The Mary Dream have finished writing and pre-recording their follow up to "This Kind of Life" and are looking for a producer this time for a new approach to finalizing the record. Any interest should contact The Mary Dream at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In September, The Mary Dream’s song “All My Life” was featured on the MTV series “Teen Mom”, Episode #304. A link to view the clip on mtv.com coming soon!
In March, The Mary Dream’s song "Deeper" from the new album was featured on Animal Planet's "Taking on Tyson".
On November 7th, The Mary Dream’s song “Beautiful World” was featured on the hit Canadian TV series “Heartland”. The song was featured in the Season 4 episode entitled “Win, Place or Show” and is available on the Season 4 Heartland iMix on iTunes!
On March 24th, The Mary Dream's new song "Burning Bridges" was prominently featured on MTV's Real World D.C.!!! The song was used at the very end of the show in a moving scene where Mike urges parents to love and accept their kids for who they are. Instrumental versions of 3 other songs from the new album, including "Sing", "Deeper" and "The Best of Me" were also played throughout the episode. Click HERE to watch the full episode on MTV.com!
Check out a very special review of The Mary Dream's new record This Kind of Life by Bryon Turcotte at JustPressPlay.com!
Check out an in-depth interview with Elise Bellew about the new record and about making music in general by Bruce Moore at PureGrainAudio.com!
On November 23rd, The Mary Dream's new record This Kind of Life was released!!!
This Kind of Life showcases a wider range for The Mary Dream with songs that pop, rock and chill, all the while expanding on their signature vibey sound. This Kind of Life was mixed by 5-time grammy winner F. Reid Shippen (Matt Kearney, India Arie, etc) and mastered by the legendary Greg Calbi (John Mayer, Norah Jones, etc). Guest musicians include Justin Cary (Sixpence None The Richer), Steve Bowman (Counting Crows, Luce), Steve Brewster (Jewel, Faith Hill), Mark Hill (Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood), and David Henry (Butterfly Boucher, Vienna Teng). "Go Deeper" with This Kind of Life!
Great News!!! Mixing of The Mary Dream's new record This Kind of Life has been completed by the amazing Nashville mixer F. Reid Shippen and his equally amazing assistant Buckley Miller!!! Blake & Elise are absolutely thrilled with the mixes!!! The new record is scheduled to be mastered in late October by senior mastering engineer Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in NYC!
On September 21st, The Mary Dream's song "Beautiful World" was used in The Gratitude Challenge video sponsored by Tiny Prints! Tiny Prints is a progressive greeting card company that is sponsoring a 21-day gratitude challenge. They have invited everyone to participate, including some well-known bloggers. The video is beautiful and Elise & Blake are very honored to have their song used for such a worthy cause! Click HERE to watch the video on YouTube!
The Mary Dream are excited to announce they have finished recording their new record This Kind of Life, and will begin mixing it in July with 5-time grammy award winning mixer F. Reid Shippen. Reid has worked with some of The Mary Dream's favorite artists, including A Fine Frenzy, Trespassers William, Flyleaf, Plumb, etc.
On May 21st, The Mary Dream's song Stay was prominently featured on MTV's Real World, Hollywood! The song is played during the scene when Sarah & Ryan say goodbye at the airport. It's a very sweet scene and we just love it! Click HERE to watch the episode at mtv.com!
The Mary Dream's song Liar is featured in the indie film Butterflies In The Wind by Los Angeles filmaker Vic Alexander. The movie premieres at the Ava Gardner Film Festival on September 29th in Smithfield, North Carolina! Thanks Vic for giving us this great opportunity!
On July 11th, The Mary Dream's song Beautiful World was used on MTV's Real World, Vegas Reunited season finale! The song is used towards the end of the show when everybody is hugging each other and saying goodbye!
In August, songs from Beautiful World were added to the Vox FM playlist (New South Wales, Australia) for the Breakfast with Rob Lang Show! A big thanks to Rob!!!
In May, the songs Beautiful World & Liar were added to the KWSS (Pheonix, AZ) playlist. KWSS is a great modern rock station! Thank you Shon White & Xavier Castillo for making this possible!
On June 2nd, the song Liar was 1 of 5 songs featured on the Fame Games Radio Show (Marbella, Spain). Fame Games features indie artists from around the world and broadcasts to over one million listeners in the South of Spain. A big thanks to DJ Laura Krier for this wonderful opportunity!
On March 7th, The Mary Dream's song Both Sides was used on MTV's Real World, Denver in a scene with Brooke & PJ rig ht before the first commercial break!
On March 20th, The Mary Dream's song Beautiful World was used on Oxygen's The Bad Girls Club in the scene where Kerry & Deann go shopping after Kerry's meeting with manager Doc McGee!
On April 1st, The Mary Dream was announced as the 2nd Place Winners of UBL.com's Ultimate Band Contest! The contest began in late 2005 with thousands of bands competing from around the world! Elise & Blake are very honored & excited, and have won recording equipment that will help them finish their new record! Thanks to all our wonderful fans for voting for us all along!!!
On January 10th, The Mary Dream was announced as 1 of 10 finalists in UBL.com's Ultimate Band Contest! The 10 finalists were chosen out of 120 bands based on fan votes alone! Elise & Blake are deeply moved by the overwhelming support they have received from their fans!!!
In radio, three songs from the Beautiful World CD were added to the KCST playlist (Florence, Oregon)! On January 2nd, the entire Beautiful World CD was played on Reunion Radio (Mexico City/San Diego) and Elise got to do an on-air interview! Also in January, the Beautiful World CD became available at Awarestore.com!
On November 22nd, The Mary Dream's song More was prominently featured on MTV's Real World, Denver season premiere! The song was played about half way through the hour-long episode during the scene where Colie & Alex "hook up" for the first time! Elise & Blake are super excited! (To watch this episode now on MTV.com click HERE - the scene starts at 06:45 if you just want to watch the scene!)
Also, on October 12th, The Mary Dream's song Where We Are was used on MTV's Real World/Road Rules Challenge season premiere! The song was used in a scene where the girls talk about each other after the mud pit swimming challenge!
On October 15th, The Mary Dream was the featured indie artist from the U.S. on Germany's largest commercial radio station bigFM! First there was a brief artist profile about The Mary Dream in both English & German, and then they played the song Beautiful World. A HUGE thanks to Eleanor Academia from the L.A. Music Pipeline for this incredible opportunity!
On October 30th, The Mary Dream was announced as 1 of 120 semi-finalists in UBL.com's Ultimate Band Contest! The semi-finalists were chosen from thousands of bands from around the world based on UBL radio chart activity. Elise & Blake are amazed by the overwhelming support they are receiving from their wonderful fans who have been voting every day!
In August, Elise was asked to be in a music photography book featuring female artists called Different Stars. Elise is blown away by this opportunity as the book will feature artists that Elise deeply admires. The book is the creation of an incredible music photographer Dina Douglass. Interviews with each artist will be conducted by Pollstar Magazine. So far the book includes photographs of Jonatha Brooke, Lisa Germano, Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses), Karen Peris (Innocence Mission), Kim Shattuck (The Muffs), Debora Iyall (Romeo Void), Laura Veirs, Sara Lov (Devics), Kathy Fisher (Fisher), Janet Klein, Cindy Lee Berryhill, and Anna-Lynne Williams (Trespassers William).
In radio, the Beautiful World CD was added to Dave Leonatti's Nightsounds playlist (WUIS Springfield IL), and the song Both Sides was added to Mark Watkins Music Show on Blast1386 (Berkshire, England). An on-air interview with Elise is set for early 2007. Also, The Mary Dream was added to the Cineversity Television roster of artists based in Groningen, Netherlands. CTV has a very unique artistic vision and features independent artists from around the world! Thanks Pi-Qui Baltink & Simon van Weelden for this wonderful opportunity!
The Mary Dream is featured in the July issue of Performing Songwriter magazine as one of the top 12 DIY pics! Much thanks to Mare Wakefield for the awesome review! (see PRESS page). Since March, Beautiful World has been added to approximately 200 college & indie radio stations throughout the U.S. and Canada (see RADIO page). Also in June, Blake & Elise recorded drums tracks for two more songs for their upcoming CD with favorite session drummer Steve Brewster. Todd Robbins engineered the session and dialed in some very cool drum sounds!
In March, The Mary Dream's Beautiful World CD was added to numerous college radio stations across the country, already reaching #11 on KKSM's (San Marcos CA) top 30 CMJ chart! Beautiful World was also a top 5 CMJ add for KRSC (Claremore OK), Lasell College (Newton MA), WCSR (Milwaukee, WI), and WNSU (Fort Lauderdale FL)!
For the week of February 20th, The Mary Dream's song "Beautiful World" was featured on Nashville's progressive radio station Lightning 100 (WRLT) on the featured local artist spotlight! Blake & Elise had so much fun driving around Nashville and hearing themselves on the radio!
On March 18th, The Mary Dream was a featured band at The Wilder Side of Nashville showcase, sponsored by ASCAP. The Mary Dream played a 5-song set, but especially enjoyed performing their new songs This Kind of Life & Deeper. Both songs will be on the new CD. Joining Blake & Elise on stage were Zach Gray on acoustic guitar, Gary Lunn on bass, and Garth Justice on drums.
January has been a great month for The Mary Dream! On January 3rd, The Mary Dream's song "How You Love Me" was prominently featured on ABC's All My Children during the final New Year's Eve episode! The scene far exceeded Blake & Elise's expectations! There was no dialog, and the main characters (Kendall & Zack) released silver balloons into the night sky with positive thoughts attached to them for the world! Click HERE to watch a video clip of the scene on YouTube!
Favorable reviews of The Mary Dream's CD Beautiful World have been trickling in all month long, and Elise was even interviewed by the Nashville City Paper! Go to our PRESS page to see more.
On January 21st, The Mary Dream was a featured band at The Wilder Side of Nashville showcase, sponsored by ASCAP. It was another greatshow at 12th & Porter, and The Mary Dream debuted two new songs! Joining Blake & Elise on stage were Zach Gray on acoustic guitar, Branden Taulbee on bass, and Garth Justice on drums.
The Mary Dream's songs Beautiful World & All My Life were added to Long Island University's WCWP playlist. DJ Chris MacIntosh has been doing the show for 23 years, and has been featuring The Mary Dream's songs in a set with Sufjan Stevens! What an honor!
The Mary Dream song "How You Love Me" from the Beautiful World CD will be featured on ABC's All My Children on January 3rd! Blake & Elise are very excited! B&E have also been recording pre-production demos of their new songs for their upcoming CD!
On November 11th, The Mary Dream played live at The Wilder Side of Nashville showcase sponsored by ASCAP at 12th & Porter! The show went great with the help of Garth Justice on drums, Branden Taulbee on bass, and Zach Gray on acoustic guitar. Pro music photographer Gregg Roth shot the gig, so stay tuned for pics! Also in November, the Beautiful World CD became available at iTunes, TowerRecords.com & BestBuy.com!
Blake & Elise officially released their Beautiful World CD! This is B&E's first full-length independent release on their very own label SuperUniverse Records! Beautiful World is available on The Mary Dream website & at CD Baby. Nashville producer Matt Wilder has invited The Mary Dream to perform live at his industry showcase series The Wilder Side of Nashville, sponsored by ASCAP. B&E are currently working on the line-up for the first showcase coming up in the fall!
Blake & Elise are getting ready to record a whole new batch of songs they've written since moving to Nashville almost a year ago. B&E just signed 8 more songs with two independent TV publishers and are hoping for some TV placements in the fall. With the Beautiful World CD almost ready for release, B&E are also getting ready to perform live in Nashville! Keep an eye out for dates!
April was an exciting month for The Mary Dream! Blake & Elise finished recording tracks for their first full-length CD Beautiful World. Then they had the extreme privilege of mixing it at Charlie Peacock's Art House studio in Nashville with engineer/producer Richie Biggs (Switchfoot, Out of the Gray, Nicole Nordman, Sam Ashworth). Richie did a fabulous job mixing the 11-song CD. Everyone had a great time and Blake & Elise got to meet Charlie and the wonderful staff at the Art House! Also in April, B&E signed songs with two independent TV publishers!
B&E liked the drum tracks so much from their November session that they went back for more and decided to turn the Beautiful World EP into a full length CD, recording drum tracks for 8 more songs with the same excellent team they worked with in November (Steve Brewster & Richie Biggs). B&E have also been busy taking their home studio to the next level by trying out various pre-amps, compressors and microphones.
In early November, Blake & Elise worked with one of Nashville's top session drummers Steve Brewster (Jewel, Faith Hill) on 3 new songs for their upcoming Beautiful World EP. The session was deeply satisfying musically and showed B&E why they moved to Nashville! The drum session was engineered by Richie Biggs who dialed in the perfect drum sound!
Blake & Elise moved to Nashville! They've already got an exciting recording project lined up for the fall, which will be recorded & produced by an artist they have long-admired.
Blake & Elise began recording their fourth demo/ep Beautiful World in their home studio. Also, B&E took a trip to Nashville. They had a great time and got to meet with some very interesting people.
Blake & Elise completed their third demo/ep Stay in their home studio. B&E are planning a trip to Nashville in mid-July and hopefully a move soon after to take advantage of the many music resources.
Blake & Elise completed their second 5-song demo/ep More in their home studio - recently upgrading from their long-time Roland VS880 to a modest ProTools system - growing not only as songwriters and musicians, but also in their engineering & production capabilities as well.
Blake & Elise completed their first 5-song demo/ep As I Am at Morrisound Recording in Tampa, Florida. Tom Morris engineered the project and was not only a great pleasure to work with, but a great teacher as well. Guest musician Mark Prator added an edgey groove on drums.
Blake & Elise completed a 5-song pre-production demo entitled The Mary Dream in their home studio to give to potential drummers & engineers. These 5 songs were later re-recorded in 2003 with live drums and became the demo/ep As I Am.