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Marita Brake: News

Celtic Music on WOS - March 6, 2011

Women of Substance Radio ( is featuring my music on their Celtic Radio Show. A special throughout March. Airs Wed. Sat and Sun. at 12-2pm PT, 3-5pm ET. It's a great station with all kinds of indie as well as mainstream musicians. I am proud to be a part of this wonderful station.

New song "St. Valentine" - January 29, 2011

See Music page for a new song just uploaded, "St. Valentine". I wrote this song for my friend, Debbie, who was being a little "love challenged" at the time. This is the first time I am sharing this song publicly. I heart Valentine's Day!

Every Child - January 22, 2011

This is the newest song, co-written with Gretchen Meyer for Easter Seals.

This is our ninth consecutive year to be sharing our music with such a worthy organization. The video is featured on youtube. Go to:





Wow! 1700+ hits on youtube! - January 2, 2011

"Is It Too Late To Be Good Santa?" has had quite a Christmas season! With far flung listeners from Egypt to Namibia, New Zealand to Russia. It was featured on Public Radio International and on too numerous to count, Jazz stations. Kari Gaffney was my promoter, from Kari-On Productions and did a super job. Made it to the jazz charts, got picked up for a Christmas compilation next year and hopefully by other artists within this next year.

Thanks to everyone making this song and youtube video a hit!

New Youtube video - November 22, 2010

OhWow!!! Dear friends, check it out at

Kari Gaffney at Kari-On Productions has done a wonderful, hilarious, fun, exciting video of my song, "Is It Too Late To Be Good Santa?"

Check it out.

Is It Too Late To Be Good Santa? - October 26, 2010

A New release: Is It Too Late To Be Good Santa?

Marita's latest digital release (CD Baby) is a sexy, siren song to Santa. Brake's retro swing, 60's Big Band styling harks back to tunes like "Santa Baby".  This is a song the rat pack would have loved! Vocals are delivered with a slight of hand innocence that is packed with lighthearted, irrepressible

lyrics.  Platinum Producer, Erik Nelson, helped to make this irreverent romp playfully fun using amusingly placed(almost burlesque) percussion in the midst of a masterfully played horn section. Brake's voice more than rises to the occasion using a deft, slight of hand innocence.

Sure to put a smile on all that holiday stress! Available at CD Baby.


TheatersCool - October 7, 2010

October 18th TheatersCool hosts Girls Night Out and I will be hosting. It's from 8-11pm. An Open mike with several students from the Music Shoppe participating plus a few songs from moi. Hope you can be there!

It's Magic 100.7 - October 6, 2010

Starting Oct. 11th - 25th. Magic 100.7 will be airing my Mission Mart Commercial. I wrote it, did all the vocals and the voice over.

So if you live in our region, check it out.

Signs with Music Dealers - September 29, 2010

 Just back from Billboard Magazine's Music and Advertising Conference in Chicago. It was a chance to meet and greet some of the best advertising, licensing and music supervisors in the business. What a whirlwind of activity. I met people like Gary Calamar who is the music supervisor for True Blood, ad exec, Stump Mahoney and Zac Brown from the Zac Brown Band. Everyone I met was helpful and gracious. But the best part, I signed with Music Dealers, LLC, a music licensing firm. Many thanks to Rob Lindquist in A&R at Music Dealers and Billboard Magazine.

Own A Piece of the Sky - May 24, 2010

I just finished recording a new Delta Airlines Commercial that I'm pretty proud of. It should be accessible on this site in a few days. Other recording news...... just finished a jazz original, Woman in the Moon, at Eclipse Studios and I am set to record my first Christmas song in June. Christmas in June.....Yeah!!!!

Stay tuned for more info........

Marita in Studio Magazine - May 24, 2010

What a wonderful magazine this is. It is available on the web at  The latest issue features a fairly good sized article on me. Amreen Khan (editor)touches upon several projects of mine you may not know about. All in all, I always read it cover to cover.

Manna From Heaven - February 7, 2010

This week has felt like manna from heaven falling everywhere around me! Two HUGE advertising agencies purchased "Country Miles" for use in commercials.

AND Rosemarie Ashley of Positive Music Association did a great review of The Celtic Rose. Part of it will appear on my "reviews" pg.


Go to:




Hear Marita on RAWA Radio - January 24, 2010

Marita is now being played in rotation on Rawa radio (

They play music that is spiritually and socially uplifting. Innisfree from The Celtic Rose is the track they have chosen.

RAWA stands for Renaissance Artists and Writers Association.

Happy Anniv. Sister Cities - October 3, 2009

I've had a long standing relationship with the Sister Cities Program here which includes Vladimir, Russia, Canterbury, England and Bloomington/Normal, Illinois. It is hard to believe that this group has been together before the fall of the Soviet Union. I have performed for many of their events, including performing in Canterbury, England for The Canterbury Festival. None have been more touching then the two events commemorating the 20th Anniversary. Creating peace one person at a time has profound and dramatic results. I have found that we are all basically the same in our hearts. We meet: "Face to face heart to heart dream to dream." From - The Sister City Song Marita Brake

Farethee well, Mary Travers - September 16, 2009

Tonite I am so saddened and wistfully wishing I could step back in time to the first time I heard Mary Travers sing. It was as magical a moment as I will ever recall. This iconic folk performer, one third of Peter, Paul and Mary,
opened a whole new world for me when I was only twelve. She inspired me, motivated me and made me believe in the richness of life. I once met Mary backstage at an outdoor event. She was getting herself together to sing before a very raucous audience that would be a tough crowd for anyone to have to sing for. Yet, even in her nervousness, she took time to remind me that the path in music
has at times, its ups and downs, wrong turns and disappointments, a richness that can't be bought and a soul that can't be sold. Thank you Mary for all of your lovliness. Youwill be sorely missed.

Sonicbids, Yes! - June 23, 2009

I am delighted to announce that I am now affiliated with Sonicbids.
Sonicbids provides performers and promoters a chance to see what each other is doing. An EPK, an electronic press kit,
helps facilitate projects. performances and media related events in a way that no other website on the web even comes close to.
I am excited to be a part of this venture.

Women Of Distinction Awards! - April 24, 2009

This is the 20th anniversary
for the YWCA's Women of Distinction Awards. I have the distinct pleasure to be performing at these awards.
(I won way back in 1996) They celebrate women who have made a significant contribution to our community in all walks of life.
The awards take place May 21st at Illinois State University's Brown Ballroom.
Put on your dress up clothes and come out to hear me sing a song I wrote just for this special event.

Angelic Music UK a Winner! - February 28, 2009

I am honored to announce that Angelic Music's UK competition "In Her Own Words" chose one of my songs as a finalist. They chose "On Me Mother's Grave" from The Celtic Rose CD. It will be featured on a compilation CD to be distributed in the UK and Europe. For more information go to:

Lincoln Picture Postcards - February 13, 2009

Millikin University asked 1300 artists to give their interpretation of Abraham Lincoln with art on a postcard. 60 made it into the show. I entered two into the show and they are in it. It is amazing what people came up with. Mine are #'s 13 and 14.
Abe at Cinco de Mayo and Abe as a beatnik. The site is: Hope you have a chance to go look, it is totally cool.

Farewell Studs Terkel - November 4, 2008

A few days ago, one of America's true living treasures passed on, Studs Terkel! I was honored enough to be one of Studs radio show guests and I will never forget it. Being with this great man and genius thinker was an amazing experience. At that time his Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Good War, had just
been published. He gave me one and inscribed it with: "Here's to peace, grace and beauty - the first we hope for - the second and third you got."
A fond farewell Studs-you will be missed!

Pre-Shrunk!!! - September 24, 2008

October will be bringing new performance opportunities to me. Among them performing for the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Yes, that's right, they are ALL counselors. So if I get a little neurotic, ok....more
neurotic I'll be in good company.

Featured at Winning Writers - September 1, 2008

Wow! I don't know if you are familiar with one of the best writing tools on the net. It is They have featured me on this month's opening page and have my poem "Hattie's Christmas Ballad" winner of Christyfest 2008, in this issue, as well. If you are a writer and love great writing and market news, check them out!

You Tube Video - August 14, 2008

Finally, I have a video on You Tube. Doesn't everybody? Entitled "Miss the Mississippi and You"
(which is the song being sung) there is absolutely gorgeous footage of nature in all it's stunning glory.
This was shot on the Mississippi at various locations. It was originally made for an eco-film.
Either type in my name at You Tube or the name of the song and it should come up.
It is a beautiful tribute to nature.

New Photos on Photo Page - June 15, 2008

Want to see me at one day old? Second grade? My first PR picture? My maternal Grandmother right off the boat?
Go to photos and keep scrolling.
These are some of my personal favorites.

Of Lords and Ladies - March 28, 2008

It will be a great honor for me to perform before the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Canterbury, England during their visit to Bloomington, Illinois this coming week.
Since I have sung in Canterbury, it will be my delight to perform for the new Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress.
Singing in the UK is one of my fondest memories!
Here's to a royal performance!
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