Under Cover



L+T: You’ve said previously that each song you covered is connected to a memory or experience from your life. What’s the memory that you connect with André 3000’s “Take Off Your Cool”?
: When his album, The Love Below, came out, I just fell in love. I thought it was so fantastic how he took all these different songs with all these different levels to them and put them together on the same project. I was in high school at the time and I remember my mom picked me up from school and I made her take me to the nearest record store so I could buy it. I would listen to the song constantly and write poetry.

L+T: You seem to really emphasize the experience of music. How do you like to experience music?
: I think different settings can give you a different experience of a song. There’s a song for every setting. I really like listening to music in the car. I really like listening to music walking outside. I wake up in the morning and I put on music while I get dressed. When I write, it’s to music. Whenever I’m doing something creative, there’s music playing in the background. I just love listening to music at all times of the day.

L+T: Your sound and demeanor are both sultry and relaxed, but there must be that one song that makes you lose it. If I saw you at a club, what song would you be geekin’ out to on the dance floor?
: Prince! He just makes me lose my mind. I just want to dance to Prince.

L+T: What’s one song that didn’t make the cut for From Her Eyes? What was song #8?
: Al Green’s “Simply Beautiful.”

L+T: Bay area kids are known to rep pretty hard, how do you rep the Bay?
: I rep the Bay through everything I do. I was raised in Oakland my entire life and I love being from here. I would never create a conflict if someone had an issue with the fact that I’m from Oakland, but I’m proud. I’ve never lived anywhere but here.

L+T: What do you want to do? Where do you want to take this?
: I want to take it everywhere possible. Music is my life, my love and my inspiration. It’s my air. It’s everything I want to do. I want to take it around the world.Mara Hruby

Photography by Fred Shavies.
Click here to download Mara Hruby’s EP.

  • http://twitter.com/DanaEason_ Dana Eason

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Her vibe is vintage chic cool & retro… and I’m talking about her voice! HA Love it! Thank you for introducing me/us to this beautiful music & artist! xo

  • Anonymous

    she sux! Terrible! You are not Amel Larrieux so why try? You are another pretty face and people get distracted by that.that song was Horrible!! You said that the original version makes you want to dance and move…well yopur version made me want to go to throw my pc out the window and take a nap!! You have no originality,no power,nothing!! Everything is stolen! From your look to your songs! Really Jay? Stop thinkin with the little head…

  • http://twitter.com/GentlemanREDUX Johnnie Weathersby 3

    If you have not downloaded here album you’re only hurting yourself. Been on her for a few months now and I’m glad someone is keeping good sounds out in the atmosphere.

  • http://twitter.com/GentlemanREDUX Johnnie Weathersby 3

    I hate it when I make typos on comments – I meant “her*” in my last one. And @buddah610 – I’m not knocking your opinion or nothing cat. We’re all entitled to ‘em. But have you heard Mara’s full EP? I was just curious.

  • http://www.facebook.com/monessac Monessa Cruz

    beautiful voice, beautiful girl, I loved it : )

  • http://twitter.com/JustToiaya JustToiaya

    Mara is truly talented! I was turned on to her a few months back and have been following her since. Her EP is amazing! Can’t wait to see what the future holds for her.

  • Anonymous

    From the moment that I heard her voice I was hooked! Beautiful voice,lovely personality, super talented overall. Best part of it all, she sounds even better live!!! I had the pleasure to hear one of her original songs at one of her shows and it sounded great, much love and respect to Mara!
    @buddah610 smh, stop wasting your life being negative,I send positive vibes towards you!!!

    Mara Hruby, keep killin them softly!

  • Anonymous

    Good voice. Good video.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maurice-Gilmore/100001171122336 Maurice Gilmore

    she has the most sexiest voice…its just relaxes me when listen to her an im feelin alittle down !

  • http://twitter.com/mojamid Mohammad Shah


  • http://twitter.com/iYashMusic Steven Odige


  • Anonymous

    her voice is beautiful and poetic…..

  • http://musicnerdery.com E.

    this does not suck at all. thanks.

  • kristy gomez

    wow. i love that she chose The Panties to remake in her own way. such a sexy song and her mellifluous voice is perfection w/ the repetition of the lyric. Prince was onto something there…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000331098262 Seyni Ba


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=194600892 Zelmy Carrillo

    Love it! Beautiful!

  • Kolette Allen

    Just WOW!

  • pettiho the company

    Her voice is so pretty. It’s a nice cover but I LOVE the original. I can’t wait to hear her other songs on the EP, though. :)

  • http://twitter.com/Tax86 Thomas V.

    This is an excellent addition/twist to today’s R&B. She should do a duet with Bilal, that would be the most soulful song you can imagine. Their voices would really compliment one another

  • http://twitter.com/GirlyTomboyIsh D☮ɯ¡n¡qÜε ♀

    i won’t lie the cinematography kinda makes my eyes feel weird, but her beautiful voice and dope look makes up for it. i’ll def be watching out for her…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=151800507 Pigmy Basinwood

    Thank you!

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