MARY FOSTER CONKLIN has performed in clubs throughout the United States and Canada. She can also be seen from time to time singing off various fire escapes as The Lady in the Red Dress with the Renegade Cabaret. A natural storyteller, she also has a talent for uncovering lesser known treasures of the Great American Songbook. “Scratch her witty tough-girl-from Jersey patter,” wrote The Washington Post, “and you’ll find a sensitive artist (but not frail) with a wide-ranging boldly colored voice and an open ear for off-beat material.” Her CD Blues For Breakfast (available at http://www.rhombus-records.com/artists15.htm#192 ) is a tribute to composer Matt Dennis, best known for his hits “Angel Eyes” and “Violets for your Furs.” This award winning recording was a culmination of three years of research which began at the Library of Congress and has since been performed on both coasts, to critical acclaim, hailed by the press as ”delightfully dramatic” (Jazz Times) and “a work of art and heart” (powerlineblog.com). Her latest project, LIFE IS A BITCH - a tribute to Beat poet Fran Landesman, (best known for "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most" and "The Ballad of the Sad Young Men") has been praised by the New York Times as "full of salt and vinegar -- with the intensity and tough humor of someone who might have lived on the bohemian fringe in the late ’40s and ’50s, when the word ‘hip’ meant something." Five songs from this work will be available on Mary's new recording called Photographs, scheduled for release in February 2016.
Ms. Conklin was awarded the 2010 MAC Award for Jazz Vocalist, and has been praised by The New York Times as “a highly creative singer whose style blends cabaret and jazz so thoroughly as to defy any easy categorization.” Her debut CD, Crazy Eyes, was listed as one of the ten best CDs of 1998 by In Theatre Magazine, and won the 1999 Bistro Award presented by Backstage Magazine for Outstanding Recording. Her second recording, You’d Be Paradise, was released in September 2001 to critical acclaim, worldwide airplay and was a jazz bestseller for two years on www.CDBaby.com. www.maryfosterconklin.com