"A songwriter to be reckoned with"- No Depression
"Oozes spirituality and soul"- Curve Magazine
"A soulful songstress"- the LA Weekly
"Life-force flowing through every track"- Folk Words UK
"Wondrous musical talent"- Northern Spirit Radio
"A Folk Rock Hurricane"— the Norman Transcript
"Marca's Music Transports You to Soul, Spirit, Consciousness"— S.F. Bay Area Non Violent Communication
Critically acclaimed Two Spirit recording artist Marca Cassity received an artist grant from the Osage Nation Foundation to complete a third studio album Songs from the Well. Marca was honored to be asked to sing the heritage song "Bells" at the inauguration of the Osage Chief Standing Bear and the Osage Congress.
Marca Cassity's fourth independent release, "Songs from the Well," is a tribally-funded collection of 11 folk rock spirit songs, that delivers a message of resilience with Native American nuances that speaks to overcoming hardship through connection to nature, humor, love, spirituality, and heritage. The album, recorded at world-renowned Oakland based Fantasy Studios, and produced by Julie Wolf (Indigo Girls, Ani DiFranco), features guitarist Adam Levy (Tracy Chapman), bassist Paul Olguin (Mazzy Starr), and drummer Dawn Richardson (4 Non Blondes). For this recording, Marca Cassity was honored to have been recognized by the Osage Nation with a tribal artist grant.
Through their trauma work and spiritual study, Marca became in awe of the human quality of resilience. Always writing and producing music, "Songs from the Well" is Marca’s first album that musically explores resolute human strength, with Native influences, and the reclamation of heritage as a way of healing.
The lead off track “Hallelujah” with its percussive rhythm and sage words, “What appears as a betrayal is truly a guiding light,” shines as a beacon on the overarching theme of the album, meditating on the spiritual aspects of forgiveness that allow one to grow, move forward and “ fully choose life.” Producer Julie Wolf joins in backing vocals on the spirited and liberating “Free” with a chorus reminiscent of her work with the Indigo Girls, and adds her beautiful piano work on the touching ballad “Disasters.” On “Goodbye” and “Raven,” Marca’s love of traditional Osage singing, Native drumming, as well as the writing influences of musical contemporaries such as Joan Armatrading, Mary Gauthier, and Gillian Welch are evident in the songwriting and instrumentation choices, that blend and weave throughout. The closing track "Bells,” is a heritage song, and features the dance bells of traditional Osage dancers.
The album title “Songs From the Well” was inspired by a cousin’s near death vision of a rainbow-lit box of Marca's songs that she found in the well house on the land of Marca's Osage Great-Grandmother where Marca grew up.
Check out a video of the project.