An accomplished pianist/vocalist, Mariah Picot has spent her life in the arts. After childhood concerts and formal training completing a Bachelor of Music in voice at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, she started a professional career in musical theatre, with lead roles in many musicals and cabarets in Toronto and across western Canada. She has also had extensive theatre training with teachers from CAST (Centre for Actors’ Study in Toronto) in Toronto, and Herbert Bergoff Studio in NYC.
Mariah was asked to sing for the Canadian Command Performance at Massey Hall, along with other guests including Jim Carrey, Rich Little, and Buffy St. Marie. She was the only performer that evening to have two paragraphs written about her by the reviewer in the Toronto Star, Ray Conalogue, who called her “a dynamic singer.”
She eventually changed her focus to jazz piano studies, and began performing in piano bars. Her longest running gig was 2.5 years at Tom Jones Steak House, right in the middle of the theatre district.
Brought to Florida in the late 90’s for a gig, Mariah began working in clubs and hotels as a solo artist. She was also a member of Steeplechase, a jazz quartet with an emphasis on vocal harmony. She has since been heading her own group, The Mariah Picot Trio, and Quartet, on piano/vocals where she sings in English, French, Portuguese and Italian.
Mariah has been the musical director at various churches for 20 years, for whom she has written, directed and co-produced two multimedia musical events and concerts. She is currently the Choir Director at First Christain Church of Lewisville.
In the spring of 2004, Mariah and the Bill Peterson Trio released a CD of “jazz influenced art songs with a spiritual perspective,” to critical acclaim. The CD, called “Notes on the Bridge…,” featured 8 original songs by Mariah, as well as her original lyrics to 5 of Bill Peterson’s tunes. So far, she has a catalogue of about 60 tunes.
In Canada, she has performed at Massey Hall, appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, performed original tunes for August Moon artist showcase, and been seen at the Performing Arts Lodge, in various cabarets and piano bars, on tour with the show band Chameleon, and at a variety of corporate events.
In Florida, Mariah has been seen at the Gulf Jazz Society Jazz Jubilee, Seaside Jazz Festival, Seaside Concert Series, Gulf Place Concert series, Concerts in the Park, Monk & More Jazz Gumbo, Gulf Beach Presbyterian Concert Series, Unity of Tallahassee, plus countless corporate and private events along the Gulf Coast. Since moving to Dallas in 2007, she has appeared in local clubs, both solo and with her trio, as well as at the Unity Dallas Concert series and events at the Dallas Convention Center.
Mariah has been working with Erica and Shane as accompanist and teacher since they opened the original studio in Grapevine. She has a musical in development and several of the students have been involved in professional reads at the studio. She is delighted to be part of the Acting Studio staff.