. Check out the you tube page and pick up the CD. Then sit back, relax, close your eyes and float away. Just beautiful.

Sep. 04 2014 08:45 PM
Roseann from Charleston SC

She has such a sweet voice. Where can I buy her music?

Sep. 03 2014 01:25 PM
Pete

Awesome. What a beautiful voice.

Sep. 03 2014 01:20 PM
Felicia from Staten Island

Beautiful voice. It makes every song sound new.

Sep. 01 2014 02:42 PM
Vita from Ny

What a beautiful voice. I really enjoyed the album.

Aug. 31 2014 07:55 PM
Mark from Melbourne/NYC

Great choice for new artist. I live in both Melbourne(Which happens to have a thriving jazz scene if you ever make your way down here) and New York; and I just want to say you have done yourself with this new find Jonathan-it is refreshing to hear a younger talent take on songs from the early 20th century with obvious grace and passion.

Cheers,

Mark

Aug. 31 2014 06:09 PM
AAA from Monmouth Beach

Fantastic singer with a silky smooth jazz sound. I close my eyes and I'm back in a jazz club in New Orleans. The first CD is great can't wait for the next one.

Aug. 31 2014 08:29 AM
Kenny G from Oceania

Audra has one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard. I really wish I can duet with her. She sounds better life than how she sounds on the album believe it or not!

Aug. 31 2014 01:16 AM
Richard McConney from New Jersey

Audra Mariel is one of the best new and upcoming singer I have ever heard.
She is the standard..............

Aug. 30 2014 02:27 PM
Terri from California

My Father was in the entertainment business & can't tell you the last time I heard such a wonderful rendition of "Because of You"my Dad's favorite

Aug. 30 2014 02:03 PM
Scott from Long Island

Listen to your show when I'm in the office doing paper work & stopped to really listen to Audra Marie. Love her. Hope you'll continue to play her works.

Aug. 30 2014 01:58 PM
Joe from N.Bellmorer NY

Looks like you made an amazing find,can't wait to hear more from her.

Aug. 30 2014 01:51 PM
Courtney from Wantagh NY

Watch & learn from a fabulous new voice on your show! Way to go Jonathan for sharing this incredible talent with us all. Looking forward to hearing more form Ms Mariel

Aug. 30 2014 01:49 PM
Thomas

Saw Audra in Red Bank NJ @ Frank Senatra Tribute & fell in love with her.Voice reminiscent of the great jazz singers of our generation!

Aug. 30 2014 01:44 PM
Ed from Ocean Grove

Young and beautiful, with amazing talent & Style, and the voice of an angel...LOVE HER! E&R

Aug. 30 2014 12:00 PM
Peri

We love listening to Audra. We already have her first cd and are looking forward to another one!

Aug. 29 2014 07:49 PM
Diana from Pennsylvania

Loved this song! Such a beautiful voice...can't wait to see what the future holds for Audra.

Aug. 29 2014 06:31 PM
Kerry from New Jersey

Heavenly sound from someone with true talent…exquisite!

Aug. 29 2014 04:01 PM

I have loved hearing Audra Mariel both on the stream and on the weekend show-- like Jonathan said a few weeks ago, "she's a real singer." What a thrill she must get when she hears her lovely voice and then the show transitions to Sinatra or Billie or the contemporary greats!

Aug. 27 2014 10:57 PM
Paul from monmouth county

Can't wait to hear more music from this talented singer. Keep playing her music Jonathan!

Aug. 27 2014 06:46 PM
Rita

What a beautiful sweet voice with a sassy twist. Can listen all day.

Thank you Jonathan for introducing this new artist.

Aug. 27 2014 03:33 PM
ba red bank

Love it! Perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine.

Aug. 26 2014 10:11 PM
Franky from Freehold, NJ


Words really fail to express my joy at the news of your recent CD release. Your success was however no surprise because a woman of your caliber and talent was bound to fare excellently sooner or later.
My heartfelt congratulations and best wishes.

Aug. 25 2014 07:42 PM
Connie from Staten Island, New York

Thank you for introducing us to this great new artist. Audra has a great naturally jazzy voice, and looking forward to hearing more of her songs on your show

Aug. 25 2014 06:08 PM
Bill R. from Williamsport, MD

Nice, relaxed rendition. This was Tony Bennett's first hit, I believe. Hard to top it.

Aug. 25 2014 03:43 PM
Joe S

What a nice rendition. Audra has great tone and phrasing. Would love to hear more on the show.

Aug. 25 2014 03:20 PM
Charley from Queens ny

2 big thumbs up from me and everyone in my office!!!!

Aug. 25 2014 12:48 PM
DN from New Jersey

Jonathan what a delightful new artist. Her voice is smooth and captivating. Cant wait to hear more from Audra.

Aug. 25 2014 12:26 PM
CT from Marlboro, NJ

Thanks Jonathan for bringing this great new singer of our American Songbook to our attention.

Aug. 25 2014 11:42 AM
Felix from NYC

Have heard her on your show really like her good choice for album of the week

Aug. 25 2014 09:50 AM
John from Brooklyn ny

WOW

Aug. 25 2014 09:30 AM

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