Hello family. Thankyou for coming to my digital home. I imagine that you are a treasure box of surprises, stories of triumphs and sorrows. An encyclopedia of wisdom you have gathered from the long journey you've taken to get here. Wow. What a life. How have you done it my friend?
Me? I fancy myself a minstrel bard with a taste for poetry that moves the heart
to awaken beyond its strategies of closure.
Im a lover of elegance, the miraculous, and the ridiculous.
I have a fondness for the human voice
for its endless beauty, textures, variety,
and for the mighty resilience of the human spirit
that can be felt and heard in those perfect moments
of unbearable tenderness
where you can hear how alive everything is...
These are the moments I live for.
Speaking of which, Im sitting with my dear friend Joshua Penman, who's currently co-producing an album of songs with me due out... sometime..... He and I have a running joke about biographies written for artists and musicians. The joke isn't finished yet, or else id tell you, but the punch line got me writing this love note to you this evening.
And here its is.
I love you. Like, the big blushing kind of love.
The tickle you in the back of your rapturous heart kind of love.
The pet your head when your blue kind of love.
The curious to learn what really inspires you to wake in the middle of the night
and write poetry to the moon kind of love.
Lets keep riding the rivers of this love and life together, shall we?
Marya Stark is a vocalist, composer, performer, and multi-instrumentalist.
She is a discoverer of archetypes, a storyteller, an oracle bard, and muse.
An Arizona native, Marya first found her voice in the high desert, studying at the Arizona School For The Arts, before earning a scholarship to Chapman Music Conservatory. While following the thread of classical vocal training, Marya’s love of myth, psyche and sound healing led her to study Music Therapy. This training catalyzed Marya into a period of prolific songwriting, as she resolved herself to narrating the journey of her own coming of age through the lens of sound and light, collecting songs as time capsules of the human experience.
After graduating w/ a BA in Music Therapy, Marya spent the next decade dedicated to community enrichment through music, working with at risk youth, addiction recovery, mental health, hospice, autism, and special needs communities. During this time, Marya continued her studies in Medical Qigong Therapy, Mindfulness, Relationship Health, Compassionate Communication, and Women’s Wisdom.
Marya is a continuous student of the abstract, the mythopoetic, and of the song lines that run through her own soul. One such song line is that of Scarlet Moon, an emergent archetype of the wild feminine. In 2015, Marya 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, personal healing, ancestral healing, and reweaving the threads of the forgotten codes of creation.
Marya has released multiple albums, eps, and singles, continuing to discover the many layers of her relationship to the muses. In addition to her realm of art song and story-telling, Marya is a curator of therapeutic concept albums. She has released journey albums focused on both Addiction Recovery as well as alternative education for Children, based in meditation and energy awareness.
Her most recent release Lineage, steeped in the healing of her own blood line and the deeper energetics of womb medicine, has been described as "A deep meditation on timeless ancient wisdom to salve our current times. The heartfelt passion in her message strikes a chord, and shines through. There is profound wisdom and knowledge to be found in the lyrics of this new record, while the overall vibe is uplifting, relaxing, and inspiring. She manages to strike a beautiful balance, delivering potent transmissions without coming off as too preachy, or taking too much focus away from the music.” - Reality Sandwich
When she is not on stage or composing music, Marya works as a Musical Midwife, supporting the archetypal embodiment journey of her students. She is a mentor in the art of voice and song craft. She is currently leading 'Voice Of MY Womb' vocal enrichment workshops globally and online.
She is a chaser of waterfalls, a lover of bulletproof coffee,
and is a huge fan of the Parade Of Flamingos from BBC's Planet Earth II
And she loves you
just the way you are.