Coun­try Singer Mary Sarah to Per­form at Ris­ing Stars & Legends of Texas

Event cel­e­brat­ing arts and cul­ture in the Lone Star State brings first-class coun­try act to Con­roe

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Singer Mary Sarah has made her way from singing in churches to Nashville stardom – mov­ing from stages in Hous­ton to the set of the pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion show “The Voice,” and from re­gional Opry the­aters to the spot­light of the Grand Ole Opry it­self.

Now the ef­fer­ves­cent coun­try star is pre­par­ing to shine in Con­roe as part of the Ris­ing Stars & Legends of Texas, a cel­e­bra­tion of arts and cul­ture in the Lone Star State.

Dur­ing the spe­cial event, which kicks off at 6 p.m. on Fri­day, April 21, at the Lone Star Mon­u­ment and His­tor­i­cal Flag Park, 104 In­ter­state 45 in Con­roe, the Greater Con­roe Arts Al­liance will present art and artists from Con­roe and around Texas for a fete of vis­ual, per­form­ing, lit­er­ary and cul­tural arts.

The evening will fea­ture the rais­ing of the 13 flags that have flown over Texas, and Mary Sarah will serve as a spe­cial guest, singing “The Star-Span­gled Ban­ner” a cap­pella and “God Bless Amer­ica” ac­com­pa­nied by gui­tar.

On Satur­day, April 22, Mary Sarah will per­form a 45-minute con­cert at 1 p.m. at Her­itage Place, later singing the na­tional an­them at the be­gin­ning of the Con­roe Symphony Orches­tra’s “Cel­e­brat­ing the Classics” con­cert, which be­gins at 7:30 p.m. on Satur­day, April 22, at Con­roe High School lo­cated at 3200 W. Davis St.

“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 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. Her sec­ond al­bum, “Bridges,” in 2014 show­cased duets with some of coun­try mu­sic’s biggest names in­clud­ing Dolly Par­ton, Wil­lie Nel­son, Merle Hag­gard, Vince Gill and The Oak Ridge Boys.

In 2016, Mary Sarah stepped into the na­tional spot­light through NBC’s “The Voice.” She fin­ished in fifth place on #TeamBlake in Sea­son 10, mak­ing her Grand Ole Opry de­but the same year, and has since graced the iconic stage a num­ber of times. In the 11th sea­son of “The Voice,” Mary Sarah was in­vited back to co-host the show’s Kohl’s Green Room.

Now Mary Sarah is back to writ­ing songs, and work­ing on a new project due out this year.

“The beau­ti­ful thing about writ­ing is you can find inspiration al­most any­where around you,” she said. “Mu­sic is the one thing that con­nects us all. I love to 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.

MARY SARAH - BY CHRIS HOLLO

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