Singer-songwriter Mary Fahl first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s folk-rock/adult alternative group, October Project. As a solo artist, her musical inspirations have expanded to include classical, medieval and world music. Her expressive, transcendent voice has been called “a voice for the gods” (Boston Globe), “a powerful, beautifully proportioned contralto” (Variety), “soul-permeating” (Portland Press), and “supernatural” (author Anne Rice). Her music appeals to a wide range of musical enthusiasts, including a large, loyal fan base of Mary Fahl evangelists.
In 2014 Fahl released the album, Love and Gravity, which is filled with flowing, folk-etched ballads produced by the legendary John Lissauer, who has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians of our time – including producing Leonard Cohen’s classic recording, “Hallelujah.” Seven of the 10 songs on Love and Gravity were composed or co-written by Fahl, including the powerful tribute to true love, “Move Mountains, Turn Rivers Around” (written for her husband, renowned deep-sea oceanographer and marine ecologist Richard Lutz); the unflaggingly romantic “When Johnny Loved June” (honoring Johnny Cash and June Carter); and the rousing “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.” The album also Includes two already-released singles: an inspiring re-imagining of the Joni Mitchell classic, “Both Sides Now;” and Fahl’s tribute to 9/11 rescue workers, “Dawning of the Day,” set to a traditional Irish melody.
Also in 2014 Fahl released a live album and DVD of her September 7, 2013, performance at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, PA, which was taped for an upcoming PBS special. The concert included songs from Love and Gravity, favorites from her October Project days, and selections from her celebrated interpretation of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.
Fahl and author Anne Rice (“Interview with the Vampire”) have a mutual admiration. Rice mentions both Mary and an October Project song, “Take Me as I Am,” in her new novel, “The Wolves of Midwinter” and asked Fahl to compose a theme song for the audiobook. With John Lissauer as co-writer, Fahl created the powerful and haunting “Exiles: The Wolves of Midwinter,” which was released concurrently with the novel on October 15, 2013. “I referenced ‘Take Me as I Am’ because I was hearing that song in my head, and Mary Fahl singing it, as I wrote the scene,” said Anne Rice. “I am so honored and thrilled that Mary was inspired to write ‘Exiles’ as a result. It’s haunting and beautiful and exactly conveys the mood of the novel.”
Fahl, who hails from Rockland County, NY, lives in an idyllic setting in eastern Pennsylvania with her husband. Their 17th century house overlooking the Delaware River — complete with waterfall and surrounded by acres of gardens and woods, inspires Mary’s ongoing songwriting.