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Marion Halliday, a native Kentuckian now living in Philadelphia PA, is proud purveyor of her own special blend of bluegrass and bourbon-infused, original, women-powered, Americana. While she has been a professional singer for many years, Marion only began focusing on her songwriting in 2016. She released her debut solo album Rings Around Saturn on July 1, 2019 and in its first month, both the album and Marion (as artist) were ranked #3 on the US/International Folk DJ charts. Marion was also had had two songs in the top 10 in her launch month. Even though her debut solo album was released later in the year, it landed in the official listing of top-50 most played albums on Folk radio for 2019 at #41. (All foregoing data compiled by Folk Alliance International).
Marion has great breadth as a songwriter. She has found inspiration, for example, in the history of her new home-town, writing a range of songs that touch on Philly’s rich and varied past. This includes songs about an escaped convict from Eastern State Pen, the forlorn beauty of Laurel Hill Cemetery, the statue to the Lenape in Wissahickon Park, and the revolutionary war memorial at Washington Square, among others. Through her "Philly Songs Project," Marion is available for special programs in schools and organizations around Philly that might wish to have her share with audiences interesting and historical tales through the medium of her beautiful, Philly-oriented original music. Click HERE for more information about the Philly Songs Project.
Marion has also written songs on more universal, contemporary topics such as domestic abuse, gun violence, suicide, and the scourge of heroin and meth addiction ravaging our country. Lastly, Marion’s music also includes amusing reflections on the challenges of relationships, as well as an abiding love of bourbon.
To see the lyrics for Marion's recorded/released music, and a bit more about what inspired each song, click HERE.
Although Marion only began performing her original music in earnest in 2017, she has already garnered several accolades since that time including:
- #3 Album on International/US Folk Radio (FAI July reporting)
- #3 Artist on International/US Folk Radio (FAI July reporting)
- Rings Around Saturn lands on the 'Top Albums for 2019 List' compiled by FAI
- Semi-Formal Showcase at Northeast Regional Folk Alliance
- Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase at Northeast Regional Folk Alliance
- Best of Philly Live Finalist/runner up Folk/Country Category
- "One of the Ones to Watch" by Nashville Songwriters' Association
HERE'S WHAT CRITICS AND DJS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT MARION'S MUSIC . . .
When I first discovered Marion and her music I was blown away by the song-writing and you will be too - Ron Olesko (WFDU 89.1 FM Traditions; Folk Music Notebook)
[I]n her song “Thoughts and Prayers” she tackles the highly emotionally charged issue of the unnecessary loss of life happening in our world, but not by pointing a finger of blame, but by extending her hand in love and understanding, her songs are miraculous, her voice is a new beacon of peace in this troublesome time. - Joe Timmons, July 2019, Indie Pulse Music
This timeless tune [Rings Around Saturn] from Marion Halliday is beautifully sung and beautifully captured.. . It would be very easy to make comparisons to both The Staves and First Aid Kit at this point, but the truth is. . . Marion doesn’t sound like either of them...It’s a delicate and thoughtful piece that showcases a tremendous, characterful vocal - Chris Porter July 2019, Stereo Stickman
Halliday and her band bring together their diverse talents to create an enticing blend of indie, folk, and bluegrass musical styles, with lush vocal harmonies over-top - John Gage (WFPK 91.9 P-Feb 2017)