Audra Mariel is a jazz vocalist who works and resides primarily in the Tri-state area. She has been acclaimed for her unique sound, and sincere interpretation of timeless standards. Mariel frequently performs with Art Deco --Joe Accurso (piano), Doug Clarke (guitar), and Gary Mazzaroppi (bass)-- as well as with the Acada Jazz Ensemble--Andy Demos (sax), Cody McCorry (bass), and April Centrone (drums). She has also had the privilege of touring and recording with Frank Vignola, through whom she also worked with Mark O'Connor, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Al Caiola.
The release of her debut self-titled album in January of 2014 garnered some attention for Mariel. The album was very well received, and in less than a year since its release had been played on radio stations across the country, namely by the legendary Jonathan Schwartz-- both on his weekend program on WNYC, and his own internet radio station (The Jonathan Channel). Schwartz describes Mariel as “a real singer,” and speaks fondly of the album and the artist. Mariel was featured as Artist of the Week on WNYC in September of 2014, and later came back to host an hour of music as guest DJ. With Mr. Schwartz' kind support, Mariel has since gone on to perform at Frank Sinatra's 100th Birthday Celebration at Symphony Space, and Jonathan Schwartz' 47th annual Christmas Show (which was broadcast live on December 18th at Birdland in NYC).
Born in Long Island, New York, and raised in New Jersey, Mariel's great affinity for an eclectic mix of music styles was instilled in her from a young age, as was her propensity for the arts in general. When she isn't performing, she spends her time as a teaching artist traveling to various schools and theatres in New Jersey. She has appeared in countless regional productions as well as regional theatre tours, and holds an AA and BFA in Theatre Performance from Brookdale Community College and Kean University, respectively.