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Wil Maring

As Wil Maring sat for long summer hours as a teenager at her family's roadside vegetable stand, picking out self-made tunes on her Sears guitar to pass the time, she never dreamed of the path she would one day follow. Despite college degrees in fine art and museum studies, Wil has become a highly acclaimed songwriter, a previous winner of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest and a finalist in the 2007 Kerrville New Folk competition, and has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry with her original music, in addition to touring extensively in Europe and Japan. Wil’s songs arise from her rural midwestern roots and paint vivid pictures of her southern Illinois landscapes, but also address emotional topics universal to the human experience. They will take you places you won’t want to leave.

"I think Wil is one of the most talented singer/songwriters around… love her music." - Carl Jackson, Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter/producer

"Wil is a talented, sensitive singer and writer, one of those rare individuals who lives her music and makes just the right choices when crafting it. She deserves a bigger audience. " - Tim Stafford, Grammy winner and founder of award-winning band Blue Highway,

“Her music is special. Her lyrics are some of the best crafted lyrics I've heard in a very long time. She's got Don Henley's ability to say something profound using everyday words in just the right order.” Michael Laskow, President CEO of TAXI, independent A&R

“….She has established herself as one of the genre's premier songwriters. Her songs are always thoughtful, tastefully arranged, arrestingly executed, melodically interesting and pack a 20-megaton emotional wallop.
- Dave Higgs, syndicated Bluegrass Breakdown, WPLN Nashville, TN

I believe that I’ve found an American treasure; she’s that good, both as a writer and as a performer.Wil Maring could be classified as bluegrass or folk but that wouldn’t give you a true picture of her breadth as a writer and performer. What we have here is a case of real Americana--This is music from the heartland – and from the heart.... Overall she brings forth great music that will last a lifetime." Steve Clarke of Acoustic Planet, CHES-Ontario