Follow Your Dreams, They Said.

How do you follow your dreams, when you also have to worry about being an adult? Paying your bills on time, saving money for a down payment on a house (who am I kidding, a house? More like a 500 sq.ft. apartment), climbing the corporate ladder to secure your future, along with all the other worries of adulting.  

Where do you have the time or the resources to actually follow your dreams, whatever it may be?

As I sit here, typing this letter, I’m smiling cheek to cheek (as well as being scared sh*tless), knowing that in a few days, my world will change, drastically. This will be the biggest voluntary change I’ve ever made in my life. I’m so excited to say, I’m leaving my Monday to Friday job to pursue music. I’m following my dreams. EEEEE!!



For those who don’t know me, my name is Marie. I’m a singer, and have been singing professionally, in front of crowds, be it 10 or 75,000 people, for 13 years. Throughout those 13 years, I have also been working a Monday to Friday job, trying to climb the corporate ladder within the marketing realm, specifically in real estate.

I do admit, the job I’m leaving now was a dream job when I first joined the team. The perfect atmosphere for creativity – open space office, like-minded individuals with an environment ripe for collaboration and teamwork, a kickass corporate culture that bumped 90’s rap & R&B in the office all day long, and they allowed their employees to bring their dogs to work – bonus! I love dogs! Everything was perfect, but that powerful force, that higher calling, was pulling me back into the direction of music.

The struggle was, and still is, very real. I have cried more in the past three weeks than I have in the past 10 years. All those “adulting” worries are still there, but I’ve taken steps to ensure I’m not going to flounder or become a starving musician. This has been a decision in the works for a long time….and I think I’ve been subconsciously preparing myself for this day to come.

It always comes back to music. Music is my life, and following the path of music is my dream. I have been a working musician for 13 years, yes, but out of all the songs I perform on stage, I can only proudly say I’ve created 8. Only 8!! I want to create music, I want to create a legacy for myself, not just sing other people’s songs for the rest of my life.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I have a talent that not a lot of other people have. It’s my duty to use this talent because I’m lucky enough to have it. It would be a shame if I didn’t. I would be living a life of regrets, and life is too short for regrets.

I’m fortunate enough to be able to say I'm doing it. I'm following my dreams. I hope that one day the stars will align for you, and you’ll get to tell me that you did the same.

Next step: start writing. Also, take advantage of the last days of my motorcycle insurance. 



Love,
Marie


New Song // Come Back

Hey friends!

It's been a long while since I've posted anything on this site. My plan is to get back into this writing thing, to talk to whomever is listening about not only my journey in music, but my journey in making music my life.

To start, let's all celebrate a new song I've been working on with the Cookie Cartel. Click on the image below to listen to the new song!

It's called Come Back, written by myself and my talented friend Mary Ancheta, and produced and composed by multi-talented Dan Kearley. If you feel so inclined, you can "name your price" to purchase it. Hope you enjoy it!

Love,
Marie



Photoshoot // The Athlete

I have this innate urge to try new things, create new experiences, meet every new person, say yes to (almost) every opportunity that comes my way. When I met my friend's coworker's husband, and when he told me I should try acting, I wasn't too sure about it. I hated Drama class in Grade 8. When the teacher would tell all of us to put our arms in the air and scream, I only did it to pass the class. I was never comfortable being the center of attention, the star of the show. That changed when I found myself singing on stage.

My new agent (I know, an agent!!!) suggested that I get some "athletic styled" photos done. Here they are. Hope this gets me some gigs!







Four Wheels Move the Body. Two Wheels Move the Soul.

The 2016 riding season marked my very first year of riding a motorcycle, and man, was it exhilarating! You couldn't wipe the perma-smile off my face. I'm counting down the days until next season, and for now, I'll settle with admiring my bike parked in my garage. 

Here are a few shots of a photo shoot we did on the backroads of Seymour Mountain, on the North Shore.

Photographer | Dan Kearley of Emotional Response 
Motorcycles | 2016 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone (mine!) & 2012 KTM SuperDuke








Garibaldi Lake x Black Tusk

3 days of hiking and climbing. A 35 pound backpack. No washrooms or showers. Eating freeze dried meals out of bags. The most turquoise-coloured lake I've ever seen. Scaling ancient lava rocks with no rope and no anchors. And an unforgettable experience and a huge sense of accomplishment for this first time hiker in Squamish, the outdoor recreational capital of Canada.

Itinerary 
Day 1 | Rubble Creek parking lot to Garibaldi Lake, 9km
Day 2 | Garibaldi Lake to the top of Black Tusk and back, 12km
Day 3 | Garibaldi Lake back to Rubble Creek parking lot, 9km

The struggle was definitely worth the reward. The hashtag #beautifulbritishcolumbia really rings true.










Merry Melodies of the Christmas Season

Something you may not know about me....I love singing Christmas music. I get a lot of joy out of it. Maybe it's the simplicity and openness of the song structure, where musicians can play in and around the chords. Or the way people react when they hear a familiar Christmas tune, and sing along because they know every word. Or maybe because I get to use sleigh bells.

No matter what it is, Christmastime always feels so warm, no matter how cold it is outside.

Here's a snippet of some of my favourite Christmas songs, recorded at the Coast Capital Christmas Square at the Rogers Santa Claus Parade on Sunday, December 4, 2016.

Enjoy, and happy holidays!

Happy Holidays from Us & The Canucks

A few weeks ago, Clay Imoo (@CanuckClay), Arielle Tuliao (@ajtuliao) and I had the opportunity to create a holiday video with the Vancouver Canucks - using their film crew at Rogers Arena, with special guests appearances by players Ben Hutton and Jake Virtanen. A few different sets, a few costume changes and about 5 hours later, we had a video!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!


















If you're looking for more Christmas Canucks cheer, check out last year's video!

Celebrating Canada with the Seattle Seahawks


Sunday, October 18, 2015 marked my second NFL anthem appearance. 69,020 people in attendance, and apparently it was a record-breaking number for the Seahawks. It was definitely a record-breaking number for me!

I'm so thankful that I was chosen to be a part of the Canadian Appreciation Day experience. I felt as patriotic as ever, standing in front of a crowd of Americans, peppered with Canadians, singing our National Anthem, then, singing the American National Anthem. The roar of the crowd was unlike anything I've ever experienced. Intimidating...but I think it's the adrenaline rush of the thrill that keeps me wanting more and more.

It is a true privilege and a great honor to share my talent with the world, one anthem at a time.


Celebrating our country, the true north, strong and free, with the Seattle Seahawks. What a thrill! #12North #OhCanada
Posted by Marie Hui on Monday, October 19, 2015

Singing the American anthem in front of 69,020 people in America is really intimidating. I'm getting anxious watching...
Posted by Marie Hui on Monday, October 19, 2015