Marya Stark is a vocalist, composer, performer, and multi-instrumentalist.
She is a discoverer of archetypes, a storyteller, an oracle bard, and muse of creation.
An Arizona native, Marya first found her voice in the high desert, studying early on at the Arizona School For The Arts, before earning a scholarship to Chapman Music Conservatory. While following the trail of classical vocal training, Marya’s curiosity for myth, psyche sound healing led her to studies in Music Therapy. This training catalyzed Marya into a period of prolific songwriting, as she dedicated herself to narrarating the journey of her own coming of age and psyche revelations through the lense of sound and light.
After graduating w a BA in Music Therapy, Marya entered into intensive training in Medical Qigong Therapy, the Yoga of Relationship, Compassionate Communication, Story-telling, Women’s Health and Esoteric Studies. She is a continuous student of the abstract, the mytho-poetic, and of the songlines that run through her own souls’ lineage.
One such songline that runs deep is that of Scarlet Moon, a developing archetype of the shadow feminine. With the womb mysteries at the heart of her creative altar these days, Marya has combined forces with Mama Crow to form the folk duo Scarlet Crow. Their debut album ‘Remembrance’ released in May of 2017, featuring songs of Magdalene, the witch burning times, avalon inspired revival, past life memories, ancestral healing, and reweaving the threads of the forgotten codes of creation.
Her first studio release, “The Garden”, is an award-winning cinematic indie-folk album. Marya relates experiences of love, lost and found, and of the rites of passage into earth guardianship. The classical influenced art-pop sound Stark explores makes perfect sense. She loves grand musical gestures and subtle symbolism, but it’s difficult to carve out a single niche for her.
With her subsequent releases, “Unstoppable Joy” and “Water Into Water” Marya embraces the joy of the universe as a palpable force to be praised. The unbridled energy and light of these songs are infectious, and open up new aspects of her ministry as an ambassador of peace, activist of the heart, and soother of the subtle.
Marya is also a curator of therapeutic concept albums. Her first release of this style is ‘Fork in the Road, a hero’s journey through the stages of recovery. This concept album was her thesis project, inspired by her own healing journey from addiction. She presented and recorded this body of work as a ceremony for her community, and went on to use it as a curriculum for her years working as a music therapist in the addiction community.
Qi Songs For Crystal Kids was written as a families musical guide to introductory Qi Gong. Having been immersed in early childhood music enrichment, Marya designed this album as a gift to families who crave music that is both educational and relaxing. Marya dreams of supporting future jedi academies, and this album is the first in its series.
When she is not on stage or composing music, Marya works as a Musical Midwife, supporting the archyteypal embodiemnt journey of her students. She is a mentor in the art of voice and song craft. With years of transformational work under her belt, she continues to develop her offerings of voice, womb healing, and songwriting as a practice of self-realization. She is currently leading 'Voice Of MY Womb' vocal enrichment workshops globally and online.