Contact Information    Carin Mari Music
                                       Carin Mari
                                       30946 County Road 356
                                       Buena Vista, Colorado 81211
                                       Phone: (719) 239-1012
                                       Email: carinmarimusic@gmail.com

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Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Yodeler, 5 CDs, Award Recipient, Entertainer

Acclaimed as one of Western Music's brightest hopes, Carin Mari is a songwriter from the heart with a deep passion for her music. She finds inspiration from life at home in the mountains of Colorado where she was born and raised. Friend and mentor, Michael Martin Murphey suggested Carin learn, "I Want to be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" in 2001, and from that moment Country Music quickly became her passion. Not a far stretch from her roots, Country Music fit her lifestyle perfectly since she was already passionate about her horses and an avid rider with a love for the western way of life. After 10 years of continued dedication, her talents as a guitarist/singer/songwriter have won her numerous awards, including 2010 Texaco Country Showdown Southwest Regional Winner and Runner-up in the National Final – and she did it with her own original western music!

For the past seven years, Carin and her two brothers have been performing coast-to-coast as the band "Carin Mari & Pony Express" - adding their own flavor to Western Music. The band has released five CD's in this time, one of which winning the title of 'Most Promising Album.' Carin, who is now nineteen, is pursuing her dreams of being a Singer/Songwriter and is studying Commercial Music at South Plains College in Texas. She is a very diverse artist that can include a wide variety of music in her shows including, Western, New Country, Bluegrass, Classic Country, and Folk. Whether Carin is on stage with a big band or playing as a solo entertainer, she is a crowd pleaser with her soothing vocals and intricate guitar skills. She has a great respect for sounds of traditional western music, but strives to create her own refreshing sound that will appeal to the lovers of the traditional music, as well as those new to the genre. ?

Awards

2011   South Plains College, Levelland, Texas
                
Female Entertainer of the Year
                
Outstanding Female Vocalist

2010
   Colgate (Texaco) Country Showdown
                  National Finalist Runner-up 
                  Southwest Regional Winner
                  State Winner - Colorado
                  Winner for the Upper Arkansas Valley

          Western Music Association
                  Crescendo Winner - youth - (Carin Mari & Pony Express)

          Academy of Western Artists
                  "Will Rogers Award" - Western Music-Yodeler 2009  

2009   North America Country Music Association, International
                  Female Entertainer of the Year - Traditional Country - Youth  
                  Songwriter of the Year - Traditional Country - Youth,  "Always A Road"  
                  Most Promising Album of the Year - Country - "Follow the Trail"  (Carin Mari & Pony Express)
  
2008   Western Music Association
                   International Yodeling Champion -Teen  
                   International Harmony Group - Youth  (Carin Mari & Pony Express)

         Colorado Country Music Association
                   Best Western Band  (Carin Mari & Pony Express)
                   Best Vocal Group  (Carin Mari & Pony Express)
                   Best Western Album - "Follow the Trail"  (Carin Mari & Pony Express)
                   Female Vocalist 
                   Female Entertainer 
                   #1 Songwriting - "Always a Road" 
                   #2 Songwriting  - "Follow the Trail"  

2006    National Festival of the West
                   Youth Entertainers of the Year  (Carin Mari & Pony Express)

2004 Patsy Montana National Yodeling Champion 

        Colorado Country Music Association
                   Traditional Country Female Vocalist -Youth  
                   Traditional Female Entertainer - Youth  
                   Traditional Country Duo  (Carin and Colin Lechner)


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Performance Highlights - A Partial List

2011 
Colgate Country Showdown National Competition, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
2010
Pony Express Sesquicentennial Celebration, St Joseph, MO        
Holly Bluegrass Days, Holly, CO                 
Michael Martin Murphey's WESTFEST, Rifle, CO                  
Michael Martin Murphey  - Cactus Theater - Carin guest appearance, Lubbock, TX                                                                       
2009
John Wayne Birthplace - "Duke & the Ladies" - Featuring: Lynn Anderson & Carin, Winterset, Iowa       
Heber City Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Heber City, UT 
Michael Martin Murphey - Mile High Rendezvous - Mile High Event Center, Henderson, CO              
Lake County Colorado Professional Rodeo, Leadville, CO          
2008
Santa Clarita Cowboy Gathering, Santa Clarita, CA   
Baxter Black and Carin Mari & Pony Express, Buffalo, WY             
Heber City's Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Heber City, UT     
2007
Colorado Blizzard Disaster Benefit - Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo, CO                                                   
Cowboy Songs and Range Ballads, Cody, WY                 
John Wayne's 100th Birthday Celebration, Winterset, Iowa                  
Cripple Creek Honors Armed Forces – Opening for:  Ty England, Cripple Creek, CO                                        
Piney Woods Cowboy Gathering presented by Michael Martin Murphey, Linden, TX               
Heber City's Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Buckaroo Fair, Heber City, UT         
Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, Santa Clarita, CA 
Cripple Creek’s Salute to Our Troops, Opening for Ty England  
John Wayne’s Centennial Celebration, Winterset. IA 
Colorado Blizzard Disaster Benefit with Michael Martin Murphy, Pueblo, CO  
2006
Colorado Cattlemen's Association, Colorado Springs, CO 
Heber City Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Heber City, UT 
Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Durango, CO 
Cowboy's Harvest Ball - opened for Michael Martin Murphey, Colona, CO 
Cowboy Heritage - Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, AR 
Holly Days Bluegrass Festival, Holly, CO 
Heritage of the American West, Spearfish, SD 
Old West Days, Jackson Hole, WY 
Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, Santa Clarita, CA
National Festival of the West, Scottsdale, AZ 
2005
Old West Days/Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Valentine, NE 
Festival of the American West, Wellsville, UT
Michael Martin Murphey's West Fest, Snowmass, CO 
National Festival of the West, Scottsdale, AZ 
Route 66 Inaugural Ball, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington D.C.
2004
Michael Martin Murphey's West Fest, Snowmass, CO