Not many just-turned 15-year olds are invited on stage by a legendary group like the Oak Ridge Boys to sing acapella. The captivated audience in Galveston’s prestigious Opry sat enraptured… then came thunderous applause and a standing ovation for Mary Sarah’s rendition of the 1961 Connie Frances hit, “Where the Boys Are,” a song that most artists of her tender age would not even attempt, much less, know.
At 12, Mary Sarah toured the U.S. for 6 months as a featured lead vocalist and dancer in KidzBop®, a Razor & Tie Records and Vee Corporation production, produced by Michael Anderson in Los Angeles. This was an 18-song rock concert from Kidz Bop albums, which to date have racked up 7 Gold albums, with “kid-friendly” cover versions of hits. The experience from performing in front of 4-6,000 kids per show defined her stage presence and earned her national and global popularity.
After the Kidz Bop tour, Mary Sarah returned to Texas and began performing in local and regional Opry Theatres, Town Squares and Charity fundraisers.
Like many top country artists, Mary Sarah’s first performances were in church at age 8. One advantage of living in Texas is the presence of hundreds of country radio stations and numerous regional Opry Theaters and Mary Sarah has performed in almost all of them multiple times, paying tribute to her heroes – the legends of country music.
In April 2014, Mary Sarah made her Ryman Auditorium debut on the Opry Country Classics night appearing with Lynn Anderson and The Oakridge Boys on a night honoring the late Ray Price. In July of the same year, she released the album entitled “Bridges” – Mary Sarah and Friends, featuring duets with Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, among others.
Most recently, Mary Sarah auditioned to be on season 10 of NBC’s The Voice with “Where The Boys Are” by Connie Francis. All four coaches turned their chairs with Blake Shelton being chosen as her coach, making it to the semifinals before being eliminated.
After a whirlwind of a journey, Mary Sarah is back in Nashville and making her Grand Ole Opry debut on May 31st, just 1 week prior to Diva Jam 2016.