A friend once asked me whether I preferred phone calls or emails – in other words, whether I preferred the extra effort that a more personal contact requires. Without hesitation, I replied ...
“I work best live.” And the truth of that reply resonates throughout everything I do.
I work best live … when I'm performing for a live audience, when I can sing out across a space and bridge the distance with a song.
I've performed in international conferences and pre-schools, festivals and fundraisers, birthday parties and weddings, street demonstrations and sacred spaces. My career has led me to record with gospel choir Sweet Honey in the Rock, headline in Japan, share songs with orphans in Berlin, and sing for peace in Israel, Palestine, in front of the White House, and across the United States …
… and I'm not done yet. I'd love to bring great music and energy to your next event. For a sneak peek of what I offer, take a listen and experience it for yourself. Fans describe my style of music as “healing political pop” and “folk with new life.” If you're looking for music with a message of peace and strength, you've come to the right place.
Mary Shapiro has a powerful gift to transform any gathering into something sacred –
blending songs of peace with joy and laughter to give you the taste that 'another world is possible'.
---Jean Stoken, policy director for Pax Christi USA
I work best live … when I'm giving guitar lessons, helping my students bring their instrument to life. When I can put my M.A. in education to good use, teaching and empowering my guitar students to play the songs they want to play … and my guitar students agree, it doesn't get much better than that. If you've ever dreamed of playing your favorite songs or performing at an open mic or benefit concert, let's be in touch. I'd love to help you do what makes your heart sing.
Mary Shapiro inspires, touches, and beckons us to join in the song!
---Carrie Newcomer, Grammy Award winner, Rounder recording artist
I work best live … when I'm connecting with the community. As an after-school arts instructor and full time ambassador for peace, I'm known throughout the DC area for my performances. Why the reputation? Come and see for yourself! Since 2002, I've acted as producer and director for the Sounds of Hope benefit concerts at the Potter's House in Washington, DC.
In this capacity, I've helped an array of musicians and charities to entertain, educate, and inspire audiences, producing more than 300 shows to date. To explore my recordings, visit the Shop to listen to free samples, read lyrics, and purchase songs as well.
Every time I listen to Mary I am astounded by how much of herself her songs manage to carry.
When a song is finished, I am happy to say that our souls have truly shared a moment.
---Tom Goss, singer/songwriter, recording artist
A Bit More About Me
My full name is Mary Kathryn Anne Shapiro. The name is a blend of my Catholic and Jewish heritage, and that blend of traditions is a metaphor for my style of music – I integrate influences from many artists, spanning genres from gospel and folk to rock and soul. By bringing together different styles to create unique songs, I live the legacy of my family and express my faith.
What do I believe? If I had to categorize my faith, I'd say I'm a “Christian Jewish Mystic Pluralist”, but the lyrics to my original song, “Family” say it best. The lyrics express what I hold closest to my heart: that we are all family, bound by a love that defies categorization and overcomes differences.
In the soil of South Dakota they both raised children, dreams, and plans
Then in the Cathedral's basement Grandma and Grandpa knelt
An Irish Catholic with a Russian Jew proclaimed One love and Love was felt (because)...
We are family
We are family … and with that in mind, let's be in touch.
Peace through music,