Mary Ann Rossoni
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Publicity: Arts Market Place, Providence Journal, Top 40 Charts, Providence Journal, Turn to 10,
Mixed Media Client since: 2000
Rossoni Art & Music at the BRT
Rossoni’s Songmill Features:
About the SONGWRITERS:
Michael Laureanno, Providence, RI
Mike Laureanno is the real deal Americana: poignant themes, memorable refrains and unforgettable arrangements. Not your average singer/songwriter, his subjects cover a wide range of topics that include religion, politics, history and family. Mikes most striking effect is his ability to write melodies that remain with you long after the song is over.
Mike’s debut CD “Pushing Back Wintertime” released in November 2013 charted at #28 on the Folk DJ Radio Playlist, and the song “Summer’s Gone” charted # 7 for Top Songs played during November 2013.
Mike is also a recording engineer and veteran sideman. He produced and recorded his own album and played bass guitar for 12 years behind legendary New York City Fast Folk founder, Jack Hardy.
Laura Zucker, San Francisco, CA
Singer-songwriter Laura Zucker wins audiences over with a hard-won perspective and a positive spin. The powerful imagery of her songs and stories ring so true you might think she’s read your diary – and you’ll find yourself humming her infectious melodies for days to come. She’s a two-time finalist in the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk competition in Texas and has received numerous accolades and awards from the organizations around the world.
Growing up in Highland Park, NJ, Laura was influenced by her family’s collection of essential folk music, contrasted with the rock sounds emanating from the radio. Her parents played Marais and Miranda, the Kingston Trio, Harry Belafonte, Mozart, Bach … while she played James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Laura Nyro, Aretha Franklin, Motown, the Beatles.
As she began crafting her own songs in high school, she drew from her own experiences as all songwriters do. While attending Rutgers University, she performed in coffeehouses, clubs and college pubs along the New York- Philadelphia corridor for much of the early 1980s.
She took a break to attend law school and practice law, but knowing she’d need something to fall back on, she kept her music skills honed.
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She will be performing at the Arts Marketplace with her bandmates the Rossonians: Mary Ann Rossoni, lead vocals, guitar; Jack Gauthier, mandolin; Joe Potenza, bass; Paul Dube, accordion/harp; Dan Hann, drums; and Betsy Dake, backing vocals.
For more information visit the Arts Market Place website
6/13: Mary Ann Rossoni Live!
Mary Ann Rossoni Live at Manchester 65
Performance also by Melissa Ferrick
Fri, June 13, 2014 8:00 pm
West Warwick, RI
May 11, 2014 – Coffee ‘an’…Music
From Mary Ann Rossoni:
I am very excited that the ball is now rolling on my songwriter/artist studio. There has been an ongoing struggle to manage my love of art, design and music. So here is the answer. I have created a one-stop listening shop at Rossoni Gallery. The Songmill will feature both regional and touring artists and focus primarily on their writing process as opposed to their performance skills.
As often as I can, , I will be hosting a songwriter/art series at the Gallery. The first performance and exhibit on Mother’s Day will be myself and invited guest songwriters Mary Day and Kim Petrara. Guest artist and fiddler Betsy Ritz will be exhibiting her work. Of course the theme for the day is “Mothers”.
We hope you can attend:
Sunday – May 11 – $10 tickets
4:30 – 6:30 performances by Mary Day, Mary Ann Rossoni and invited guest
7:30 – 9:00 art opening, Betsy Ritz, painter
We will serve coffee, tea, soft drinks and dessert pizzas from Indigo Pizza
You are welcome to BYOB!
Seating is limited to 30 so please reserve your seats early
There is no charge if you only choose to come to the opening at 7 pm
See a few videos from Mary Ann Rossoni’s Manchester 65 show a few weeks ago
Edentown CD Release Show
February 22, 2014 8PM
St Paul’s Church, 50 Park Place, Pawtucket, RI
$16 advance; $18 door
Paul Dube, harp/accordion; Matt Dube, percussion;
Fellow board members of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame:
Medrick Bellaire, mando/acoustic guitar; Jeff Keithline, stand-up bass
Better All the Time
Mary Ann Rossoni is back. This time with the benefit of experience.
It’s always a treat when our beloved acoustic music icon Mary Ann Rossoni returns with a collection of songs. Edentown, her newest and eighth work shows us an artist that has come full circle, from acoustic music and back again. Only this time, Mary Ann’s songwriting shows the benefit of passing time, of experience, of wisdom, of age.
The new album is Rossoni laid bare: a collection of songs shorn of any elaborate arrangement or instrumentation—just words, delicately strummed guitars, and her voice.
Best known for composing melodic ballads focused on the challenges, perils and accomplishments of working class heroes, Mary Ann follows that formula, and her strength, with Edentown. The songs here reflect a pensive depth,her songs address the darkness and difficulties that so often afflict her heavy hearted narrators, all of us. Many of the tunes on Edentown talk of loss, recovery and sacrifice. “After the deaths of my nephew and a close friend, my writing took a ‘why-are-we-here?’ turn,” she says. “The songs on Edentown speak of loss and recovery, young love and gratitude for the simple things that life has to offer.”
“Beside My Memory of You” is a haunting waltz for a friend that passed suddenly. “The Passion” sings beautifully of the ultimate sacrifice. Years of disagreement end in understanding in “More and More the Same.” The title cut is a missive from a friend on the other side.
Writing and recording since 1988, when she met and performed extensively with singer/songwriter John Fuzek, Mary Ann in a sense returns to those simpler days, only this time with more complex feelings, more mature reflections, and a more truly meaningful body of work.
Rossoni will be performing these newer songs at Stone Soup Coffeehouse on February 22 with longtime band mate Paul Dube (harp/accordion); his son Matt Dube (percussion) and fellow board members of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Medrick Bellaire (mando/acoustic guitar) and Jeff Keithline (stand-up bass).
Mike Laureanno, longtime friend, fellow RISA member, and the recording engineer behind Edentown, opens the show.
“I’ve really missed playing small folk rooms, getting out there in front of people and feeling that connection,” she admits. “That’s why I feel it’s good to take these songs on the road.”
Born and raised in Johnston, RI, and a Providence resident since her college days, Mary Ann began as a naïve upstart with plenty of ambition and became a fast-maturing creative artist with a unique sound and a talent for all things visual. Immediately following graduation, and having just returned to the states after spending a year abroad studying in Italy as part of RISD’s European Honors Society, she realized how difficult it was to find a job in the arts. She took on all sorts of jobs while building a free-lance career – everything from short order cook and wall paper hanger to real estate agent and bartender. It was during this time that she met John Fuzek and they formed the duo Fuzek Rossoni.Fuzek Rossoni
Fuzek Rossoni was a popular regional act performing both on college campuses and in local pubs and clubs. Like many songwriters at the time, they tried their best to gain larger audiences by opening for larger acts – River Phoenix, The Marshall Tucker Band, Jack Hardy and Kristina Olson to name a few. Their career spanned nearly a decade. They gave their all trying to gain their foothold in the acoustic scene, and in many ways they were quite successful. Yet, it was at this time that they both decided to move in different directions to pursue their individual their songwriting.Anonymous
For a brief time, before going solo, Mary Ann performed for a few years in the duo Anonymous and released a 6 song EP with Hurricane, a well-known Rhode Island performer. Although the duo filled local rooms and gathered quite a local following, Mary Ann felt she needed to keep moving forward with her songwriting and recording and knew this would involve a good deal of travel.Rossoni – The Band
Just after recording half slips and garters, Mary Ann began performing both solo and with The Band. She enjoyed the friendship and playing of her drummer on half slip, John Orsi, and they formed a trio with Karen Riendeau on guitar. Karen and John later married and and The Band folded – but not without Mary Ann getting a real taste of what it was like to work with a band.Rossoni on Wall Street Label
Most noted for her narrative songwriting style and comfortable delivery on stage style Mary Ann began on the path of her performing songwriter career. It was after the recording of her first solo CD, half slips & garters, when she was reviewed in People Magazine and during her first solo tour in the Nashville area that she learned that Ginny Shea of Mixed Media Promotions, her friend and publicist, was negotiating three CD contract with the midwest label, Wall Street Music.She made her national debut on the Wall Street Records label in 2001 and soon became an important voice on the national music scene. The Cleveland Free Times calls her a “distaff Bill Morrissey,” due to her canny blend of storytelling and country blues folk. Mary Ann has toured the country singing from her heart, singing gloriously honest tales of life in New England with a pinch of humor, and drawing creative inspiration from the very surroundings that bewitch us all. We also agree with People magazine, which wrote, “Whoever is in charge of the folk resurgence has to make room for Rossoni.” Indeed, Mary Ann’s power is undeniable. She carves edgy, soul-deep images with her lyrics, powerful vocals, and punchy acoustic guitar, weaving a web of extraordinary stories about ordinary people.Rossonians
Wall Street Music closed its recording division in the early 2000s. They offered to continue to record Mary Ann’s music but would no longer be able to support her touring. So, it was at this time that they parted ways and Mary Ann produced and recorded timber and nails at Lakewest Studios with Jack Gauthier. She also, with the help of Mixed Media, promoted her own release and toured the country with her band members, the Rossonians: Jack Gauthier, Joe Potenza, Dan Hann, Paul Dube and Betsy Dake.Today
After years of touring nationally, in Fuzek Rossoni, with Rossoni The Band and the Rossonians Mary Ann is now back to her roots with the recent release of Edentown.a She has now come full circle performing regionally and mostly solo acoustic. She still says, “It’s all about the song,” and remains very active in the songwriting process. She is a two time chair and founding member of the Rhode Island Songwriters Association. Now in its twentieth year, RISA has over 140 active members. To this day, Mary Ann does not record a song without first running the tune by her RISA critique pals.Mary Ann also continues to seek publishing offers as well as performers that may want to explore her extensive catalog. Most recently her song “Measure My Love” was recorded by Caroline Doctorow on her Sweet to Me CD.Along with her musical ventures, and never playing second fiddle, has been her passion to paint and draw. Mary Ann is a Rhode Island School of Design graduate with a BFA in Illustration. Her paintings, much like her music, tell a story. You can view some of her work on this website or make an appointment to visit her studio in Pawtucket, RI.Mary Ann is an Elixir Strings endorsement artist and has served for many years on the boards of: Notable Works, the Summit Neighborhood Association, The Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, The Rhode Island Songwriters Association; Stone Soup Coffeehouse, one of the nation’s oldest and most noted coffeehouses; and the newly formed Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame.
Rossoni: A Road Well Traveled Brings Her Home
If you ask Mary Ann Rossoni about her 25 year music career, she’ll say she’s finally arrived! It has taken her years to get to where she is today–happily painting and writing songs in her Pawtucket office.
Though she tried to make it on the folk circuit, she’ll say she never “made it” in a traditional sense. Or as she put it, “they just never let me in.” Yet, for many of those years, Mary Ann Rossoni performed her music touring in the best venues this country has to offer.
Having been lauded in many newspapers and magazines, including among others Performing Songwriter to People magazine, for her self-released CDs she has also been invited to be the supporting act for countless national performers. Mary Ann is a seasoned, well-traveled performing songwriter and has been on roads well worth traveling.
As much as she loves performing, and is fortunate to have a band that feels the same way about her work and their own musical contribution, things are shifting–other musicians are now taking note and recording her tunes.
In the past NBC 10 included a song co-written by Mary Ann and fellow songwriters Deb Dovale and Betsy MacLean in an Emmy nominated documentary on homelessness. But more recently, and locally, Jesse Liam has recorded one of her tunes and has co-written another another with Mary Ann for his upcoming release. And, on a soon to be released CD, national touring performer Caroline Doctorow has recorded one of Mary Ann’s tunes as well.
Mary Ann and her band the Rossonians are featured at Stone Soup Coffeehouse on February 19 and she has invited special guests Caroline Doctorow and the Steamrollers as well as Jesse Liam to be part of the show. Mary Ann is excited to hear what they have done with her tunes and she hopes you will join her to give a listen.
Providence, RI – Long-awaited new CD, Timber & Nails Band leader, writer and lead vocalist – her music is cross-generational, original, acoustic rock n’ roll, or in today’s terms, Americana Proud Elixer string endorser and Motif Magazine awarded her Best Singer/Songwriter.
Some of the media coverage:
2/18 Coffee Cup Salute on WJAR-TV/NBC-10 @ 5:45AM: http://www2.turnto10.com/news/local/community/coffee_cup_salute/
Saturday (2/19) @9am on Weekend Sunrise with Mario Hilario: http://www2.turnto10.com/
For more news see: http://mixedmediapromo.com/news-2/