MARY ANN YOUNG
Singer-Songwriter / Musician / Producer
"I am not driven by the desire to be famous. If I live my life experiencing the joy of having a few TRUE friends, then I will have lived a very rich life. I also don't want to live a life of mediocrity; I truly DO want to press on toward a higher mark. I want to leave a legacy that will endure for generations. I want my life to count for something that is bigger than me."
~Mary Ann Young
Mary Ann Young is an award-winning singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Tennessee. Over the years, Mary Ann has written a vast array of compositions with styles ranging from deeply moving ballads, soothing instrumentals for meditation, worship music, mountain music (featuring the dulcimer), adult contemporary, electronica, and splashes of classical.
Mary Ann was recently recognized at Great American Song Contest as a top Finalist for her moving ballad, "Where Birds Can Fly" in the Singer-Songwriter category for 2019. Her powerful ballad, "A Great Big World" won outstanding songwriting awards at Great American Song Contest in the Christian/Inspirational category. *See Great American Song Contest for 2008 and 2009.
As long as Mary Ann can remember, she has always been drawn to creating music. At the age of eight, Mary Ann began her studies in piano and having an unusually gifted ear for music, began pursuing other instruments not long afterward. At the age of ten, she began her studies in percussion where she learned how to play a wide variety of percussive instruments. At the age of sixteen, Mary Ann began playing the acoustic guitar and later taught herself to play the bass guitar. She has recently picked up another stringed instrument - the mountain dulcimer.
One of Mary Ann's highlights in her musical career was when she was invited as a guest artist and interviewed on the popular television show, Sacramento & Company on News10 (ABC). She also has toured with bands throughout the United States as well as different parts of the world, sharing the gift of music as a featured vocalist.
Her latest 2020 EP record, Eyes Straight Ahead, was just released February of this year. This project includes her award-winning ballad, "Where Birds Can Fly" dedicated to our women in prison. Truly they are the forgotten ones.
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WHERE BIRDS CAN FLY "The title is immediately intriguing, and you set it up aptly within the warmly compelling chorus - And the spiritual undertone of the poetic allegory beautifully distinguishes the theme. So, it's my pleasure to inform you that this song achieved finalist status. Congratulations - we wish you all the best in your songwriting pursuits. I hope we'll hear more from you in the years ahead. Keep writing, learning and pursuing your craft." ~Judge for Great American Song Contest 2019