Jazz vocalist Mari McNeil sings from the heart. Her emotive voice can warm the body like a winter night’s embrace, and her exhaled lyrics can soothe even the most restless Nickel City soul. This is her sound, always laced with words of love. Full article...


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First, a confession. For the first forty years of my life, I did not feel worthy to be truly loved. I projected an aura of superiority and self-confidence, but inside, I felt unlovable and undesirable. A lot of women do. Full article...


A year ago I quit my job. The stated purpose was to start a freelance graphics business and sing jazz at night, but I was lying to myself. I didn’t want to be a designer anymore. I just wanted to sing. Full article...


Mari McNeil’s “Jazz, with Love,” is taking Western New York by storm! Mari’s warm, sultry voice is being heard at wedding receptions, cocktail parties, private clubs and restaurants by appreciative audiences all over the region. She sings standards from the Great American Songbook. Her performances are accompanied by a pianist, guitarist, quartet, quintet or even a big band. Full article...


 
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Here’s a woman who did the unthinkable: She gave up her high-paying corporate job in Buffalo to become a… jazz singer. And you know what? Good for her and it worked out! Ever industrious, Mari (pronounced Mah-ree) books her own gigs, gets a band together, and is releasing her first CD this year. She’s doing what she loves – and doing it in Buffalo. Full article...


McNeil was the guest speaker at the February meeting of the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of New York State Women Inc. McNeil is a corporate-employee-turned-jazz-vocalist, so the event was aptly named “Follow Your Bliss: Changing Your Career.” Full article...


Twenty promotional kits had been sliding around in the back seat of my car for weeks. Knowing I should drop them off at bars and restaurants, I was instead paralyzed -- unable to walk in the door and "cold call." My winter depression was seriously kicking in, and all I really wanted to do was crawl into bed and forget this pipe dream of being a jazz singer. Full article...