Agawam native sculpts pain, faith into melodic treatise
By Katelyn Gendron
Reminder Assistant Editor
AGAWAM -- The music industry's most famed performers have the ability to extricate their pain and fashion it into melodic treatises of enduring strength and hope.
Marjorie Savoie of Agawam has sculpted her pain and faith into her debut album "You've Brought Me a Long, Long Way," released earlier this month.
"A lot of my music is recovery themed, so whoever has struggled with addiction would find my music encouraging," she told Reminder Publications. "I have a lot of personal experiences that have inspired me to write on those topics."
Savoie added that her album, which she wrote, recorded and produced in her home, mixes the musical genres of blues, jazz and country centered around themes of "forgiveness, restoration and plan and purpose for people's lives."
"I gain inspiration from my faith," she explained. "Most of the CD is faith-based and a lot of it has to do with a relationship with God, but it's not [a] religious [album]. It's about hope and purpose ... the main theme is that no matter how bad somebody has messed things up in life, there's always second chances."
Savoie added one of the tracks on the album, "Draw Me Out (The Autistic Child)," was inspired by her work as a paraprofessional and children with autism. She noted that all proceeds from the sale of the song will be donated to the May Institute, which provides research and services for families and children with autism and other mental impairments.
Savoie shares the track with her 12-year-old daughter Carina, who she said "provided a voice for children who are unable to speak for themselves."
Carina explained that she enjoys performing music with her mother and was honored to lend her voice to the song in honor of those with autism. Like her mother, she said, the power of music helps to comfort her and cope when life gets rough.
When asked if she plans to release subsequent albums, Marjorie replied that she's far from done writing, singing and producing songs.
Marjorie's next live performance will be on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at The Radical Roaster, 249 East St., Ludlow, followed by a performance at The Underground Cafe, 522 Springfield St., Feeding Hills on Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
For additional information on Marjorie's album or to listen to tracks, visit her Facebook page or log onto iTunes.
To contact her directly, e-mail MSavoie5@verizon.net