Mara Simpson

Mara Simpson by Tim Bidwell

British songwriter and independent artist Mara Simpson has captivated audiences around the world with her soulful melodies, rich lyricism, unassuming charm and wicked laugh.

Quoted by New Zealand Musician Magazine as ‘Soulful, sincere, warm, rich and intimate. The songwriting is stunning.’ Mara released her debut album, ‘Our Good Sides’, on home shores earlier in the year.

London born to a Kenyan family, Mara has spent periods of time in Wellington (New Zealand) and Berlin. Her songs reflect her eclectic background and draw the listener close into these worlds. ‘Our Good Sides’ was recorded and produced by Tim Bidwell (producer of Kate Walsh and Fink) and features guest vocals from Olly Knights of Turin Brakes, Ben Ottewell of Gomez, and cousin, Courtney Simpson.

Created in Clockwork Owl Studios – also Tim’s living room – the album was woven into being with old compressors, vintage microphones, and many cups of Yorkshire tea. Every song is real, warm, and sung from the heart.

Mara played over 100 shows in 2015 on stages across the UK, Europe and as far away as the US and New Zealand. Her growing profile has lead to recent plays on BBC Radio 6 as a BBC Introducing artist and features on playlists by Tom Robinson (Fresh on the net, BBC music) and Denzyl Feigelson (founder of AWAL, Apple music).

Mara now bases herself out of Brighton.

Live Dates

Jan 26, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London, UK w/ Sophie Barker (Tickets)

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“Big, soulful vocals play out over a blend of folk and blues, while she uses her unique background to inspire her songs.” For Folks Sake

“Rooted in a tradition of superior blues and folk, the track simmers with baleful attitude without ever overdoing it, Simpson‘s rich, sonorous vocal poised with ease atop a swelling, dauntless instrumental.” Get Into This

“Simpson’s vocals and compositional style are reminiscent to Marianne Faithful, Joni Mitchell, and Tracy Chapman. You could even say she’s similar to a modern day, contemporary, female Leonard Cohen.” Goodbammsho

“By the end we are chanting along to the chorus “We all feel – the same way – you cannot divide us – we are holding on,” which makes us feel free and empowered. Pretty impressive for just over three minutes.” Pancakes and Whiskey

“Simpson’s captivating voice pays respects to a sincere form of music, arguably fitting amongst sirens such as Nora Jones and Annie Lennox.” The Music Manuel