”…somewhere between Kate Bush and Leonard Cohen…”
Bart Mendoza, San Diego Downtown News
”….reminds me of vintage Elton John with beautifully stacked harmony vocals that perfectly set up the verses, a powerful piano track that mixes complex chord/melodic structures with sublimely simple ones…”
Craig Yerkes, the San Diego Troubadour
Marie Haddad is a five-time San Diego Music Awards nominee with a voice that “can hold your attention whatever she is singing” (North County Times), with a songwriting and piano style that has been described as “somewhere between Kate Bush and Leonard Cohen” (San Diego Downtown News). Haddad’s music has been featured on national television and in several independent films. She performs regularly in the San Diego area and across the West Coast and New York.
Marie Haddad started playing piano at the age of 5 but quit formal training at 11 because her attention span required constant breaks for cartwheels. After having to sell her piano in college, she missed playing so much that she would regularly sneak into a well-known San Diego hotel in the middle of the night to practice on the grand in their main ballroom. Soon, the cleaning staff started to recognize her.
In 2002, the San Diego Beat Organization (of which Haddad was a member) was nominated as Best New Band at the San Diego Music Awards. After the group disbanded, Haddad ventured into performing her own solo material. She has since been honored with nominations at the 2007, 2009, and 2011 San Diego Music Awards as Best Acoustic Act in San Diego, and in 2013 as Best Singer-Songwriter.
The Lifetime TV show ‘Dance Moms’ used her song “Why? Why Not.” for a choreographed dance routine in competition on the show. Her song “Holiday Cheer!” had the distinction of being on two Top 100 Independent Holiday Song lists and she’s been awarded a ‘Top 10 Best Performance in a Live Video’ recognition from OurStage.com.
Currently, Marie Haddad is writing and recording, creating videos, playing glockenspiel, and writing some more. Lots to come in 2014!