Many stories begin the same. Aspiring young singers risk it all for a small chance to be recognized in the Nashville music scene. Most go home empty handed, but there are a few who make an impression. No one to date, not even music veterans, have managed to accomplish that quite like 18 year old, Mary Sarah.
Beginning her career at the age of 12 as a lead vocalist for Kidz Bop gave her a confidence that proved to be useful later in her career. A few years later Mary Sarah entered an original song in the ISC (International Songwriting Competition) and won second place in the teen category. Another monumental break came when country music icons, The Oak Ridge Boys, discovered her on YouTube and invited her to sing with them at the Texas Opry House. She would spend many nights singing all sub genres of country music at the Texas Oprys but her natural connection to traditional songs caught the attention of Nashville music executives. This would prove to be a defining moment for the young singer.
Her inherent love for traditional country led her to a project she could never imagine. In April she will release her new CD, “Bridges” which features a collection of duets between Mary Sarah and bonafide legends. Dolly Parton, Vince Gil, Meryl Haggard, Ronnie Milsap, Tanya Tucker and more lent their iconic voices to the album. Her duet with Ray Price “Heartaches By The Number“, was sadly his very last recording before he passed away from pancreatic cancer in December.
Mary Sarah told the Houston Chronicle, “I never imagined that singing these songs in the Texas Oprys would lead to one day recording them with some of the greatest country legends of our time,” Mary Sarah says. “Working on this album and with these legends has changed my life. Not only did I learn more about traditional country music, it has led me to have a clearer vision of what I want to accomplish in country music.”
There are very few artists in history that have achieved this level of respect so young while remaining completely humble and grounded. Its hard to imagine this is only the beginning for Mary Sarah but with timing and an industry desiring an authentic sound, this just may be the girl to help reground country music back to its original roots.