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.