'Those demons inside will steal the love right out of you' - from Seen Better Days That intensity flows through every song - it burns in the beauty of Mary's voice and it rests in a musical tradition that draws on the power of the soul. The songs speak of a world out of control and a person's struggle to maintain balance and sanity within the chaos. 'Sheryl Crow & Joan Osborne meet Counting Crows & Hootie and the Blow Fish' - comments from a fan. Drawing on such diverse influences as Etta James, Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin, to Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow & Lucinda Williams, Mary Connolly adds her own unique flare to create a powerful and rollicking musical experience. Mary has appeared and recorded with many well known New York metro-area bands including 'Standpipe', 'The Thrill Cycle', 'Chlorophyll', 'The Waterstreet Blues Band', 'Tony Noe & the Others', 'Eddie Skuller Band ','The Bill Foley Thing', 'Fortune' and 'Flash' She's played a range of venues from the tackiest wedding hall to The Mercury Lounge. Mary Connolly began her solo career performing blues and soul classics with her band 'Blue Desire' and became a part of New York's Irish bar circuit, playing gigs that include Flannery's Bar, O'Flanagan's Bar & The Baggot Inn in New York City, as well as Henessey's in Hoboken, N.J.