Mari Mack is a singer based in the San Francisco Bay Area by way of Lodi, NJ. Her birth name is "Tamburo," which means drum -- music is in her blood. Mari tries not to limit her creative endeavors with labels, but those that come closest to describing her sound are "retro" or "soul." Mari started singing as a toddler, indoctrinated with love for jazz and big band by her father; blues, rock, rhythm and blues from her older siblings. Before the age of 18, she was paying her dues, singing in clubs all over the NY area.
After a post-gig auto accident that totaled her car but left her without a scratch, she thanked her lucky stars and took it as a sign to make a change in her lifestyle. "I fell asleep at the wheel. I was lonely, my family was fractured and my mom lived out in San Francisco, so I packed my bags and headed out west. I figured that I would just stay there for a few weeks and then head down to LA..."
She's been in Northern California ever since, continuing to pay her dues, singing soul and blues in North Beach and all around the Bay Area - interspersed with day jobs to make ends meet and schooling to hone her craft.
All attempts to "get out of the music business" have failed, but Mari always succeeds in moving people and making new fans.
As good as her voice sounds in recorded form, you really don't get the full effect until you see her work her magic on stage.
Whatever she sings comes from her heart or not at all, and is usually steeped in deep blues, tapped from personal experience. Her voice is a force with which to be reckoned, and live shows are an intense experience.