Mary Bridget Davies – Biography

MARY BRIDGET DAVIES -photo by Rob Smith

Tony Award®-nominated singer MARY BRIDGET DAVIES’ journey began in her hometown of Cleveland, OH in 2001 when she first started singing in local bands, and she hasn’t slowed down since.

The powerhouse rock and blues singer’s love of music was instilled by her parents, who raised her on a healthy diet of the Allman Brothers Band, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Joe Cocker and, naturally, Janis Joplin.  She cites a diverse array of contemporary artists she loves ranging from Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Avett Brothers and Florence & The Machine to Nicky Minaj, Iggy Azalea, and Eminem.

Upon gaining local acclaim for her work in various rock bands, she was asked to sit in with Big Brother & The Holding Company (Janis Joplin’s original band, with whom she would later tour) as well as legendary blues guitarist Robert Lockwood Jr.  Her travels have taken her all around the world, including a run on Broadway in “A Night With Janis Joplin,” for which she received her Tony® nomination for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical.”

After extensive touring with various bands, she moved to New York City last year and landed the lead in “A Night With Janis Joplin,” which mixed Janis’ music with behind-the-scenes stories from the lead character, as well as performances by other artists who that influenced Joplin.  Davies told the New York Times, “I have sung those songs hundreds of times, and I still love them. I’m like a kid from Cleveland, and she was this queen of rock ’n’ roll who came from Texas, who has this crazy accent that I get to do. Being able, as an actor, to pull it off and get the payoff on the jokes, is great.”  Of the show, Entertainment Weekly cited her “phenomenal voice,” while the Los Angeles Times praised “the astonishing Mary Bridget Davies…it’s a triumph for all concerned.”  The New York Times heralded her “ebullient personality and raspy tone” and says she “captured the Joplin sound perfectly.”

Ms. Davies kicked off 2014 with impressive performances at SXSW and a four-night residency in Pasadena, CA where she was joined by the likes of The Doors’ Robby Krieger, Slash, The MC5’s Wayne Kramer, Dave & Phil Alvin of The Blasters, Bob Mothersbaugh of DEVO, Jesse Malin, and members of Tom Morello’s Nightwatchmen and Gnarls Barkley.

The multi-talented singer, guitarist, photographer and dog-lover is excited about the limitless possibilities that await.  “I’ve never had a specific ‘game plan’ or laid out a career path for myself,” she says with an exuberant laugh.  “But after being on Broadway and getting some attention, I’m really stoked about what’s next.  Bring it on!”

Career Highlights

  • Recipient of the BEST VOCALIST AWARD by the Cleveland Free Times
  • 2005 International Blues Challenge FINALIST
  • Won award for BEST MOMENT IN THEATRE 2007 by the Kansas City Pitch for role as Janis Joplin in the Off-Broadway smash musical, Love, Janis which was the inaugural production at KC’s new Copaken Stage located in the H&R Block Building.
  • Starred in the KC Rep Theatre’s New Year’s Repartee 2007 from December 28-31st at the UMKC Campus Cherry Street Theatre. A musical review of songs from Love, Janis, It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, Hank Williams: Lost Highway and more!
  • Mary Bridget starred in the National Tour of Love, Janis in 2008
  • 2011 International Blues Challenge Second Place WINNER
  • 2012 Two Blues Blast Award Nominations for “Best New Artist Debut CD” and “Sean Costello Rising Star”
  • 2013 Blues Music Award® Nomination for Best New Artist Debut
  • Lead role in Broadway’s “A Night With Janis Joplin,” for which she received a 2014 Tony Award® nomination for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical”

MBD GROUP – photo by Rob Smith

The Mary Bridget Davies Group

Mary Bridget Davies – Vocals
Dave Hays – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Gary Roberts – Bass, Vocals
Chris Hazelton – Organ, Keys, Vocals
Joe Voye – Percussion, Vocals