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Inspired by the mountains of Colorado where she was born and raised, Carin Mari is a songwriter from the heart who is passionate about life, playing her own brand of music.

In 2001, music quickly became her passion when dear friend and mentor, Michael Martin Murphey, suggested that Carin learn “I Want to be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart.” After sixteen years of continued dedication, her talents as a guitarist/singer/songwriter have won her numerous awards, including 2009 Entertainer and Songwriter of the year from the NACMA, Southwest Regional Winner for the Texaco Country Showdown, Female Vocalist and Female Entertainer of the year at South Plains College, and runner-up in the 2010 Texaco Country Showdown National Final.

For nine years, she and her two brothers performed coast-to-coast as the band “Carin Mari & Pony Express,” winning numerous awards and playing formidable venues. They worked hard together to release five CD’s that have received world wide airplay. In January 2011, she felt her dreams coming true as she performed one of her original songs on stage at the historic Ryman Auditorium as a competitor in the Texaco Country Showdown.

Although there have been many highlights in her career, being a guest artist on Michael Martin Murphey’s Album, “Tall Grass and Cool Water,” was an incredible honor and has received great reviews. had great comments about their duet of “Springtime In The Rockies,” saying, “Carin Mari sings this duet with clarity, matching Murphey’s authenticity with every yearning note. This song brings the formidable album to a stunning close.”

Carin graduated from South Plains College in 2012 with a degree in Commercial Music, majoring in voice and guitar. In August of 2014, she graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Mass Communication, Leadership, and English. While still pursuing her own career, Carin is also thrilled to be a full time member of, Michael Martin Murphey’s, Rio Grande Band.

After recording her sixth album in Nashville in August of 2015, Carin fell in love with the atmosphere and was inspired to return to Nashville to record her newest album, “Rambling Daughter”. This is Carin’s seventh album and her second professional project as a solo artist.

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