The numbers are in! New Jersey based recording artist, Mara Levine landed soundly in the #1 spot for the month of November on the Folk DJ chart with “You Reap What You Sow,” a bluegrass song with a powerful message that is clearly resonating with radio folks and fans alike this holiday season.
Co-produced by Bob Harris (Vassar Clements), “You Reap What You Sow” showcases Mara’s warm, crystal clear lead vocals on an exquisite bluegrass offering that features the musical talents of some very familiar names in bluegrass and acoustic music. Greg Blake and Mollie O’Brien provide harmony vocals; plus there’s Bob Harris (Guitar), Rob Ickes (Dobro), Andy Leftwich (Mandolin), Mark Schatz (Bass), and Scott Vestal (Banjo).
Upon first hearing the song, penned by Susan Shann, Levine was moved. "The entire song resonated with me as a positive message about doing your best at whatever you do and reaping the rewards or fruits of your labors,” Levine says. “One could also interpret the song to mean caring for others and nurturing relationships, in particular keeping your word and your commitments and that this will be returned to you in kind."
The song fits beautifully with the overall theme of Mara’s forthcoming CD, Facets of Folk, which includes several socially conscious songs, some songs about being a better person and considering how we treat others, as well as some favorites and new discoveries written by contemporary songwriters. The new album is set for release in early 2018. “You Reap What You Sow” is a special offering for bluegrass audiences from the forthcoming folk collection.