Skip to Content Skip to Navigation

Marie McGilvray: Bio

Singer-songwriter Marie McGilvray taught herself to play guitar when she was 9 and penned her first song when she was 11.  To her fan base, Marie is known for her moving, soul-stirring songs and performances. While her ethereal pop/alternative rock sound has been compared to Kate Bush, Sarah McLachlan, Jane Sibbery and Portishead, her writing style and reedy, airy vibrato voice offer an original and intriguing sound.  Throughout her teens, she performed as a soloist and in bands, achieved moderate success, and then left music for a stable and “real” career. Interestingly, her job took her to Nashville, where she soon felt herself drawn back to music. "I’m just so grateful to have rediscovered myself as an artist and have the opportunity to share that," she reveals warmly. "I have always known that it’s really who I am and why I’m here."

 A couple years after moving to Nashville, she teamed up with musical director/producer Ron Gomez to record a 7 song EP “Big Love”.  The EP achieved McGilvray’s goal of attaining national distribution and expanding her fan base and featured Matt Slocum (Sixpence None The Richer) and Mick Taras (The Motels).  Her song "Mockingbird (We Are One)" was featured regionally in the 2008 Presidential campaign.

 The recording of “Big Love” opened up many performing opportunities as well.  She recently was a finalist in the Eddie’s Attic Songwriter’s "Shoot Out" – a bi-annual show that features some of the best up and coming singer-songwriters.  She has also performed as a guest of the Songwriter’s Showcase at the infamous Bitter End in New York; Other performances include: the Bluebird Café in Nashville, the Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, the Midpoint Music Festival, and Googie's in New York. 

  McGilvray has just completed a new full length record entitled "Solitary World" which will release under her band name Ante M in Fall 2012.  It was produced by Mark Ephraim (Neko Case, The New Pornographers) and with an all-star band featuring Mark Ephraim, Parker Kindred (Jeff Buckley, Joan as Policewoman, Antony and The Johnsons), Tyler Wood (Joan as Policewoman, Chester French) and Simon Shippey (Custom Blue, Ed Valance).