494: Use Your Voice With Marie Hsiao

Marie Hsiao, also known as Mree, is a Portland based experimental folk artist whose music has drawn the attention of music Use Your Voice With Marie Hsiaoindustry professionals including Grammy Award Winning Artist Bon Iver (Justin Vernon), who shared several of her music videos with his fans and followers. She is a skilled multi-instrumentalist who not only records and produces her own music but films and edits her music videos with stunning visual results. She has released three independent albums to critical acclaim and her music has been featured in numerous national TV shows and ad campaigns.  She began her career performing cover songs on YouTube helping gain her several million video views and tens of thousands of subscribers and Facebook fans worldwide. In 2011, she successfully crossed over to an original artist releasing her self-produced, full length, debut album entitled, Grow. The album debuted at #18 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart and several of her singles have charted on the Top 10 of Amazon.com. Now, Mree has come full circle and her original songs are being covered regularly by a wide array of YouTube artists.

Marie shares what it was like when she decided to use her voice through her music at a middle school talent show and how it was able to build her confidence to pursue her true calling by becoming a successful music artist.


Marie Hsiao is a self producing music artist.

Cultural Background

Marie is of Taiwanese and Bulgarian descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life. There are as many solutions as there are human beings.

Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life. There are as many solutions as there are human beings.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self confidence is being proud of your personality and strengths without holding your weaknesses against you.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Marie struggled with being introverted.  She was called the shy girl in school and no one knew the true Marie because she was known as the polite quiet girl.

The “AHA” Moment

Marie mentioned that music helped her showcase her true self.  She signed up for a talent show in middle school and that is where she found her true voice.  She also won the talent show which made her fears disappear.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Marie feels lucky to find her calling and pursue music.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

It’s okay to follow what your inner self is saying.

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