Ep45: Mary Spender on finding a smarter route to a full-time music career and building a huge fanbase on YouTube

Ep45: Mary Spender on finding a smarter route to a full-time music career and building a huge fanbase on YouTube

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Combining her sultry voice and electric guitar to create rock songs infused with blues and soul, Mary Spender’s songwriting showcases her virtuosic style of guitar playing as well as her wide vocal range.

Mary has amassed over 46 million hits on her YouTube channel, with nearly half a million subscribers watching her weekly videos, predominantly targeted towards guitarists and singer/songwriters.

She also offers online courses in Ableton Live (with producer Rachel K Collier) and Fingerstyle Guitar for Beginners on her website maryspender.com.

In this conversation, we discuss:

  • finding a smarter way to grow your audience as a musician – opting out of the traditional singer-songwriter slog to make a full-time job of being a guitar nerd
  • what it takes to go from zero to half a million YouTube subscribers
  • how finishing John Mayer’s song for him led to a surprise package in the post
  • negative online comments – finding empathy for those who love to hate you on the internet

Things to do next:

+ Visit Mary’s website for her music, videos, courses and Patreon
+ Subscribe to her YouTube channel here
+ Find Mary on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook





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