Soulful vocalist Ingrid Mae makes rock, pop & country-infused music with an irresistible retro vibe. Her sound is captivating yet her message is one of honesty & grit.
A self-confessed chaos addict and rampant artist her sentiments of life and love can on the surface appear relatively benign almost symmetrical. She’s an old soul. She loves the idea of romance and sometimes loves a cliché’. Dig a little deeper however and her raw truth can slap you in the face.
Ingrid Mae is an artist known for her bold country sound. Inspired by the performers who pioneered rock yet with the swag and sensibilities of blues and soul, her music is heartfelt and raw. Where most country pop singers shy away, Ingrid gives her notes a bluesy bend. Musically it’s authentic and refreshing with a retro rock edge and a big dynamic range.
It is this rebel-like behaviour that sets the scene for her latest album Holy Smoke. Set somewhere in a world where Dolly Parton meets Melissa Etheridge this record traverses a mixed landscape of heart-felt ballads, western crooners and country anthems.
“I’m a live performer at heart”, says Ingrid “I love the energy and connection you build with a small crowd.” This energy certainly comes through in Holy Smoke, and with good reason. Even before stepping foot into the studio these songs were put through the live audience wringer.
Soon after the release of her two singles in late 2017; Did you Miss Me and As the Crow Flies, Ingrid hit the road with her band and spent much of 2018 playing small pubs and regional festivals. Embraced by her fans and community radio, As the Crow Flies was selected as a top 5 finalist for “single of the year”, in the ICMA (Indie Country Music Australia) 2018 awards.
Holy Smoke is a record driven and lived by Ingrid Mae. She’s fired up but at peace; angry but content.
At a glance, you’ve got Magnetic, the album Single which is rather hypnotic with it’s syncopated melodies. For just a little country song it has an earworm effect that is pleasing to the most discerning pop connoisseur. Then there’s the more neo-traditional Choosy with telecasters in tow with a cheeky view on being single and happy. Follow that up with 45, probably the prettiest song on the album with it’s soulful vocals and beautiful story. There is enough space to just sit back and let the music wash over you.
Holy Smoke is an album that will grab you when you least expect it. A strong signature vocal and a cracking band, it’s easy to see why Ingrid Mae continues to build her warm and quirky reputation.
“I just want to make great songs and stay true to who I am.” Says Ingrid Mae.