pretend to cry: EPK


“There was a dark period in my life where someone important to me became a stranger. The desire for closeness is so strong in some people that it drives them to suffocate the ones they love. ‘Pretend to cry’ is about liberating myself from a relationship that turned toxic. It's about the freedom to walk away.” - Majel


Majel Connery is a vocalist, composer and roving musicologist. Her music has been called “thoroughly Schubertian” by the Wall Street Journal, and her voice “crystalline” by the Chicago Reader. Most recently, Connery wrote songs about porn, periods, and sad fish for five episodes of Radiolab’s “Gonads” series. Connery performs and records most frequently with NY-based performer/composer collective Oracle Hysterical, and as a solo artist. She is currently touring her debut EP, Anything Chartreuse, called “dreamy art pop with the sensitivity and nuance of classical music” (Second Inversion).

After moving to the Bay Area in 2013 to take an assistant professorship in musicology at the University of California Berkeley, Connery left academia in 2015 to pursue a career as a professional musician. Since then, as Mohr Visiting Artist at Stanford (2017-18), she commissioned and performed Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw’s “Contriving the Chimes,” written for Connery and the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and staged by opera director Christopher Alden. In 2016, as Mellon Visiting Artist at Wellesley, she commissioned and performed Aeolus, a throat-singing rock opera by Rome- and Berlin Prize-winning composer Ken Ueno. This past spring, Connery co-taught a “Voice” seminar at Princeton with poet & collaborator Jeff Dolven.




… coming out Sept 24!!


pre-order on Bandcamp


Sept 17-22 CHICAGO

Sept 17 Drawing Room, Arts Club of Chicago

Sept 19 Hyde Park Salon Series

Sept 20 Richard Gray Gallery/EXPO Chicago

Sept 22 Constellation

Oct 19-26 NYC

Oct 19 Soho House party

Oct 20 Williamsburg House party

Oct 25 Zingara Vintage, Far Rockaway

Oct 26 Washington Heights House Party

Nov 7-17 BAY AREA (TBD)

Nov 7 Red Door House Concerts



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“uninflected and vibrato free … borrowing from the interpretive sophistication of jazz … and the deliberate naivete of folk-rock.”
Wall Street Journal

“...singer Majel Connery expertly draw[s] upon a wide swath of approaches—British folk, madrigal, art rock.”
Bandcamp Daily

“Connery has achieved the practically impossible: she makes contemporary opera feel both accessible and hip.”KQED

“Connery’s smooth, sultry vocals flow in long, legato lines …”
Second Inversion

“Majel Connery … has the temperament of a lion tamer”
 - SF Classical Voice