After meeting through a classified ad in a San Francisco music magazine, singer/songwriter Elise Bellew and composer/multi-instrumentalist Blake Ryan Dayton began their prolific and long-lived songwriting collaboration, working meticulously to create their own unique sound and style of vibey alternative pop/rock. Bellew’s distinctive ethereal vocals and impactful lyrics joined together with Dayton’s lush orchestrations and unique guitar layerings to create some of the most moving, yet melodic alternative pop/rock that emerged onto the indie scene, joining dream pop predecessors such as The Sundays, Sixpence None The Richer, The Cranberries, Mazzy Star, etc. Evidence of those early influences can be heard on The Mary Dream’s critically-acclaimed full-length release “Beautiful World”. Reflected in their later work, influences from artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Dido and Sia are apparent, especially on their latest recording “This Kind of Life”. To date, The Mary Dream have had numerous songs placed on television, with prominent features on Networks such as ABC, MTV, CBC, Oxygen and more. In October 2014, The Mary Dream’s “Beautiful World” CD was added to Pandora Radio.
In December 2014, Elise’s unique version of “Winter Wonderland” was added to mainstream, in-store holiday radio and will now be played in department stores, malls and restaurants across the U.S. for the month of December every year. Also in December, songs from Bellew Christmas were featured on holiday radio playlists and podcasts by Women of Substance Radio, WOA International Radio, and NPR Radio. In November 2015, Bellew Christmas was added to Pandora Radio!
In March 2015, Elise’s song “Save You” with The Mary Dream was prominently featured on the Season 2 Premiere of MTV’s Finding Carter! The song was played for over 3 minutes and was woven into 3 different scenes at the very end of the episode! Then again in May, Elise’s song “Best Thing” with The Mary Dream was also featured on Finding Carter! A very big THANK YOU to MTV for such fantastic placements!
Elise’s new full-length album is currently in final production with Producer Bryan Steele to be released in early 2017, with “sneak peak” Singles on iTunes! The new album, entitled “Wonderland” features 12 new original songs with a brand new genre for Bellew, which she is calling “Vibey Alternative Electro Pop”. Stay tuned for release dates!