Back to her roots
Cara Marie mixes local ties and southern life
When Cara Marie last performed in Pennsylvania six years ago, she was a different person. Now, with a new spiritual meaning to her music, she’s returning from living in Texas and Arizona to play some of her latest material in this area.
“I’m really looking forward to reconnecting with the area again,” Marie said. (Many in the area may remember her as Cara from Cara’s Mosaic). “Being the new person that I am and seeing it from a new perspective and getting to reconnect with all the things that I love about it — it’s such a big part of my heart.”
Marie will perform at Anna Maria’s restaurant in Dunmore on Friday, July 27 from 7 to 10 p.m.
“I wanted to be in an environment that caters to more of the family element,” said Marie, who has two young children. “And I love good food, good company and good music.”
Marie recently recorded her first acoustic album at Willie Nelson’s recording studio in Texas. The album, titled Cara Marie Unplugged, is available on iTunes. It includes seven original songs, some of which Marie will play at her upcoming show.
In addition to new songs, Marie plans to bring a new sense of energy in her music. “My music has really evolved in a way I haven’t showed people in the area before,” she said.
Marie, who also works as an integrative energy practitioner, has merged the healing work she does with her creative outlet — music.
“Even if I’m singing a blues song, I can still be lifting people up. My main intention and my main goal is to lift people up and have them walk away from a performance better than before they were there,” Marie said.
Marie described her music as broad, ranging from blues and country to pop.
Though she’s excited to bring her new music back to this area, it’s also difficult for her to be back. She has deep roots in the east coast, having been born in New York. She moved to Pennsylvania, went to school at Marywood University and met “wonderful people” along the way, and it’s bittersweet to see some of these friends again.
“The longer I’m here, the more I realize how much I missed the east coast, and all the wonderful things about it and all the people who mean so much to me,” she said.
— kirstin cook
Cara Marie will perform on July 27 at Anna Maria’s in Dunmore from 7 to 10 p.m. There is no cover charge.