Title: From Her Eyes
Hood: Oakland, California
Released: November 30, 2010
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soulhead contributor Erin Duncan recently featured this exciting young artist in the most recent issue of Wax Poetics. Not only beautiful, this singer’s voice has a soft and warm texture to her voice. We really enjoyed listening to this project especially the the cover of Van Hunt’s Character, which just delivered.
This album introduces a new twenty-two year old artist named Mara Hruby from Oakland, CA. She arrived on the scene at the start of 2010, playing shows throughout the Bay Area, and is releasing her debut EP, From Her Eyes. Mara has worked on this album for the past nine months; she has applied her multi-talented dedication to recording, arranging, and engineering her own work. She has performed on stage, dancing and backing other artists in the Bay Area; unconsciously preparing herself for this path. She has chosen to speak through music in order to connect with those of us who love music.
During an interview with a local entertainment magazine, Mara was asked to describe her sound: My sound/style comes from what I have experienced in life. I feel my sound is organic, distinct, melodic, eclectic, and filled with sensitivity. To say the least, Id call my music a melodic melting pot.
The current practice of recording covers of well known music by well loved artists, has led to some very creatively unique results. The surprise breakthrough of Les Nubians version of Sade’s mellow and soulful ballad, “The Sweetest Taboo,” helped their American debut album, Princesses Nubiennes, to achieve a higher position on the Billboard charts than any other French-language album had in the previous decade.
These seven tracks represent the genesis of the view From Maras Eyes of the various works of her favorite male artists. Each song is connected to a memory experience in Maras young life. The beauty and elegance of Van Hunts Character, Bob Marleys love of Jah, Mos Defs soulful poetry, André 3000 Benjamins Take Off Your Cool, as well as DAngelos Send It On are all examples of art forms from todays exceptional musicians.
Mara Hruby is a mesmerizing artist who performs on stage with poise and grace. You will be surprised to discover how naturally her music will enter your heart.