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Asheville, North Carolina, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | INDIE

Asheville, North Carolina, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2006
Solo Folk Pop




"MAR – I AM I (EP Release Show)"

After the release of his brand new single “Together” this past January 11th, Peruvian-American singer/songwriter MAR launches the beginning of the new decade with his upcoming EP “I AM I.” Fusing indie, pop, and folk elements from North and South America across English and Spanish lyrics, MAR’s song craft sheds light on the beauty of his two languages, like pieces or fragments coming together, and celebrates his own gender- identity journey as non-binary.

Join MAR and his band, featuring teacher/artists from Asheville Music School, on this special night Saturday February 29th at the Tina McGuire Theater, Wortham Center for the Performing Arts.

Get MAR’s single Together: - The Laurel

"Smart Bets: MAR"

Originally from Lima, Peru, Mar Perez-Albela is a nonbinary, bilingual singer-songwriter/producer who’s been in the music industry for more than 13 years. His work blends elements of indie, pop and folk from both American continents, hopping between English and Spanish lyrics to spotlight the beauty of his two languages. Currently based in Asheville, where he works at the Asheville Music School, Mar has assembled a band composed of fellow teaching artists for a show celebrating the release of his new EP, I Am I, on Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts’ Tina McGuire Theater. Beginning at 8 p.m., he’ll be joined by Gabrielle Tee (keys), Kylie Irvin (trombone/backing vocals), Andy John (bass/cello/steel guitar) and Phil Alley (guitar), plus guest appearances from Charles Furtado (percussion) and Elizabeth McCorvey (violin), for a night that strives to celebrate “collaboration, honesty and togetherness.” - Mountain Xpress

"MAR Advocates for Unconditional Love in “Together”"

MAR is a Peruvian-born singer, composer, and producer who officially began his music career in Miami when he released his first song “En Silencio,” which won Song of the Year in 2007. He first found his passion for music at a young age when he played flute, guitar and sang on stage in Lima. Since then he has been performing internationally and inspiring others with his contagious energy.

His new song “Together” fuses indie, pop, and folk elements into a bubbly combination. “Together” opens with an elegant acoustic guitar strumming in the background as MAR introduces his silky voice. The song picks up its beat for the chorus; clapping, drums, and tambourine fill the background. The melody of the “Together” is uplifting and motivational – it will make you feel nostalgic and hopeful at the same time. Lyrically, MAR has created an anthem for self-love and personal fulfillment. MAR is a proud gender-fluid, non-binary advocate of the LGBTQI community. In his song “Together” he advocates for unconditional love and alignment with his own true self. Mar uses music as a road to personal happiness and hopes that his fans can be inspired through his music. Mar once stated “no matter how different you may be, things can be achieved,” and in his song “Together” he passes this valuable advice to his audience.

Welcome to BuzzMusic! What’s the story behind “MAR”?

Mar is a short version of my first name. You know, in Spanish most of our names are very gender biased and sometimes religious based; and it came to a point for me that I no longer wanted to be defined by any of the cultural stereotypes. Mar is an arrival point from shedding the weight of what had been imposed to me - gender and religion- it’s like being reborn. I have chosen a very neutral name and an identity that is as vast and diverse as the ocean, it’s not a coincidence it means sea in Spanish.

You have some huge accomplishments, including performing at some world-renowned music venues. Which venue has been your favorite to perform at?

I mean, it probably is the next one! haha Though, I always remember two of them and carry them close to my heart. One was at Hollywood Universal Citywalk main stage, my first show in LA ever! The other one was at Villa Maria del Triunfo, a very poor district in Lima, Peru, where I was invited to sing in a coliseum on literally dirt ground. The power went out in the middle of the show, but the crowd waited for a whole hour and a half to get it restored so they could hear my concert.

We really enjoyed your single “Together”. What inspired you to write this song?

I wrote together in one take with my guitar, literally didn’t have many edits, it just downloaded itself! I was inspired by the idea of a platonic best partner who would be there unconditionally to lift me up and come to the rescue every single time. At the time I didn’t realize I was kind of stating the deepest and truest connection with myself and finding that best pal in me.

How would you describe your creative process behind "I am I"? Do you draw any musical inspiration from any other artists?

A big part of the creative process for “I am I,” has been allowing myself to be raw, honest, and vulnerable while going through the journey of defining and understanding my identity as non-binary. Letting that set the tone and having the need to respond to the question everybody has in their head: “who am I,” grant me to write from a place where I have found “I am I,” saying exactly what I needed to say, the way I wanted to say it. I think, musically each song has found its own way to come to live. In most of my creative process I just go with the feeling, chord, or melody I get at the beginning when I first start writing, and hang out with it without judging or making edits, just riding the wave until it arrives to shore.

Musically, I honestly get inspired from many different bands and artists. I really love hearing new artists on IG/social media or in a coffee shop around town, and I also have who I call my “mentors,” the ones that have really shaped the way I create melodies and continue to inspire me; Latin artists like Miguel Bose and Chavela Vargas, and Anglo singer/songwriters like Johny Cash, Brandi Carlile, Ingrid Michaelson, and Sia.

What can we expect to see from MAR throughout 2020?

Wow, this year has started with lots of great energy already! I am so moved by the way Together has been received, liked, and streamed!!

I am super excited and will continue advocating a lot more with this single - and upcoming EP- in hopes to inspire folks to be who they are, and open new spaces to maybe have a window where we can see we all aspire towards the same thing, and that it’s possible to come together with oneself and with others. I hope this album will add one more thread to the rich tapestry of life that we call awareness. - Buzz Music

"M'News: M'DELA Takes Texas by Storm"


Miami Beach, FL (December 6, 2010) - Everything is Big in Texas and so was M'DELA's arrival to the Lone Star state last month where she performed live in San Antonio's Bonham Exchange as her new video "Siempre Te Amaré" (Love Song) played simultaneously in over 30 screens at the video lounge. The song is based on The Cure's classic hit and can be seen on YouTube and available for download at iTunes

Latin sensation M'DELA then went on to Austin, the capital of indy music, for an in depth interview at Desatados Radio Hits orchestrated by Edgardo Marra and later performed at Charlie's Austin on the strip in front of hundreds of new fans who received complimentary DVD's of her video and registered to win an M'DELA-loaded iPad on the spot. Special thanks to Alex Pedemonte of Vaca Roja Productions for being the first producers to bring M'DELA to Austin.
She then landed in the Space City - Houston, with three BIG performances in one night rocking first the jam-packed House of Blues, then onto the trendy South Beach, and an after-hours Latin performance at Plaza 59 courtesy of Victor Vela.

M'DELA took Texas by storm and received over 2,000 Daily Post Views by Facebook members in that state. "We made a great first impression and Texas venue owners have invited M'DELA to return in 2011," said Executive Producer Jake Cavazos.

South Florida anxiously awaited M'DELA's return after kicking off her tour in that state and performed on Nov. 23 at Tuesday night's hottest Latin party Planeta Macho at the iconic Score on Lincoln Road. Hundreds of attendees where gearing up for White Party weekend and she also performed at The Palace Sunset Tea Dance street party.
Regarding White Party, the largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser in the USA, M'DELA emphasized "I feel privileged that I can contribute with my performance and entertainment to raise funds and support this cause," as published in her interview "Sirens of the Sand" in Wire Magazine.

There's so much art and culture in Miami Beach that M'DELA couldn't pass up participating during Art Basel this past weekend at artist Laurence Gartel's "Art to Wear Couture" fashion show at Nikki Beach. Gartel, digital art pioneer, created a harmoniously-colored masterpiece of M'DELA's face image for this event.

As the end of the year draws near, M'DELA announces her official last show for 2010; She will perform exclusively at Sugar on Saturday Dec. 18 in Miami. Formerly know as Azucar, the club is a landmark in live cabaret entertainment and has launched the careers of local celebrities such as Teresita and Mari Trini among others.

Last but not least, register to win an iPad loaded with M'DELA content - visit today! Post your entry by selecting a number between 12 & 25 as a comment. Provide complete name, email (not seen by public) and website We will webcast live on Dec. 25, 2010 and draw the winners and more fabulous prizes! One entry per person, no purchase necessary, must be 18+ to apply.


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"MARIADELA le cantó "Siempre Te Amaré" al Perú"

MARIADELA le cantó "Siempre Te Amaré" al Perú

El pasado jueves 23 de setiembre en L?Anfiteatro de Barranco, tuvimos una exquisita cita musical con la voz peruana femenina del Pop en Miami. Ganadora del concurso ?Song of the Year? en el 2007 y del premio ?Orgullo Peruano? en el 2009, Mariadela se dio una escapada para ofrecernos una noche especial con lo mejor de sus temas. Ella empezó la velada entonando una introduccion a cappella de ?Razón de Vivir? (Victor Heredia) seguida por el nuevo sencillo escogido para esta ocasión del album ?Líneas 1000? (Peer Music-Peru) ?Siempre Te Amare,? su cautivante adaptación del hit ?Love Song? de la banda británica ?The Cure.?

En compañía de músicos renombrados de la escena musical local, Mariadela, entregó sus mejores composiciones entre ellas ?Líneas 1000? y ?Busca TuVoz?, así como tambien algunos covers de en Ingles y en Español, deleitando a su público tambien con versiones acústicas a solo guitarra y voz, hacia el final de la velada. Compartiendo algunas experiencias entre canción y canción, la simpática cantautora invitó a cantar a escena a sus colegas y amigos Ivan Fajardo (ERA) y Analía Saettone.

Mariadela anunció su nuevo proyecto de musica ?dance? titulado M?DELA y el lanzamiento del video de ?Siempre Te Amare,? un remix producido por Carlos Gutierrez ?DJ? Carlos G en la ciudad de Mexico. El productor ejecutivo de este, Jake Cavazos, quien ha trabajado con BMI, NBC Universal, FOX, Warner Music, entre otros, comento que M?DELA presenta un aspecto de Mariadela de una heroína que ?defiende el amor de discoteca en discoteca.?

La calidad vocal e interpretativa de Mariadela conquistó al público que con calurosos aplausos y ovasiones le pidieron una canción más antes de irse.

Mariadela se prepara para un gira promocional en Texas y Florida con su nuevo sencillo que dice ?donde ...
- Boom Online Magazine

"MARIADELA nominated to “Premio Orgullo Peruano 2009”"

Mariadela has been nominated to “Premio Orgullo Peruano 2009” organized by ONG Anna Lindh y lC&H Image Corporation, sponsored by Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores del Perú.
The event will be held October 17th and 18th of this year in Lima, Peru. This ceremony promotes and honors the effort and dedication of fellow Peruvians away from their country, contributing in their different fields, strengthening the image of Peru abroad.
Mariadela's nomination is in the following category: 'Profesional Exitoso', you may increase her votes by going to:

click on CANDIDATOS 2009 (left column)
search PROFESIONAL EXITOSO and click on Mariadela's picture.
You will be asked to register with your name and email to vote.



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"Mariadela returns to Peru for an exclusive tour"

"September 6, 2010 (Miami, FL) - Talented singer-songwriter Mariadela returns to her native Peru for an exclusive tour with limited engagements after an extended stay in Miami, FL. The main performance of her tour is on Thursday September 23, 2010 at 9 p.m. at the L'Anfiteatro located at Prolongacion San Martin 201 in Barranco, Lima. Mariadela will perform with her band hits from her album "Lineas 1000" [Peer Music-Peru] and her second single "Love Song-Siempre Te Amare" which is her Spanish adaptation of The Cure's "Love Song." Other shows include her special performance with fellow Peruvian artist Periko on Wednesday September 8 at Mama Batata in Lima and she will join the charismatic Ana Lia Saettone as musical guest on September 9 also at L'Anfiteatro de Barranco. For more information, please visit "
MPA MUSIC & MANAGEMENT - MARIADELA Returns to Peru for an Exclusive Tour

"Mariadela llego para encantarnos"

La cantante peruana Mariadela se encuentra por unos días en el Perú y prepara lo que será su show espectacular que se presentará el próximo 23 de septiembre en el L’ anfiteatro Antica de Barranco, donde interpretará sus mejores canciones además contará con la presencia de Ana Lía Saettone e Iván Fajardo, con quienes compartirá escenario cantando cada uno una canción.

Su primer álbum “En Silencio” definió su estilo Latin Pop influenciado por el rock y el folk de Norteamérica. Este disco abrió las puertas a la escena musical de Miami. En el 2007, la canción “Busca Tu Voz” (BMI) ganó el concurso “SOTY - Song of the Year”, reconocido por jurados como Norah Jones y Bon Jovi.

En Noviembre del 2008, Mariadela lanzó su álbum “Líneas 1000” el cual grabo bajo la dirección del productor nominado al Grammy Francisco Murias Ocampo. La producción incluye el segundo sencillo de Mariadela "Love Song - Siempre Te Amare" [ASCAP] adaptación en español de la canción "Love Song,” de The Cure.

Mariadela esta relanzando "Love Song" en versión dance. La producción se realizo en México DF bajo la dirección de Carlos Gutiérrez 'DJ Carlos G' cuyos trabajos incluyen mas de 400 remixes de artistas como Paulina Rubio, Ricky Martin, y Moenia entre otros.

El proyecto se titula “M'DELA” que presenta un aspecto de Mariadela como una heroína que defiende el amor una discoteca a la vez. El video fue producido por Jake Cavazos, ejecutivo de TV y Music cuya experiencia y background incluyen trabajos BMI, NBC Universal, FOX, Warner Music Group, etc.

El talento y carisma de Mariadela se ven en sus presentaciones. Luego de recibir el “Premio Orgullo Peruano” en 2009, que reconoce el éxito de los peruanos en el extranjero, ella continúa en tour por Perú y EE.UU. Actualmente se encuentra escribiendo para su producción del 2011.



Jueves 23 de Septiembre
Hora: 9 PM.
Local: Lanfiteatro Antica de Barranco
Prolongación San Martín 201 (Antica Barranco con Alfonso Ugarte)
Cobres: 15 soles - Ernesto Jerardo


I am I (2020)

The One (2015)

Siempre te Amare (2010)

Lineas 1000 (2008)

En Silencio (2007)



Peruvian born, Asheville based, M A R is a non-binary artist and advocate. A singer, songwriter and producer who fuses pop, and folk elements across bilingual lyrics infused with acoustic guitars and indie rhythm, MAR has shared his music on National TV networks such as Azteca TV, Telemundo, Mega, and International radio/press/media in Peru and South America. MAR’s music career began in Miami,FL with the debut release, “Busca Tu Voz,” winner of the Song of the Year 2007. A recipient of Premio Orgullo Peruano (2009), MAR remembers his roots with love, and loyalty to the place where he was born. MAR released his third album The One (2015) and toured different cities of North, Central and South America. In early 2020 M A R sold out his EP release show at the Diana Wortham Theater in Asheville NC with I am I, produced by Los Angeles’ based producer Billy Lefler (Ingrid Michaelson, Lisa Loeb, Avril Lavigne). Currently, MAR is back on stage playing live shows with his band MAR and The Marmeladies.