Marie Haddad is a pianist/singer-songwriter from San Diego, California. She started playing piano at the age of 5 but quit formal training at 11 because her attention span required constant breaks for cartwheels. After having to sell her piano in college, she missed playing so much that she would regularly sneak into a well-known San Diego hotel in the middle of the night to practice on the grand in their main
ballroom. Soon, the cleaning staff started to recognize her.
Haddad was a vocalist in the psychedelic rock band the San Diego Beat Organization, which was nominated as Best New Band at the San Diego Music Awards. After the group disbanded, Haddad ventured into performing her own solo material on piano. She has since been honored with nominations at the 2007, 2009, and 2011 San Diego Music Awards as Best Acoustic Act in San Diego, and in 2013 as Best Singer-Songwriter.
The Lifetime TV show “Dance Moms” used Haddad’s song “Why? Why Not.” from her debut album A Beautiful Road in a choreographed dance routine in competition on the show. The response has been impressive, with fans reposting the clip, creating fan-made videos of the song, and translating the lyrics into other languages. The song “Boxing,” found on the new release Stories from Atlantis, was used in the season finale of ABC’s “The Taste!”. “Wishing Well”, from A Beautiful Road, was used in a Hallmark Channel movie. Her original holiday single, “Holiday Cheer!”, had the distinction of being on two Top 100 Independent Holiday Song lists and she’s been awarded a “Top 10 Best Performance in a Live Video” recognition from OurStage.com for her rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Her rendition of Kate Bush’s “Night-Scented Stock” was included on the Bush League’s Running Up That Hill compilation. Haddad’s recent Hoodoo Gurus cover of ‘I Want You Back’ is to be included on an upcoming Australian compilation. Haddad also has composed the music for several short films and has voiced commercial jingles.