Singing along with him to Simon & Garfunkel on car journeys, Mary Eckert recalls her late Father being a huge influence on her love of music from an early age. He even took a piano course in the hope of passing on those skills to her … One of 6 children, Mary has bucked the trend – her siblings have pursued career paths in property, business and finance but Mary has always had stories to tell – for the young singer songwriter from London it has always been about writing songs. At one point, she was writing a song a day – not because she’d set herself a task – it simply came naturally. She has Danish blood and there’s a viking spirit here, a battle-hardened maturity beyond her 20 years. In her writing she explores love, life and everything in-between.
Currently studying at Leeds Conservatoire, she has found the perfect environment to develop her art. Mary Eckert is a delicate and expressive pianist but it is in her soaring melismatic vocals and melodies, redolent of Joni Mitchell and when she truly takes flight there are also nods to Norah Jones and Fiona Apple.
Mary’s last single, I Feel At Home (IFAH) – was a paean of praise to a lover, to a relationship, even a moment in time between the two. The song has clocked up over 100k streams on Spotify. Black Dress is her third release … of which Mary writes:
‘Black dress was written after a walk through Leeds on a cloudy Sunday and I had a sudden urge to go dress shopping and Top shop caught my eye. I ended up finding a black dress and decided to try it on. It looked amazing and I wanted to buy it but couldn’t justify it. 16 year old Mary would’ve adored this dress and found a sense of self in it. I felt so far away from who I used to be and in that moment it was like I’d split in two. Maybe if I’d gone off to study something like property or business (who knows what!) 20 year old me would’ve worn this dress and it would’ve been unequivocally me. At this point in time I still felt very unsure about being a musician so I almost felt a longing for that part of myself that disappeared when I chose a more creative life path. A big part of my identity at that point then and now is within my style … bright lairy colours and clashing patterns. So in the moment of knowing I could never own this black dress I started mourning it and my past self. However, its not all gloomy and melancholic I found a sense of self during this experience and the realisation I’d grown up and evolved. It’s like a goodbye song for the dress “Oh Black Dress I could’ve known you well” ‘