The Beat Profiles* — Mari Gleason

HOME: Santa Rosa Beach. Originally from Longwood, Florida.


AGE: -less!


PROFESSION: Acoustic musician, singer and songwriter.


HOBBIES: Documenting the life of my dog through photos, baking pies (highly superior to cake), painting poorly, roller skating, smiling for no good reason, and travel. I backpacked through Europe for two months last year and can’t wait to do it again. There is so much to see.


LAST BOOK I READ: Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho. Love, love, love this author. Everyone should read The Alchemist—seriously, go buy it.


RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Finding the courage to quit my day job and pursue what I love full time. Next challenge—finish my EP.


QUOTE: “It is our choices that show us what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” –  JK Rowling.


PROFILE: I am a new artist in the area, alternating my set between the ukulele and the guitar. It is my goal to play music that everyone will enjoy, but I really love the oldies. I also write original music with influences such as Ingrid Michaelson, Regina Spektor, and Belle and Sebastian.


I recently moved to Santa Rosa Beach and began scooting my way into the music scene. One of the things I appreciate about this area is how supportive everyone is toward one another.


I play Sundays at Chiringo and spots like Steamboat Bar and Grill, the Perfect Pig and Carrabba’s for their monthly wine dinner. I also love to hang and play at 30A Songwriter Music & Coffee where I recently participated in their Bob Dylan tribute.




We met Gleason at the aforementioned Dylan tribute show—dubbed “Bob Fest” by Ed Wrann—and knew we had to feature her right away. Especially since we got a good picture of her reading The Beachcomber. Learn more about this exciting new talent at and


* Inspired by the late, great CREEM magazine.

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