Marie Mazziotti: Born to Perform

With her smoky voice and sparkling showmanship, Marie Mazziotti captures the crowd. Her extensive repertoire, which features more than 1,000 cover songs and 30 originals, appeals to music lovers of all tastes and generations. One minute, Marie croons classics like "Canít Help Falling in Love" and "The Way You Look Tonight." The next, she belts out rockiní rhythms all along the country-rock spectrum: from Mary Chapin Carpenter and Johnny Cash to Five for Fighting and Led Zeppelin. A natural-born performer, Marie connects with her audienceóand captures them.

An only child raised in Harrisburg, Pa., Marieís musical career started at age 4, when she learned to play guitar. She took up the piano at age 9 and began performing professionally at local arts festivals when she was just 13. She quickly exhausted the musical venues surrounding her hometown. In 1988, Marie headed to the Big Apple, armed only with her twelve-string, her haunting voice and the burning desire to entertain.

Since then, Marie has played throughout Manhattan in a wide range of venues, including the prestigious Carlyle Hotel, The Monkey Bar and The Bitter End. She has won the hearts of men and women, young and old. Fans describe her voice as "gorgeous . . . almost unearthly . . . impeccable phrasing . . . strong and haunting."

Marie has released two CDs. "That Was Then, This Is Now" features soulful melodies from her early songwriting years. She provides all vocals and instruments, with the exception of brass and woodwinds. Her second CD, "This Time from the Heart," is a collection of 13 originals and 22 cover songs.