Mary Cross…dubbed the Mother of Cool Smoke for her rich vocal tonalities that are reminiscent of the late Phyllis Linda Hyman.
Described in a Frontrunner article as “the kind of singer who takes hold of a song and enraptures her audience in the palm of her hands, as she delivers lyrics, phrases, melodies and harmonies in a way that only she can”.
Blessed with an instantly identifiable honey-toned mezzo-contralto sound with great range and an undeniably brilliant and magnetic stage presence, Mary’s alluring vocals, candor, honesty, humor and purity as an artist make her a rarity in this business.
Having performed before SOLD OUT audiences throughout the country, sharing the stage with the great Gerald Veasley, collaborations with Philadelphia’s own Grammy Nominated producer Donald Robinson on original compilations – her recent release featured Saxophonist Carl Cox (who travels with Maysa). Mary is humbled to be in the presence of such renowned artists.
Mary Cross has graced many stages: Berks Jazz Fest, Willingboro Jazz Fests, South Jazz Kitchen, Kelsey’s Premiere Supper Club and many more…
It is no wonder she was the recipient of many awards including the 2021 Creative Media Black History award for her work with non profits including universities, healthcare, mental health, youth and senior centers facilities.
She was also a 2021 Soultracks nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year for her 3rd release titled “PROMISE” …a 2021 Soultracks Top 100 Soul single.
As an independent artist, Mary has released 3 singles, IN LOVE THERE’S A RISK, YOU CAN CHANGE IT, and PROMISE, the latter two co-written with Donald Robinson.
Mary is working on her first album scheduled for release in Fall 2022.
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