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Marita Brake: News

I Won Christyfest Poetry Contest! - March 13, 2008

I am so honored to announce that my poem "Hattie's Christmas Ballad" was chosen as the winning poem in the annual Christyfest Fiction and Poetry Contest for this year. Thanks goes out to all who voted for me and to the hardworking Christyfest Team. Christyfest, is held every year in the Great Smokey Mountains, in honor of the book, Christy which was also a television series. My poem was based on the character, Hattie, played by Judy Collins. She was a blind mountain singer and songcatcher in the series. I imagined Hattie retelling the Christmas story in the old, mountain way. Anyone know Judy Collin's e-mail? I'd love to share it with her. If you would like to read the poem go to: http://coveguest.bravehost.com/08main.html

Road Trip Nation - January 21, 2008

What timing! I found out only a few days ago that Road Trip Nation had chosen my music to highlight an interview with Rev. Samuel Kyles, the last person to be with Dr. Martin Luther King. You can view it on MSN now or wait for PBS to air it in your region. Today being the day Dr. King's birthday is officially celebrated made it doubly meaningful. This is the second piece of music that Road Trip Nation has used of mine, the other being in episode #9 during the interview with the man who invented the game, Cranium. Hats off to RTN!!!

Ignited Passion! Miss Iowa - January 16, 2008

That's the best way to describe it! Today I was a guest at the 2008 Ignite Your Passion VIP Camapign for Easter Seals. As many of you know, myself and Gretchen Meyer have been collaborating for the past 6 years, writing songs that define the message that Easter Seals inspires. Our sixth song, "I Wish You Love" was featured during a very moving video and the best part........ I got to meet and talk with Abbey Curran, Miss Iowa USA 2008. Abbey is the first person with special needs to make it into a national pageant. She gave an awe inspiring speech about competing with her disability (Cerebral Palsy) and her life's journey. One thing that stayed with me, besides her obvious ability to challenge the status quo, was one of the thoughts she left us with, "don't miss the point of your life." Thank you Abbey. April 11 Abbey will compete in Las Vegas on NBC for the title of Miss USA. Abbey is also slated for an appearance in People magazine.

One Vibration Radio! - December 12, 2007

More airplay!!! Tune into:
www.onevibrationradio.
com
www.pianoworld.com www.ncradio.us ncradio has had my music in rotation on their New Music Program and also features me on their Dreamtime program which runs 8pm to 3am nightly.

Official Artist RTN - December 12, 2007

Today I received news that I am now one of the official indie artists whose music has been chosen for the Fall series of Road Trip Nation on PBS. Yes!!!!!!! I love that show! My music is featured for a looooooong time during episode #9 (Fall 2007) They used "Gypsymoon" from the CD of the same title and it is featured while they interview the man that invented the game, Cranium...really interesting! On my PBS affiliates it airs at Sat./Sun 11pm CST.Check it out.For more info go to: www.roadtripnation.com/

Folk Alliance Midwest - September 5, 2007

FARM stands for Folk Alliance Midwest Region and they are about to have their forthcoming showcase and conference Sept. 28-30th at Techny Towers, Northfield, Illinois. I am one of the showcase artists this year and for the first time it will be open to the general public. My showcase time is: 3pm Sat. Sept. 29th. If you are in the area I hope you will join us. For more information go to:www.farmfolk.org

Horror of Horrors! - August 18, 2007

This is a first! I made it on to The Cabinet.com Blog,
which seems to be dedicated to all things dark and spooky.
Me? Precious little Marita!
I guess we all have a dark side! In this case it concerns a song from my second CD, GypsyMoon, "Poor Babes in the Wood", which is, I suppose a bit on the dark side. The site gives me kudos for keeping the integrity of the song true to its original story from the 15th century.
Thanks goes out to The Cabinet and all its readers.
Check it out......if you dare! Issue 8/9/07

10MPH Now at Blockbuster - May 15, 2007

You've been hearing a lot from me lately about the film, 10MPH, since some of my music is featured in it.
Now you can purchase the film yourself!!! It is available
at Blockbuster and Netflix.
You may view the trailer at:
http://www.myspace.com/10mphthemovie

Sing Out! - April 14, 2007

Sing Out, one of the most revered magazines in the traditional music genre, published a very small
(you might need a magnifying glass) on the release of The Celtic Rose.
It is in their Spring 2007 issue.
Small though it may be, a great appreciation goes out to them and their publication.
Available at Borders Bookstores or by subscription.

Podcast Potpourri - April 12, 2007

Several Podcasts are either now or have in their archives, featured Marita's music. A few to check out would be:
www.celticmusicpodcast.com/2006_2007, www.bellobard.com. www.mefeeda.com, www.odeo.com/channel/6585, celtic mp3s, Podcast #22 at www.livejournal.com

I Wish You Love published! - January 21, 2007

A new year and a new effort by Marita and her collaborator, Gretchen Meyer, "I Wish You Love"
was just picked up by Brandon Hills Music Publishing.

The Sounds of Christmas - December 3, 2006

December 16th, Marita will be performing at State Farm Insurance's Corporate Headquarters (Bloomington, Illinois) in "The Sounds Of Christmas". An extravaganza of orchestras
classic Christmas carols and pop favorites.
The tickets are free but available by lottery only.
Contact: The Music Shoppe
309-452-7436 for more details.

Untamed Heart - October 29, 2006

Marita has just released a new book of poetry, Untamed Heart, on BodyPlanet Press. No distribution deal yet, but you'll be the first to know when and where you will be able to purchase a copy.

Not the Taj Mahal! - October 29, 2006

She hasn't played the Taj Mahal yet or even with Taj Mahal but she has done some pretty high profile gigs including, a showcase at Carnegie Hall, two presidential Inaugurals, The Crystal Cathedral, Canterbury Music Festival in Canterbury, England and BBC Radio. She's dedicated Native Prairies, played the same coffeehouse Bob Dylan got his feet wet at in Minneapolis, The Coffeehouse Extempore and even perfomed at a Hobo Convention in Iowa!
And it doesn't end there.

Marita's Who's Who Trivia - October 28, 2006

Some of the more notable performers that Marita has performed with include
Allison Krauss (she even studied guitar with former Union Station guitarist, John Pinnel) John Hartford
(the late, great fiddle player and riverboat captain) Bela Fleck, Suzy Bogguss, the legendary Ernest Tubbs (I'm Walking The Floor Over You), the award winning author/radio host, Studs Terkel and actress Ann Jillian, just to name a few. Who will be next? Stay tuned.

Five Free Downloads - October 25, 2006

New to this site, five free downloads of Marita's music are available to you.
Just press the music button, there are downloads from each of her three CDs.
See if you can find them.

Now That's Press Coverage! - October 20, 2006

In the past year Marita has been featured in numerous magazines, ezines, newspapers and web sites.
Among them, the UK's Kindred Spirit (she received more stars than Enya in their review), a glowing review in both New Age Reporter.com and at Celtic mp3.com, Rennaisance Magazine, Moonshadows Magazine and Gothic Beauty Magazine. She was even reviewed in Poland's Recenzie, New Classics-UK, Illinois Times and various wire services! The diversity in coverage reflects the global music community's accepting Marita as a true artist in her own right. Did we forget to mention Australia?

Marita's Music Featured in Film - October 13, 2006

Marita's latest:
The film 10 MPH features one cut from The Celtic Rose, Marita's newest release. Track One, The Celtic Spirit, will be part of the film's soundtrack.
Of course you can give a listen at www.cd.baby.com.
In other news, this is Marita's new and official website. maritabrake.com is no longer in use.

Marita Wins Addy Award - April 21, 2005

Marita along with co-writers, Gretchen Meyer and Erik Nelson won an American Advertising Federation Award for a song they co-wrote, "Patent Leather Shoes" for Easter Seals of Greater Peoria.
Previously Marita has been nominated for "A Distinguished Alumni Award" from Illinois State University and was a recipient of the YWCA's "Woman of Distinction Award" in the arts.
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