If there's one thing that Mary understands, it's the transforming work of Christ. One to whom grace abounds, she is a testimony of the new life that is given to the sinner who repents and to the prodigal who returns. "Before Christ, I existed....but now I live," she shares.
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. She lived with the false belief that she was unloved and unwanted and for many years journeyed down a path of self-destruction. After years of searching, she finally surrendered her life to Christ.
Based on 1 Peter 2:9, Mary uses her God-given talents as a Singer, Worship Leader, Speaker and Writer to point people to God's saving grace and how His truth and love can transform their personal stories. Some of the most powerful testimonies come from the deepest, darkest places and Mary's mission is to help people emerge from those at-risk places of the heart-where shame, guilt, secret sin, perfectionism, and the I'm-too-damaged" myths reside-to embrace His love and healing. Courageously going where many won't, Mary shows how, when we humbly take ownership of our present condition, God intervenes and seals our cracks with His light...transforming them into ones of purpose.
Some days, life doesn't make sense; some days, life even looks impossible. But each day, we can be filled to the measure with His Spirit to continue the process, acknowledging His presence with each faithful step. This approach of working out her salvation became the springboard to Mary's ministry of compelling others to live transparently, humbly surrendering to God's revelation and ultimately living out the charge found in 1 Peter 2:9 that we are, "Saved to Proclaim the excellence of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light."
Adopted at birth and raised in a musical family, Mary's talents were recognized at an early age when she began to sing solos in her Father's church and at school. Her teachers encouraged the budding talent, and she was given the opportunity to pursue vocal training and perform publicly. She went on to join The Young Americans and eventually majored in Theatre at San Diego State University. Though Mary had been trained as a Classical vocalist, she experimented with her unique vocal sound and found her home in Contemporary Country Music. She began performing in local venues while honing her craft as a songwriter, but she recalls that it was "all very empty." It was not until after her salvation in 1999, as she served on her church worship team and began writing music focused on Christ, that she discovered her true purpose in music, "Sing and write music that shines His light into life."
Since that time she has gone on to release 5 full-length recording projects which have graciously garnered many nominations, awards and much radio success. Her latest project "Strong," like her other projects, hopes to encourage the broken-hearted with the promise that their wounds are never beyond heaven's reach. AnneMarie Edwards from Eve's Crown Magazine writes, "While everyone has their own struggles, God's mercy is freely available and abundant for all. Strong is just that, a powerful reminder that even in the midst of imperfection and discouragement, God's power is the ultimate force behind human resilience."
In addition to the music, Mary is called to speak for Women's Events, Retreats, Fundraisers and various other Christian functions. Her Biblically-based, relatable and conversational messages, are ones that transcend generations, as God's healing and revelation is an ongoing need of women from every stage of life.
Her compassion for the forgotten and vulnerable has extended into an Artist Partnership with Compassion International, who is committed to rescuing children from poverty in Jesus' name.
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Married for almost 15 years, Mary and her husband Dan, have 4 children and 2 grandchildren between them. They currently attend Reliance Church in Temecula, California, and share a passion for music. When on stage, Dan is often by Mary's side playing acoustic guitar, if not surprising her with a song or two.
When not traveling and serving in ministry, you can find them spending time with family and friends, hanging out with their two dogs Scooter and Isaiah, watching a good movie, taking a walk, laughing as much as possible and doing all they can to stay away from junk food. Enjoying a good bowl of vanilla ice cream is still on the list, but on a very limited basis.
They understand life as a blended family, that marriage is amazing when you do it God's way and that their need for Christ as important today as it was when they went to the cross together 15 years ago. They share, "We have most certainly failed God, but He has never failed us. We want all to personally know the goodness and sufficiency of Christ."
"He writes my story into His song my life for the glory of God." - Christa Wells