Mary Clare Stroh is a Folk/Acoustic singer-songwriter who grew up in Faribault, MN. Her musical interest begin at age seven on the piano with a few years of private lessons. After lessons were no longer an option, her desire for music increased and she continued playing, learning and even writing compositions on her own.
At age fifteen her father, Justin Stroh, gave her his Washburn guitar from high school and taught her a few chords. She proceeded to teach herself by watching him and hours of youtube videos.
Within the year Mary Clare and her irish twin Catherine Stroh starting writing, covering and performing music together with that Washburn calling themselves “The Stroh Sisters”. They fell in love with harmonizing and bonded deeply over it.
Originally they started singing together when they were in elementary school. They would sing with their father for Mass at various Catholic churches in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Diocese monthly. This would help Mary Clare gain experience with playing in front of large crowds as well as confidence in her voice. She plans to continue to play for Mass monthly for the rest of her life.
As a team, through high school The Stroh Sisters would play at various churches, retreats, conferences, venues, and business parties in their hometown Faribault, MN as well as the Twin Cities Metro.
In 2012 the sisters would be split when Mary Clare chose to serve with NET Ministries for nine months. During her time traveling and using her musical gifts in retreat ministry she would be inspired everyday. Using music as a tool to process her experiences and share them, she would often turn that inspiration to song ending the year with having written 17 “solid” songs including “Ravished by a Glance” and “Can We Dance”.
When finished with NET, she and her sister put their voices together and recorded music they had written while apart during the year. December of 2013 The Stroh Sisters released their demo CD calling it, “A Tale of Love and Loss”.
The sisters were split again in 2013 when Catherine decided to serve with NET. Meanwhile, Mary Clare has pursued a musical career of her own.
Summer of 2012 Mary Clare challenged herself to write a song everyday for forty days. “I learned about pushing myself beyond what I think I can do and expanding my will power to believe in myself.”
At twenty years old Mary Clare moved to Maple Grove to work part time as a Nanny, at Which Wich and work full time as a musician playing for various gigs and retreats in the Twin Cities Metro and the Superior Diocese of WI.
In her home studio she produces a unique folk/old time country sound influenced by Damien Rice, Ingrid Michaelson, and The Civil Wars.
In October 2013 she began her work with producer, J. Constantine to record an EP of 3 original songs calling it “The Winter Session”. After 6 months of hard work it was released April 4th 2014.
Mary Clare has hopes of catching the eye of a record company but Until then she continues to write new music weekly, self record, pray/perform and collaborate with other artists including Fabi Small.
Mary Clare’s personal work can be found on soundcloud.com/mary-clare
Her dream is to tour the states and the UK playing her original music and then continue to write and sell her music to performing artists.
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