Mary Gauthier



The Associated Press named singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier one of the best songwriters of her generation. Her sophomore release Filth and Fire was named the No. 1 Independent CD-ROM of the year by Jon Pareles of the New York Times. Her record Mercy Now was named in the top five records of the decade by No Depression magazine. Her songs, recorded by dozens of artists, have been used extensively in film and television. She performs more than 200 dates a year, and has often been called a writer’s writer.






11:15 a.m. to noon
Entertainment Stage

2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Senate Chamber
Rhymer, Searching for a Song

Compact Disc Signing
4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Album: The Foundling

The Foundling is Mary Gauthier’s story. She was born to an unwed mother in 1962 and was subsequently surrendered to and spent her first year in St. Vincent's Women and Infants Asylum on Magazine Street in New Orleans. She was adopted shortly thereafter but left her adopted family at age 15. She wandered for years looking for — but never quite finding — a place that felt like home. She searched for, found and was denied a meeting with her birth mother when she was 45 years old. She couldn't afford to reopen the wound she'd carried her whole life — the wound of surrendering a baby.


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