“I always love going back to Texas; it’s home,” Sarah said. Although she was born in Oklahoma, her parents “moved to the Lone Star State as soon as we could,” according to her mother, Patricia Gross. Mary Sarah attended Foster High School in Richmond and knew then that music was her calling. She credits her piano teacher for recognizing her talent at age 8. “My teacher told me, ‘You have a natural vibrato; you should get a vocal coach,’ ” she said. By age 12, she was a featured lead vocalist and dancer for Kidz Bop. “It exposed me to the touring life and I got the experience of singing in front of tens of thousands,” Mary Sarah said. “I was able to connect with an audience and I just fell in love with it.” Her whole family has supported MARY SARAH - BY CHRIS HOLLO her pursuit of music as a career. “It’s become a dream of all of ours,” she said. “My sister, brother, mom and dad all work extremely hard. They saw a passion in me, and they support me 100 percent.” Mary Sarah released her first album “Crazy Good” in 2010. Event celebrating arts and culture in the Lone second album, “Bridges,” in Star State brings first-class country act to Conroe Her 2014 showcased duets with some of country music’s biggest names including Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Vince Singer Mary Sarah has made her around Texas for a fete of visual, Gill and The Oak Ridge Boys. way from singing in churches to performing, literary and cultural In 2016, Mary Sarah stepped Nashville stardom – moving from arts. into the national spotlight stages in Houston to the set of The evening will feature the through NBC’s “The Voice.” She the popular television show “The raising of the 13 flags that have finished in fifth place on #TeamVoice,” and from regional Opry flown over Texas, and Mary Sarah Blake in Season 10, making her theaters to the spotlight of the will serve as a special guest, sing- Grand Ole Opry debut the same Grand Ole Opry itself. ing “The Star-Spangled Banner” a year, and has since graced the Now the effervescent country cappella and “God Bless America” iconic stage a number of times. star is preparing to shine in Con- accompanied by guitar. In the 11th season of “The Voice,” roe as part of the Rising Stars & On Saturday, April 22, Mary Mary Sarah was invited back to Legends of Texas, a celebration of Sarah will perform a 45-minco-host the show’s Kohl’s Green arts and culture in the Lone Star ute concert at 1 p.m. at Heritage Room. State. Place, later singing the national Now Mary Sarah is back to writDuring the special event, which anthem at the beginning of the ing songs, and working on a new kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, April Conroe Symphony Orchestra’s project due out this year. 21, at the Lone Star Monument “Celebrating the Classics” con“The beautiful thing about writand Historical Flag Park, 104 In- cert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. ing is you can find inspiration terstate 45 in Conroe, the Greater on Saturday, April 22, at Conroe almost anywhere around you,” Conroe Arts Alliance will present High School located at 3200 W. she said. “Music is the one thing art and artists from Conroe and Davis St. that connects us all. I love to 10 PUBLIC NEWS www.publicnewsonline.com MARCH 29 - APRIL 18, 2017
Country Singer Mary Sarah to Perform at Rising Stars & Legends of Texas
write about challenges I face. I’m imperfect, and that’s ok. It’s not just forgiveness of others that’s important. You have to be able to forgive yourself.” Rising Stars & Legends of Texas kicks off at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21, at Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park with the raising of the 13 flags that have flown over Texas, musical entertainment and special guests. The festivities move to downtown Conroe until 10:00 p.m. and continue on Saturday, April 22, from noon - 10:00 p.m. when the streets will be filled with fun, food, entertainment for the whole family and lots of fabulous art. There is no entrance fee to Rising Stars & Legends of Texas. Food trucks will be available, shops will be open, and there will be many opportunities to purchase fine art. Tickets for Stage Right’s production of a full-length play by Texas playwright Jesse Jones will be available for purchase, as will tickets to Conroe Symphony Orchestra’s Saturday evening concert with a full program of entertainment. Rising Stars & Legends of Texas is presented by the Greater Conroe Arts Alliance, comprising 13 arts and culture organizations and encompassing the visual, performing, literary and cultural arts. Generous sponsors of this exciting event include: First Financial Bank, Impact Printing, James Avery, Mack Barnhill State Farm, Woodforest National Bank, Keating Honda-Nissan, Soules Insurance, Hailey-Sadler Properties, Conroe Convention & Visitors Bureau, Lone Star Community Radio, Hello Beautiful Boutique, and Alice and John Eckstrum, Lone Star College-Montgomery, The Courier, Mike and Patsy McLemore, City of Conroe and Spirit of Texas Bank. For more information about the young country star, visit marysarah.com. For more information about Rising Stars & Legends of Texas, visit artsinconroe.org.
Houston's Arts & Entertainment Digital Press March 29 - April 18, 2017