It takes only a few minutes to recognize that Mara Getz is an artist of unique and seemingly limitless talent. She has amazing versatility and a distinctive musical style that can range from recording studio work to intimate jazz clubs to Broadway stages to the largest European music festivals without missing a beat. A 20-year industry veteran, Getz' successful career has spawned a chart-topping solo album, honors in
national and international music competitions and a loyal legion of fans around the globe.
Getz began her career at five in church where her mother, acting as choir director, nurtured her talent for singing and acting. Mara performed at many family gatherings while growing up and dreamed of making singing her livelihood. Music was her passion and after a few years of performing locally she packed her bags and moved to Los Angeles in 1982. Within no time Getz was headlining in the L.A. club circuit. Her local acclaim brought her to the attention
of talent executives and she soon was appearing on "The Merv Griffin Show", "You Write The Songs" and "Cop Rock". Americans first recognized this farm girl from Baker, Minnesota as a 1985 finalist on TV's "Star Search". Since then she has headlined at clubs across the country and opened for such legendary entertainers as Bill Cosby, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller and George Burns. In 1992 her opening performance for Jay Leno at Caesars Palace received overwhelming critical praise.
Mara's extraordinary vocal talent has been repeatedly recognized internationally by winning song competitions in Finland, Holland, and Egypt. At the Sopot '86 International Festival in Poland she won the Grand Prix, receiving the top three honors of the festival...the first American to have done so in 20 years!
The summer of '86 brought Getz her first theatrical debut at the Matrix Theatre in Amanda McBroom's "Heartbeats". In 1988 the Singer / Actress landed the lead female role in the musical "Mail" written by Michael Rupert and Jerry Colker. Mara co-starred with Michael and played for a smash season in Los Angeles before moving to New York's Broadway stage.
In 1989 Getz was approached by Japan's premier music label - Pony Canyon Records. Mara's debut album "In Your Eyes" was released in Japan and climbed to the top 20 on the international charts. The album's title track bulleted to #3 on the singles chart. This success brought about her second album which Getz co - wrote and co - produced with some of L.A.'s finest. Her sold out tour throughout
Japan was a testimony to the excitement and popularity the albums created.
Mara can also be heard on MCA Records' "George & Ira Gershwin: A Musical Celebration" performing her amazing and powerful rendition of "Embraceable You" and on "Cole Porter: A Musical Toast" paying tribute with "I Get A Kick Out Of You". These CDs were recorded live in concert with the outstanding musical direction of Ron Abel.
Currently Mara resides in Palm Springs, California where for the first time the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention was hosted in March of 2003. It was an honor for her to perform in this show as the Mabel Mercer presentation is widely regarded as the premier cabaret event. In October of the same year Mara traveled to New York for another performance at the "14th Annual Cabaret Convention"
at Town Hall on Friday the 24th.
Mara teamed up with her favorite male singer, Richard Leibell, along with Wayne Abravanel and his quintet for a concert at the Cerritos Center on November 16, 2004 featuring the songs of Harry Warren and Burt Bacharach. The sold - out event played to an enthusiastic crowd. Mara and Richard , noted as "two of the finest singers in the
nation" ( Gary Walker - The Desert Sun ) continue to perform in tandem.
"There is nothing more exciting and fulfilling then singing to an audience", Mara says. "I feel so blessed to be on stage with other artists sharing the gifts we were given. Life is a joyful ride regardless of how many bumps you hit as long as there is music and Spirit of God."