About Mary Lou
"She blasts out of the box with a debut that totally catches you by the ear. The music is folk/roots, the lyrics are such a strong message, Western Union couldn't deliver it." -- Chris Spector, Midwest Record
Mary Lou Fulton’s debut album, "We'll Tell Stories," is a musical journey drawing from her life as a journalist at The Los Angeles Times and Washington Post, as a social justice advocate and daughter of a Mexican immigrant who grew up in the border town of Yuma, Arizona.
"We'll Tell Stories," out Oct 15, is winning an enthusiastic response from reviewers and folk DJs who have aired her songs on more than 100 stations across America.
Mary Lou’s political and personal music takes, in English and Spanish, takes on big themes of our time in a down-to-earth and hopeful way.
"This album is about family, both my own kin and our American family that's struggling so much right now," Mary Lou said. "I named this album 'We'll Tell Stories' because I wanted to emphasize the 'we.' Through sharing stories and songs, we can make personal connections that are needed more than ever to overcome distrust and find some common ground."
With thoughtful lyrics, an expressive voice and modern country-folk sound, she’s inspired by artists like Rhiannon Giddens, Jackson Browne, Raye Zaragoza and Joan Baez who bring both personal and political perspectives to their music.
Mary Lou grew up steeped in the traditional country music of her father, an accomplished bass and steel guitar player. She learned piano as a child and has sung in choirs for nearly all her life. Mary Lou began writing songs just a few years ago and her talent was recognized by the Renaissance Artists and Writers Association, which selected her debut single, Not Going Back, from more than 300 entries as the winner of the 2019 Songs for Social Change contest.
Her music has been covered by Arizona PBS, NPR station KAWC, The Arizona Star and The Yuma Sun, and featured on respected radio programs including The Midnight Special, Folk Scene, Trail Mix on Kansas Public Radio, the Color Me Country podcast hosted by Rissi Palmer, and dozens of other programs.
Mary Lou also was a featured vocalist on "America, Our Home" by the Tucson-based Ronstadt Generations led by Linda Ronstadt's late brother, Michael.
"We’ll Tell Stories" was arranged, recorded and produced in Los Angeles by Rob Seals, a talented multi-instrumentalist and songwriter whose work has appeared on Pretty Little Liars, Ghost Whisperer, Men In Trees, The Hills and many other TV shows and films. Seals is the founder and director of the Songwriting School of Los Angeles.