No Need To 'Cry' 'A River' Over These Mara Hruby Performances


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Age really is nothin' but a number, as popular torch song "Cry Me A River" is about 60 years old, and people are still singing it. It's one of those songs that we all can say we've heard a billion times and heard sung through various voices (it's most famous reading was done by jazz singer/actress Julie London), yet it ceases to age as it's heartbreaking lyrics continue to resonate into the present. Personally, I prefer Patti Austin's reading of the 1953 song, but during a special showcase sponsored by Billboard, Mara Hruby fully convinced me that she and "Cry Me A River" are a match made in heaven as the Bay Area songstress puts a real vocal killing on it. With the simple yet intimate backdrop of a solo guitar and her rocking a classic look (dig on the red lipstick and those earrings), Hruby vocally plows through the song, and we can hear and feel every teardrop with each verse. Slated for her upcoming EP, Archaic Rapture (out March 18th), "Cry Me A River" wasn't the only song Hruby took to task, as she tops things off with her familiar take on Van Hunt's "Character." It's been a beat since we've last heard from Ms. Hruby (who if you remember wowed us back in 2010 with her debut EP, From Her Eyes) and well, it's great to hear her lovely voice again, especially on timeless material such as this.

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