Hillary Rollins Presents Singer MaryJo Mundy in
“The Fourteenth Confession: The Songs of Laura Nyro” CD Release party
(… Laura’s songs plus a few by songwriters influenced by her!)
on Friday, June 14th @9pm
@ The Gardenia Supper Club
7066 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Dinner at 7pm / Show at 9pm
Tickets are @25.00 (includes CD.)
RSVP at 1-323-467-7444
Singer MaryJo Mundy, a popular performer in the Hollywood and Los Angeles areas, is thrilled to be
releasing her newest recording project, "The Fourteenth Confession: The Songs of Laura Nyro" for a
One night Only performance as the CD is released worldwide.
Appearing with MaryJo are her longtime band members, Ross Kalling - Piano, Tony Mandracchia -
Guitar, Jonathan Richards - Bass, John Gannon - Cajon Drum with Alexis Fae Gach & Andrea Ross
Greene - Backup Vocals.
Song selection for this evening, not confirmed yet, but may include: “Eli’s Comin,” “Wedding Bell Blues,”
“I Never Meant to Hurt You,” “Money,” “ Stone Soul Picnic/And When I Die” (With Girls), “Love Having
You Around” by Stevie Wonder, and "Discontinued” by Julie Gold.
MaryJo Mundy is a powerhouse singer with amazing depth and range. This range is on full display on her
debut CD "Halfway To Heaven' where she sings both standards and pop songs and on her this upcoming
new recording, “The Fourteenth Confession - The Songs of Laura Nyro.”
MaryJo Bio: She started her career in Chicago where she also was part of the girl group “The Blondes”
with Sarah Motes-Ashley and Margaret Dill. Singing in rooms like the Gentry in Chicago is where her love
of the American songbook began.
One of her most thrilling moments after moving to LA, was getting to sing with Barbra Streisand in her
“Timeless” concerts at the Staples Center in Los Angeles after being called “Streisand’s protégé” by Mr.
Blackwell in an article he wrote in 2004.
A captivating talent, MaryJo Mundy's honesty, backed up by a Broadway level belt, has brought multiple
audiences to tears. And when a song needs to be delivered quiet, that's when you see something you
never expected, with great subtlety. As such she was invited to appear on Lee Lessack's CD "In Good
Company" with the likes of Ann Hampton Callaway. On it she sings the deeply moving "Never Saw
Blue Like That” which inspired fans to travel across the country to hear her sing live. She also appears on
Christine Lavin’s “One Meatball,” with a tribute to one of her dear friends Rick Starr and on "Christine
Lavin & Friends,” where she sings Amanda McBroom and Michele Brourman’s “Breathing" and also a
song by Daniel Cainer, "I Do Not Want A Baby.”
She has given her heart and soul to the Los Angeles community by creating the longest running night for singers
at the Gardenia Supper club (19 years and counting), this little diva continues to amaze and delight her audience
with every performance.
Musical Directors MaryJo has worked with are some of the finest in the business. In
Chicago, Dan Stetzel, Becky Menzie and Chuck Larkin and in Los Angeles, Ross Kalling, Todd Schroeder,
John Boswell, Tamir Hendelman, David Snyder and the late Ron Snyder.
Hearing MaryJo put her stamp on these Nyro classics is thrilling and it’s just as exciting for me, longtime
Nyrotic that I am, when she ventures deeper into Nyro’s catalogue, finding gold in the driving “Money,” (a
song about Nyro’s abhorrence of the business of music trumping its art), the sultry “The Confession”
(paired with a welcome cover of “High Heeled Sneakers”), more playfulness in “The Cat Song,” and down
in the depths with the emotionally searing, “You Don’t Love Me When I Cry.”
From the liner notes by Richard Knight.
“What a memorable show! The CD - what a treasure, like the gal herself!" -
"MaryJo Mundy is a force of nature —a powerful singer with the ability to convey emotions warm and
cuddly or deep and desperate, putting all her energy into each song and making each a completely
personal statement" -
Elliot Zwiebach / Cabaret Scenes
Sexy Mama: Live at the Gardenia: https://youtu.be/pvgRPQnaSb0
The CD "The Fourteenth Confession: The Songs of Laura Nyro" is available from the Blujazz/Pop
Label, and will be available across the world on www.MaryJoMundyMusic.com, CDBaby, iTunes.com,
Amazon.com, and other steaming outlets.
A Note from MaryJo on Nyro: I originally did this show – then titled “Nearly Nyro” – on April 8th, 2016, the nineteenth anniversary of her passing, at the request of my friend Jim Green, who told me one night after hearing me sing that I must sing Laura Nyro. I wasn’t sure why, because our voices and styles are not that similar, but it sparked a musical journey for which I will be forever grateful.
Singing Laura’s music was such a new sensation for me because it was nothing like anything I’d sung before. It made me a different performer, to be honest. I felt so free, sensual and full of joy. I felt I understood her music and lyrics on a whole new level and I know why her fans are called “Nyrotics” – I am now a lifelong member of that club!