Biography

Inspired by the mountains of Colorado where she was born and raised, Carin Mari is a songwriter from the heart who is passionate about playing her own brand of music.
Country/Americana Music quickly became her passion summer of 2001, when dear friend and mentor, Michael Martin Murphey, suggested that Carin learn "I Want to be a Cowboy's Sweetheart.” Not a far stretch from her roots, this style of music fit her lifestyle perfectly since she was already an avid horseback rider with a love for the western way of life.  After sixteen years of continued dedication, her talents as a guitarist/singer/songwriter have won her numerous awards, including 2009 Entertainer and Songwriter of the year from the NACMA, Southwest Regional Winner for the Texaco Country Showdown, Female Vocalist/Female Entertainer of the year at South Plains College, and runner-up in the 2010 Texaco Country Showdown National Final.  For nine years, Carin and her two brothers performed coast-to-coast as the band “Carin Mari & Pony Express,” winning numerous awards and playing formidable venues. Together, they released five CD’s that received world wide airplay. In January 2011, Carin felt her dreams coming true as she performed one of her original songs on stage at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, as a competitor in the Texaco Country Showdown. There have been many highlights throughout her career, but being a guest artist on Michael Martin Murphey’s album, “Tall Grass and Cool Water,” was an incredible honor and has received great reviews. Parcbench.com had great comments about their duet of “Springtime In The Rockies,” saying, “Carin Mari sings this duet with clarity, matching Murphey’s authenticity with every yearning note. This song brings the formidable album to a stunning close.” Carin, who is now 25, graduated from South Plains College in 2012, with a degree in Commercial Music, majoring in voice and guitar. In August of 2014, she graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Mass Communication, Leadership, and English. For the last three years, Carin has dedicated her time to writing music and playing shows across the Country. Two years in a row, Carin was thrilled to be a standing band member and to open the show on Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas Tour. In 2015, Carin was inspired to produce her sixth recording project, “Miles Per Hour,” and first album as a solo artist in Nashville, TN. Falling in love with the atmosphere and talented musicians, Carin returned to Nashville to record her brand new album, “Rambling Daughter,” which she released early this year. Her fans are saying this is Carin’s best project yet! Carin feel this album was sixteen years in the making, sharing heartfelt stories about living life as a young woman in the mountains and on the road. Carin is still actively pursuing her dreams of being a professional singer, songwriter, and musician sharing her stories every chance she gets.


                                             








West Fest 2004