From unwanted to Beloved, from broken to beautiful.

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When Mary writes lyrics like, "Never once felt you were good enough," or "I used to sing with an empty phrase," she is writing from a well-known vantage point.  It was in those deep, broken places that she  found her voice and purpose. 

Born to a mother who was not ready to be a parent and then faced with unfortunate circumstances in her adoptive home, Mary became convinced that her life on earth was a mistake.  Living with the lie that she was unloved and unwanted, she learned something about running away, escaping into drugs and alcohol, making harmful painful choices, and living what you think is "the dream" and still feeling unfulfilled. 

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Though classically trained, Mary initially pursued a career in country music, performing in clubs and joining the Nashville Songwriters Association International.  Relishing the opportunity to hone her craft as a singer and songwriter, in retrospect she admits that her efforts were all "very empty."

At the invitation of two Christian co-workers, Mary, her two children and  fiance attended a play that shared the truth about sin and salvation, resulting in a life-changing night where they accepted Christ as a family.  Mary's daughter remembers it as the moment when we were "washed clean." 

For the first time in her thirty-four years, it was clear.  All the insecurities, addictions, choices and uncertainties converged with God's grace and mercy, giving her the assurance that had eluded her for so long.  He would take Mary's past and transform it into a beautiful platform to reach others; though the details were still fuzzy, she knew His plans would be the only plans that would fulfill her.

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Realizing that her gifts were from and for God, Mary's advancement to  public ministry began with serving as a worship leader at The Rock Church in San Diego.  God then began to open numerous doors for her to serve in churches, at women's retreats and other similar venues. 

When San Diego-based producer, Steve Wetherbee, reached out to her about recording a Christian album, Mary recognized the Lord's timing; He renewed her dreams as an artist and songwriter, but with a new focus: devotion to His work.  Seven CD's later, her efforts have progressed into full-time ministry using worship, original music, keynote messages and writing to point people directly to Jesus. 


Since entering ministry in 2000, she has been honored to lead worship and share through special music at events with leading Bible teachers such as Dr. David Jeremiah, Kay Arthur, Sheila Walsh, Dr. Voddie Bauchum, Greg Laurie and many others.  Her work has been recognized on a national level for both singing and songwriting, which include:

- 2017 Inspirational Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year (Awarded 4/5/18)
- 2016 Inspirational Country Music Video of the Year
- 2016 SGN Scoops, Christian Country Expo, Female Vocalist of the Year
- 2014, 2013 & 2010 Inspirational Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year
- 2014 Artist Music Guild Album of the Year for "Strong"
- 2011 Christian Women in Media President's Award

Despite the achievements, Mary knows who graciously provides each and every opportunity, recognizing that the big steps, little steps and even the missteps are critical.  As she sings in Well Run Dry:  "Lord, here I stand today by the well-spring of Your Love, it's stretching out as far as I can see. God please help to give someone the gift you've given to me."


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Taking to heart the verse found in 1 Peter 2:9, "You have been saved to proclaim the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light," Mary's first charge in ministry is to share God's Gospel of grace and help others do the same. It is the mission of her non-profit organization and is, what she believes to be, "the greatest act of love offered by a Christ follower."


Mary also realizes that most people are looking for resolution in some part of their life.  Whether it is finding healing, strength, freedom, or purpose, she is devoted to helping others draw near to the only One who is able to help them rise above their circumstances and live as overcomers.

If you are planning an event, retreat or worship service and are in need of a singer, speaker, or both, please visit Mary's Speaking page for a full list of topics or connect with her through the Contact page.  God bless you!  


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"Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." Romans 8:37