Bio

Mary Fahl

With “a voice for the gods that can transport listeners to other realms” (Boston Globe), Mary Fahl is an expressive, emotional singer/songwriter who first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s NYC- based chamber-pop group October Project. As a solo artist, she’s had more freedom to pursue her own muse, whether that means writing and recording songs for movies (including the theme for the Civil War epic “Gods and Generals”), singing arias and medieval Spanish songs for Sony Classical or releasing a unique album-length take on Dark Side of the MoonAs befits a former Catholic schoolgirl who went on to major in medieval studies and develop a lifelong interest in Hermeticism, Mary Fahl makes music that feels timeless, esoteric and ecumenical. Her elegant, cinematic songs draw on classical and world music sources, American art song, as well as thinking man’s folk-pop which she performs with an earthy, viscerally powerful contralto that bridges the generational gap between Fairport Convention’s Sandy Denny and London Grammar’s Hannah Reid. Fahl’s sound has a hauntingly gothic romanticism that inspired Anne Rice to portray it emanating from a dead woman’s room in her 2013 novel The Wolves of Midwinter. Over the past few years she’s been touring and recording on her own label, Rimar Records and her recent releases are garnering awards including an Indie Acoustic Award for Best Live Album for “Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House” (filmed for PBS) and a 2020 Independent Music Award for her recent holiday album, “Winter Songs and Carols”. Her latest release, a Blu-ray 5.1 surround DVD, “From the Dark Side of the Moon“, brilliantly mixed by Bob Clearmountain, won the 2021 Immersive Album Audio Listener’s Choice award and was named “Immersive Album of the Year” by Life in Surround. Now she returns with “Can’t Get It Out of My Head”, a collection of songs that she calls “essential” to her development as an artist. “The challenge was to make each of these songs my own or why bother…”, and her interpretations of Neil Young, George Harrison, Richard Thompson and Pink Floyd among others, all recorded in stereo and 5.1 surround, do just that.

Her discography includes:

With October Project

  • October Project (1993, Epic Records)
  • Falling Farther In (1996, Epic Records)

Solo career

Lenses of Contact EP (2001, Roughmix Records)
The Other Side of Time (2003, Sony Classical)
Gods and Generals – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2003, Sony Classical)
The Guys – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2003, Sony Classical)
Classics for a New Century (2003, Sony Classical)
Love and Gravity  – (2014, Rimar Records)
Mary Fahl: Live from the Mauch Chunk Opera House – Live album and PBS Special (2014, Rimar Records)
Winter Songs and Carols (2019, Rimar Records)
From the Dark Side of the Moon – Blu-ray 5.1 Surround (2020, Rimar Records)
Can’t Get It Out of My Head – Stereo and Blu-ray 5.1 Surround (2022, Rimar Records)