Since their fated meeting through a classified ad in a San Francisco newspaper, vocalist/songwriter Elise Bellew and songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Blake Ryan Dayton have worked meticulously to create their own unique sound and style of vibey alternative pop/rock. From a profound and moving dream Elise had about the Virgin Mary comes the name The Mary Dream. Elise’s distinctive ethereal vocals and impactful lyrics join together with Blake’s lush orchestrations and unique guitar layerings to create some of the most moving, yet melodic alternative pop/rock emerging today.
Beautiful World is The Mary Dream’s critically acclaimed full-length debut on their own label SuperUniverse Records, and was recorded almost entirely at home by Blake and Elise, except for the drum tracks, which were recorded by producer Richie Biggs (The Civil Wars, Switchfoot, Nichole Nordeman, etc) working with Nashville session drummer Steve Brewster (Jewel, Faith Hill, etc). The record was also mixed and mastered by Richie Biggs at The Art House in Nashville.
Beautiful World is a collection of 11 bittersweet and compelling songs that are both dreamy and melodic. From the optimistic title track Beautiful World, to the hauntingly beautiful Say My Name, this record is a must for listeners who are seeking to be moved in a deep and genuine way. Since it’s release, numerous songs from Beautiful World have been used on TV, with prominent features that include “How You Love Me” on ABC’s All My Children, “More” on MTV’s Real World Denver, “Stay” on MTV’s Real World Hollywood, “Beautiful World” on CBC’s Heartland, and several more songs on MTV’s Teen Mom, Seasons 3, 4 and 5. In addition, due to its success on Animoto.com, the title track “Beautiful World” led to numerous fan videos on YouTube as an optimistic and sentimental pop anthem. In October 2014, “Beautiful World” was added to Pandora Radio.
This Kind of Life is the highly anticipated follow-up to Beautiful World. On This Kind of Life, The Mary Dream takes their signature vibey sound to a deeper level. Staying true to their DIY roots, the entire record was written, recorded and produced by The Mary Dream alone. This Kind of Life delivers 11 ultra vibey songs that pop, rock and chill – this time with a fuller, richer sound. On This Kind of Life, instead of filling out the sound exclusively with guitars, Blake added bittersweet piano riffs, lush ambient synth and intricate drum programming – all combined with Elise’s ethereal vocals to further the unique sound that The Mary Dream has become known for.
This Kind of Life was mixed by 5-time grammy winner Reid Shippen (Matt Kearney, India Arie, etc) and mastered by Greg Calbi (John Mayer, Norah Jones, etc). Guest musicians include Justin Cary on bass (Sixpence None The Richer), Steve Bowman on drums (Counting Crows, Luce), Steve Brewster on drums (Jewel, Faith Hill), Mark Hill on bass (Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood), and David Henry on cello (Butterfly Boucher, Vienna Teng).
In October 2014, The Mary Dream’s “Beautiful World” CD was added to Pandora Radio. You can help by adding songs from Beautiful World to your stations and give a “thumbs up” to the songs. This will help us get more airplay!
Also in October 2014, Elise Bellew released her very first solo Christmas EP entitled “Bellew Christmas”. Bellew Christmas was added to Pandora Radio in November 2015. Listen to Bellew Christmas HERE.
In March 2015, The Mary Dream’s song “Save You” from “This Kind of Life” will was prominently featured on the Season 2 Premiere of MTV’s “Finding Carter”. It was a GREAT placement that occurred at the very end of the episode, and was played for over 3 1/2 minutes! We couldn’t believe it! Later in May, another song from This Kind of Life, “Best Thing” was also used on Finding Carter! Wow! Thank you MTV for all your support with such great placements!
In August 2016, The Mary Dream’s album “This Kind of Life” was also added to Pandora Radio!
Stay tuned for Elise Bellew’s brand new solo CD coming out at the end of 2016! For more details Visit Elise Bellew’s Website.