Mary Hood is a rising voice from a digital generation singing about old school themes like loneliness, love, loss, and longing with twisting acoustic guitar and a reedy, soulful voice. Her music stands alone, but her main influences Fiona Apple and Shakey Graves can be heard in her raw and resonant style, while others have compared her lyrics and storminess to acoustic legends Elliot Smith and Nick Drake.
Mary performed at Pleasantville Music Festival in summer of 2017, her name in the line up with well known artists Suzanne Vega, Blues Traveler, and Living Colour. She has also performed at other festivals and venues in the Hudson Valley area and New York City, including Newburgh Illuminated Festival, The Bitter End, and the Towne Crier.
Mary’s hypnotic sound captivates an audience while her unique fingerpicking weaves through each lyric, creating a musical storyline all its own.
Experiencing prejudice in the music industry firsthand, Mary felt compelled to do something to bring women together and create a supportive environment that empowered women. On June 30th of 2018, Mary put on Play Like A Grrrl! (an all women run, all women played music and art festival, which gave a nod to the riot grrrl feminist punk movement) took place at Milkweed. Since proving to herself that you don't need experience to bring people together- (a passionate Facebook post will do the trick), she feels driven to continue Play Like A Grrrl! for years to come. She hopes that in bringing women together, we can grow the notion that women are capable of running something without the help of men, and that we don't need to compete with each other in order to be successful.