Carin Mari

Inspired by the mountains of Colorado where she was born and raised, Carin Mari is a songwriter from the heart who is passionate about sharing her stories and  playing her unique brand of music. In 2001, Country music quickly became her passion when friend and mentor, Michael Martin Murphey, suggested Carin learn "I Want to be a Cowboy's Sweetheart.” After nineteen 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, Female Vocalist and Female Entertainer of the year for South Plains College, and eight Colorado Country Music Awards. In 2010, Carin, entered the Texaco Country Showdown and won the Southwest Regional final and a trip to Nashville. She felt her dreams coming true when she performed one of her original songs on stage at the historic Ryman Auditorium during the televised Showdown finals, where she placed second. Carin toured in the early nine years of her career with her two brothers as the band, “Carin Mari & Pony Express,” winning numerous awards and playing formidable venues. Together they release five albums that have received world wide airplay. Although there have been many highlights in her career, being a guest artist on Michael Martin Murphey’s Album, “Tall Grass and Cool Water,” was an incredible honor and has received great reviews. 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.” With a desire to advance her abilities and credibility as a musician, Carin, 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. While still pursuing her own career, Carin is also thrilled to be the lead guitar player in, Michael Martin Murphey’s, Rio Grande Band. After recording her sixth album, “Miles Per Hour,” in August of 2015, Carin fell in love with the creative atmosphere in Nashville and went back in 2017 to record her album, “Rambling Daughter.” Carin has since returned to Nashville and has released her brand new album, “Queen of the Mountains.” The album has a unique sound she has been striving to find that showcases her songwriting ability and her creativity as an artist and producer. This is Carin’s eighth album and her third professional project as a solo artist. During the summer of 2019, Carin was honored to be a part of a fundraiser for St. Judes Children's Hospital where she opened for Clint Black. Carin is currently working on new music for a new album to be released later this year.