Why hire Mary James?
Mary James is a gifted singer, songwriter, worship leader and speaker with a powerful message to share. Through thought-provoking original songs, worship that is devoted to honoring God, and a personal testimony that will undeniably reveal the beauty of God's grace, Mary brings a unique blend of story and song that impacts the human heart in a profound way.
Deep, authentic and worshipful, her unique mix of country, rock and contemporary Christian genres have endeared her to audiences around the country and beyond. Whether sharing in a church service, concert, women's event, college chapel or outreach event, Mary's message digs deep into the soul, tears down walls and points people to Jesus. Her highly acclaimed songs are born out of the journey of her own pain and transformation. While she is a consummate professional with an amazing talent and excellence in all she does, it is her personal story, humble heart and pointedly honest, yet appropriate transparency that captures her audiences and provides them with a tangible reminder of the hope and restoration that is found in Christ alone. The many dimensions of her story resonate with her listeners on a personal level, affirming the scripture, "If anyone is in Christ He is a new creation, old things have passed away; behold all things have become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17
Born to an unwed teen and then adopted by a pastor and his wife who suffered from alcoholism, Mary felt unloved and unwanted early on. As a young girl, she lost faith in Jesus and turned to worldly trappings and a destructive lifestyle in an effort to numb the deep hurt within her. Eventually, Mary became a teenage runaway and walked through some of life's darkest valleys with the belief that her life on earth was a mistake. In the midst of her most tumultuous years she was divinely reunited with her birth parents and although it answered many questions, she still spent a good portion of her life running. Today, Mary lives with a message of hope and redemption because of the relationship she now has in Christ. Mary is now called to sing and speak approximately 80-100 times per year for audiences of all ages. She has been invited to lead worship or provide special music at events with leading Bible teachers and speakers such as Dr. David Jeremiah, Kay Arthur, Kirk Cameron, Nancy Stafford, Miles McPherson, Thelma Wells, Ken Davis, and many more.
Additionally, she has been on the billing or shared the stage with gifted Artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Guy Penrod, The Isaacs, Jamie O'Neal, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Sawyer Brown, Buddy Jewel, The Roys, Andy Griggs, Eve Selis and others.
Among her recent accomplishments are:
2011 ICM Nominations for Entertainer of the Year, Music Evangelist and Female Vocalist
2011 Christian Women in Media Association President's Award Recipient
2010 Inspirational Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year
2010 Christian Music Hall of Fame, Christian Country Female Vocalist of the Year
Band Options: Mary with full band (5-7 pieces) - Mary with acoustic band (2 guitars only) or Mary (alone with tracks).
Frequent Booking Types: Church Worship Services & Events where a guest Worship Leader/Special Music guest is needed, Women's Events/Conferences/Retreats (Combination Special Music and Keynote program frequently requested), Concerts/Outreach Events (Testimony often requested), Worship/Special Music for Marriage Conferences & Retreats, Celebrate Recovery & Ministries that involve at risk individuals, Crisis Pregnancy Care Center (Music /Keynote), Country themed events that need to be supported with positive Country music, Fundraisers.
Dan Barker: Director of Operations and Musician
Gary Livesay: Lead Guitar
Mike Wiley: Bass
Bob Sale: Drums
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 45 - 90 minutes
Testimonials: "While the talents and gifts of Mary James are obvious, as well as numerous; so too is her open love and commitment to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The storms of life have had an eternal impact on both her faith and career as a Christian artist. Mary's ability to minister to a wide range of audiences is just one result of having not only survived the storms, but having thrived through them as God has developed her heart for him. Mary's music ministers to believers as well as calls out to those who have yet to meet the Savior. Her faith is genuine and her voice contagious. She is a walking testimony of the grace of Christ that is available to anyone who will call on His name. Along with being a talented singer, she is also very comfortable sharing her faith and her testimony is well received. Mary, may God's hand continue to be upon you, your family, and your ministry." -Ben Harris, Men's Pastor, Shadow Mountain Community Church (2) "Our church is still basking in the glow of your marvelous and uplifting concert yesterday. You are such a blessing, so talented and delightful as a person. Mary I can't tell you how your testimony in music moved our ladies and dovetailed beautifully with Yvonne's message. The Holy Spirit showed up in a big way through you. Thank you for gracing us with your presence. Lives were touched, even changed by your bold, but sensitive message of God's saving grace." ~Carol LeBeau, Public Speaker and former Channel 10 News Anchor
Stage and equipment requirements provided at the time of booking,
Contract and rider is available upon request.
Varies depending on ministry needs.
Available for Your
Awards Night, Christmas Party, Church Service, Concert Venue, Convention, Cruise, Fair, Festival, Fundraiser, Funeral Service, Graduation, Religious Celebration, Retreat, Seminar, Studio Session, Wedding Ceremony
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