Folk on both sides of the ocean: An interview with Mary Kathill

Mary Kathill is a French singer-songwriter with a love of the stage that I’ve recently had the chance to interview. This self-taught guitarist has performed all over France and the United States and has been sharing her beautiful covers of pop, folk and country hits on Youtube. Now she releases her first original song “Friday Be Gone”, a melancholic folk ballad displaying her unique sound and heartfelt songwriting style.

Country Grrrl: Hi Mary! First of all, when did your passion for music started?
Mary Kathill: My passion for music has always been there. I don’t remember it being like « oh from now on music is my passion ». I feel like it’s always been a part of me, at first for fun, and then I realized I really wanted to take it somewhere outside of my bedroom. And it’s still a lot of fun.

CG: You’ve recently released your first original song “Friday Be Gone”, what is the story behind this song?
MK: “Friday Be Gone” is a story about broken promises. I think we’ve all been there when someone who you would do a lot for promise you things and they keep breaking these promises over and over again. In the song, I sing « There’s nothing I can’t tell you, there’s nothing I don’t want to show you » and I think it shows how close you can be to someone whether you see them as just your friend or more than that. So that’s why you don’t want to give up, so you try day after day to make it work because they are part of your life. But eventually, at some point, you realize that you are not part of theirs because of all these broken promises. So, to save yourself, one day, you decide to let go of them for good. And for me, that day was a Friday. (A new original will be out in 2016!!)

CG: What are your biggest inspirations when you write songs?
MK: My inspirations are obviously all kinds of love but mostly broken relationships, and difficult times in life. Anything that didn’t turn the way I thought it would usually ends up as a song.

CG: You’ve been performing a lot in the United States and in France. What was your favorite stage experience?
MK: I actually started performing in front of people in the United States which was such a big deal for me. I have loved every single stage experiences ever since because every time, I feel so lucky to be able to perform in front of a crowd. However, my favorite has to be my performance at Chez Paulette in France where Jimmy Hendrix once played!! I actually was invited to play a few songs by Coféine and Chris Sorrelli and they surprised me by joining me on stage. This was the most fun I ever had. It’s very exciting to share the stage with such talented musicians and bands. I am lucky to be surrounded by wonderful people like them.

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CG: What’s the last album you bought?
MK: Coldplay’s “A Head Full of Dreams”. They are so talented, their music always speaks to me in such a personal way.

CG: What’s on your iPod?
MK: On my iPod? So many different artists! To make it short, there is a lot of Kodaline, Coldplay, The Fray, The Script, Phillip Phillips, Luke Bryan , Blake Shelton, Mika, Mumford and Sons, Of Monsters and Men, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Honorary Title, Seed To Tree, Sheryl Crow, The Wreckers, Sixpence None The Richer, Augustana, Pink, Keane,  James Bay, Taylor Swift, Eminem, Pentatonix, Indochine, Tyler Ward, Alex G, Christmas Songs and it goes on and on and on … I mean there are so many more and of pretty much every genre.

CG: What’s the last song that was stuck in your head?
MK: “Home” by Phillip Phillips

CG: Which song do you wish you wrote?
MK: “Fix You” by Coldplay

CG: Who is your dream duet?
MK: Either Augustana because their music is just so honest. Or Macklemore because it’s so different from my music and somehow it could end up as something great. Maybe haha. Or Mumford and Sons and I don’t think I even need to find a reason for that.

Check out Mary Kathill’s Youtube channel and stay tuned for new original music in 2016!

Photos by Cecile Del Piccolo