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When Hell Freezes Over

Mary Lyn Maiscott

A rousing protest song that calls on all of us to raise our voices high against apathy, xenophobia, and lies—and for activism, compassion, and inclusion. With Joan Chew on violin and Graig Janssen on guitar, harmony vocals, and mixing board.

“When Hell Freezes Over” was recorded by Graig Janssen at Mercy Sound Studios in NYC. The photo of Anne Lilly-Pepper, Allyson Smith, and Mary Lyn Maiscott at the Women’s March on NYC, January 21, 2017, that was used in the cover art was taken by Mustapha Khan.

Mary Lyn Maiscott is a singer-songwriter based in NYC, where she’s played such clubs as Folk City, the Bitter End, CBGB, Sidewalk Cafe, and the Bowery Electric. Her recordings include the CD "Blue Lights" and the EPs "Crucified" and "Tiny Stars," both of which were Vanity Fair Twitter picks, as was the “hauntingly beautiful” single “Alexander/Isabella.” Her vocal style has been compared to some of the prominent singers she's interviewed in her sideline as a music journalist, such as Linda Ronstadt, Sheryl Crow (a fellow Missourian), and Debbie Harry. Ohio radio talk-show host Louie Free has called her song “Blue Lights,” which she wrote about the wartime romance of her parents, “a Christmas classic,” and Mexico City’s Guillermo Henry, who devoted an entire episode of his show “Radio Etiopía” to the CD "Blue Lights," has said that “Mary Lyn has the voice of the very angels.” Her nonfiction and fiction have appeared in Cosmopolitan, The Village Voice, and The Portland Review, among other publications. She's married to Robert Rosen, author of "Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon" and other books.

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Angel Tattooed Ballerina

Mary Lyn Maiscott

The guitar-driven "Angel Tattooed Ballerina" tells the gritty, moving story of a transgender teenage runaway, with vocal and instrumental performances to match.

“Angel Tattooed Ballerina” was inspired by a story in The New Yorker, “Netherland,” by Rachel Aviv, as well as the photograph by Aunia Kahn that appears as the album art, which was designed by C.G. Reeves. The track was recorded at Mercy Sound Studios in NYC by Nick Miller, who arranged the music and played all the instruments. Marty Linz provided stratospheric background vocals in the "angel" interlude.

Mary Lyn Maiscott is a singer-songwriter based in NYC, where she’s played such clubs as Folk City, the Bitter End, CBGB, Sidewalk Cafe, and the National Underground. Her recordings include the CD "Blue Lights" and the EPs "Crucified" and "Tiny Stars," both of which were Vanity Fair Twitter picks, as was the “hauntingly beautiful” single “Alexander/Isabella.” Her vocal style has been compared to some of the prominent singers she's interviewed in her sideline as a music journalist, such as Linda Ronstadt, Sheryl Crow (a fellow Missourian), and Debbie Harry. Ohio radio-talk-show host Louie Free has called her song “Blue Lights,” which she wrote about the wartime romance of her parents, “a Christmas classic,” and Mexico City’s Guillermo Henry, who devoted an entire episode of his show “Radio Etiopía” to the CD "Blue Lights," has said that “Mary Lyn has the voice of the very angels.” Her nonfiction and fiction have appeared in Cosmopolitan, The Village Voice, and The Portland Review, among other publications. She's married to Robert Rosen, author of Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon and other books.

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Tiny Stars

Mary Lyn Maiscott

Ranging from tenderness to grittiness, this singer-songwriter delivers two ballads—one called “hauntingly beautiful” by Vanity Fair—and a rocker with a literary bent and mean guitar!

All tracks were produced by Nick Miller at Mercy Sound Studios in NYC. Nick played or programmed all instruments with these exceptions: Joan Chew on violin for "Alexander/Isabella" and "Tiny Stars"; Graig Janssen on piano for "Tiny Stars." Nick also produced Mary Lyn’s song “Time,” on her EP "Crucified," a Vanity Fair Twitter pick.

The photos and design in the "Tiny Stars" album packaging are by C.G. Reeves.

"Tiny Stars" consists of three tracks: In “Madame Olenska,” the singer speaks to one of the main characters in Edith Wharton’s "The Age of Innocence"—a free-spirited but vulnerable countess who unwittingly disturbs the set ways of 19th-century New York City society. Called "hauntingly beautiful" by Vanity Fair, “Alexander/Isabella” explores the friendship between superstar designer Alexander McQueen and fashion maven Isabella Blow, both of whom burnt brightly but far too briefly. “Tiny Stars” is a swirling-night-sky meditation on love and loss, a soulful cri de coeur in the face of universal mysteries.

Tracks from Mary Lyn’s CD "Blue Lights" have been played on radio stations internationally. Ohio radio-talk-show host Louie Free has called the CD's title song, which she wrote about the wartime romance of her parents, “a Christmas classic.” Mexico City’s Guillermo Henry, who devoted an entire episode of his show "Radio Etiopía" to “Blue Lights,” has said that “Mary Lyn has the voice of the very angels.”

She lives in NYC, where she’s played clubs ranging from CBGB’s to the National Underground. Her husband, Robert Rosen, the author of "Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon" and "Beaver Street,” appears on the cover of her EP “Crucified." (So does she: the silhouette is based on a photo of her shadow.) Influenced by Robert's Lennon bio, Mary Lyn covered the Beatles’ “You Can't Do That” on “Blue Lights” and often does Lennon’s “I'm Losing You” when playing live.

Mary Lyn has also interviewed many prominent singers for VanityFair.com and StarPolish.com, including Linda Ronstadt, Debbie Harry, and Sheryl Crow. Her fiction has appeared in The Portland Review and her personal essays in such publications as Cosmopolitan and The Village Voice. `

You can find her writings and music on her website, marylynmaiscott.com.

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