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.

 

FAVORITE FREE ENTERTAINMENT PUBLICATION: The Beachcomber, duh!

 

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 reverbnation.com/marigleason and facebook.com/marigleasonmusic.

 

* Inspired by the late, great CREEM magazine.

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