A STORY OF GRACE

Adopted. Prodigal. Redeemed. Transformed. Liberated.

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"I USED TO SING WITH AN EMPTY PHRASE."
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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, painfulchoices and   living what you think is your dream and still feeling unfulfilled. 


"WASHED CLEAN"  
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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.


"HELP ME GIVE SOMEONE THE GIFT YOU'VE GIVEN TO ME"    
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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 a producer from her country music days 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.  Six 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, Jen Hatmaker, Dr. Voddie Bauchum, Greg Laurie and many others.  Her work has been recognized on a national level for both singing and songwriting, which include:

- 2014, 2013 & 2010 Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Female Vocalist of the Year Awards
- 2015, 2014 & 2013 Inspirational Country Music Top 5 Music Evangelist of the Year Nominations
- 2014 Artist Music Guild Album of the Year for "Strong"
- 3 #1 Singles on the ICM Top 100 Chart for "Strong," "Come to the Well," and "Now That I Know Love."
- 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."

 SAVED TO PROCLAIM

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Taking to heart the verse found in 1 Peter 2:9, "You have been saved to proclaim the excellences 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 a Christ follower.

 

Mary also realizes that most people are looking for resolution in some part of their life.  Whether it is finding happiness, healing or purpose, they are inundated with remedies that often leave the most powerful resource out of the equation-a right relationship with Jesus.  The world is distracting and even deceptive.  Mary understands this and is dedicated to helping others draw near to the only One who is able to meet and satisfy every need.

Through music, transparent personal story, and biblically-centered teaching messages, she stirs the soul, tears down walls and points people to Jesus and His Word. Mary understands that processing life through the filter of God's love and truth changes everything.

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When not traveling and serving in ministry, Mary and her husband Dan enjoy a life filled with family, friends, their furry baby Isaiah, books, movies and as much laughter as possible. 

 

The jewelry found on this website and at her resource table helps support Magpie Madness who contributes a portion of all proceeds to aiding Women's Ministry at Adavancing Native Missions.  In addition, Mary enjoys working with Recovery and Healing Ministries, Pregnacy Care Centers, Foster Care programs or any Christian organization who advocates for the voiceless, at-risk and broken.

 

If you are planning an event, retreat or worship service and are looking for a singer, speaker or both, please visit the Booking Info page for a full list of topics or connect with Mary through the Contact page.  





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"He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5b).