Meet Mary Kaye

Live Radio Interviews
The Writer's Block, LA Talk Radio
April 13, 2017 Click for podcast

Campfire Cafe, Equestrian Legacy Radio
April 20, 2017 Click for podcast
October 6, 2016 Click for podcast
March 26, 2015 Click here for podcast

Gary Holt and  co-host Bobbi Jean Bell visit with the award winning singer/songwriter Mary Kaye and Mary Kaye's daughter Alicia Cooper. Alicia is a breeder of Straight Egyptian Arabians and is a talented trainer and instructor. Talent runs deep in this family in both music and horses...this is going to be a fun show with amazing music and great conversation.
"Known for her wide vocal range, tight vibrato, and haunting yet sweet voice, Mary Kaye delivers a spellbinding, emotional vocal performance in every song she sings."
     ---Jennifer Denison, Western Horseman, July 2012

Around The Barn
Live Radio Interview
Saturday, July 27, 2013
KHTS 1220 AM

Bill Lindsay, Senior Vice President Hamblen Music
Mary Kaye (about 30 min. in)

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Western Music Association Honoree:
2013 Female Performer Of The Year
2013  Songwriter Of The Year
2012 Song Of The Year
2010 Outstanding Female Vocalist of the Year
2010 Crescendo Award
Academy of Western Artists Honoree:
2011 Western Female Performer of the Year

Mary Kaye is a singer and songwriter who shares the stories of the West in music and song. She has just released her fourth solo CD, "The Dawn And The Dusk." Her third solo CD, "No Wilder Place: was enthusiastically received, it is rooted deeply in the western landscape of which her life is immersed.. Just as the CD was released Mary Kaye was awarded the Academy of Western Artist's 2011 Western Female Performer of the Year. In addition, in 2010, she was recognized by the Western Music Association as Female Vocalist of the Year.
The same year Mary Kaye won Female Vocalist of the Year she was also awarded the Crescendo Award for best new act and received a total of seven WMA nominations, two of which were for Best Song. A recent news article declared, "Nominated for further WMA accolades in 2011, Mary Kaye is riding high in the Western Music world." (The Pyramid).

Born in Texas and raised in Mississippi, her life closely mirrors the classic western character of her popular, jaunty song, "Lucy Larue." Like Lucy, she is a Southern Belle who came out West and "married her a cowboy." Mary Kaye resides on a 100 year old pioneer homestead in central Utah with her husband, Brad Knaphus, and their ten children. Yes, ten children, four boys and six girls, from one marriage, 6 to 24 in age, and all single births. Brad's family has deep western roots, many of his ancestor's were some of the first to come West in the great "western migration." Born and raised in Utah, Brad's father was a well known horse breeder whose horses are highly regarded amongst other horseman throughout the USA and abroad.

Just a few months before her 10th child was born, on her birthday, with the encouragement of a good friend, Mary Kaye walked into a small music store near her home and bought her first guitar. Those six strings literally changed her life. In learning to play the guitar new songs came pouring out of her. One thing led to another and her hobby blossomed into a singing career. Mary has been singing since she was a young girl, however, in 2009 she began writing and singing western songs. It all started when Mike Kirkwood of Sigurd, UT invited her to sing at the Moab Western Stars Cowboy Poetry Gathering. She told Mike, "I don't have any cowboy songs to sing." Kirkwood responded, "I think the people would really like you." Mary Kaye showed up in Moab with three new western songs of her own. Well, as they say, "The rest is history." As predicted, Mary was well received.

Mary Kaye's 2008 CD, "The Real Thing" contains 13 original songs about family, love, God, friends, and life. At the time "The Real Thing" was released she was touring with "The Legends of Country Music," a classic country tribute show.

In 2010, her first solo western music CD, "Clean Outta Luck," went as high as #4 on the western charts and stayed in the top 20 for 12 months. As influences on her musical style, Mary Kaye credits Patsy Cline, The Carter Sisters, Loretta Lynn, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Emmylou Harris, Barbara Streisand, Maria Callas, Alison Krauss, and Wynonna Judd. Her sound could be compared to those of Patsy Cline, Faith Hill, and Wynonna Judd. Rick Huff of The Western Way Magazine stated, "With her singing Mary Kaye brings to the table one of the more captivating vocal presentations to come along in a good while. She boasts a wider than usual vocal range (from soprano to near bass), a very tight vibrato and dead-on accurate pitch across wide note spreads. They give her plenty of tools with which to express her music and she's obviously in control of all of them." Another western music expert, Marvin O'Dell of Musikode Records, said of her, "Mary Kaye is completely individualistic. You sense no influences. This is pure, marvelous, unalloyed vocal styling that comes as natural as a southern breeze...and her song writing is fascinating."

Mary Kaye credits her success to her God-given gifts and talents. Those who have helped her along the way include her husband who has believed and encouraged her for 25 years; her children who have supported her; her parents who made huge sacrifices for her to be able to sing, her high school Attaché Show Choir director, Winona Costello, who schooled her as a performer and vocalist; Mike and Jolynne Kirkwood who have played a significant role in her entry and success in western music; and her singer-songwriter friend, Cindy Simmons, who dragged Mary out the door kicking and screaming to their first gig.

She is grateful to the WMA for recognizing her talents and efforts, to Taylor Guitar Company for their gift of her beautiful Taylor guitar, and to Burns Saddlery & Cowboy Shop for providing many of Mary Kaye's stunning outfits. A big hug goes to Mary's well loved guitar teacher Warren Davidson. Other key players are photographer and friend Chantel Phelps, Mark Stephenson of MAS Studios, graphic designer Mike Barton of I-Four Media, and the Chantries of Kopy Kats Printing. Recognition also goes to Richard and Lynnie Espinoza's for their contributions to Mary's entry into western music.

Mary Kaye often performs at western festivals and gatherings organized by members of the Western Music Association. These gatherings are held on weekends all over the West and are fun for the whole family. She encourages those that love the western way of life to come on out to such events and to join the WMA and other such groups that promote western music, cowboy poetry, and the cowboy way. She hopes to see you there.

Experience Mary Kaye In Concert and On the Radio:

SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series:
The Queen of the West and Sage of the Prairie

Mary Kaye and Joe Herrington
Filmed April 20, 2017 
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SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series:
An Evening With Mary Kaye and Friends

Featuring Robby Bausch and Gency Brown
Filmed November 3, 2012
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SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series
Mary Kaye with The Cross Town Cowboys

Filmed September 17, 2011
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SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series
Mary Kaye and Richard Lee Cody

Filmed September 17, 2010
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Around The Barn Podcasts
Live Radio Interviews
Saturday, July 27, 2013
KHTS 1220 AM

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Saturday, September 17, 2011
 Mary Kaye with The Cross Town Cowboys
We chatted' and they sang'. The Cross Town Cowboys premiered 3 original songs from their soon to be released CD, "That Ole Prairie Moon"

Saturday, April 30. 2011
Mary Kaye was our special guest during the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

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