Singer and songwriter Mary James has just released her brand new worship album "Overflow." The CD was released on February 26, 2017, through CD Baby and all digital outlets. A CD release concert was held on 2/26 at Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, CA in celebration of the release.
In May 2016, Mary James headed to Griffin, Georgia, to record her 7th studio album with the gifted Jason Hoard. Jason has produced projects for Mac Powell (Third Day), Shane and Shane, The Museum and many others; not to mention his stellar musicianship skills. Jamie O'Neal co-produced vocals and joined Mac Powell to sing on the record's final song "Heavenly Shores."
Born to a mother who was not ready to be a parent and then faced with unfortunate circumstances in her adoptive home, Mary became convinced that her life on earth was a mistake. Living with the lie that she was unloved and unwanted, she learned something about running away, escaping into drugs and alcohol, making harmful painful choices, and living what you think is "the dream" and still feeling unfulfilled.
Though classically trained, Mary initially pursued a career in country music, performing in clubs and joining the Nashville Songwriters Association International. Relishing the opportunity to hone her craft as a singer and songwriter, in retrospect she admits that her efforts were all "very empty."
At the invitation of two Christian co-workers, Mary, her two children and fiance attended a play that shared the truth about sin and salvation, resulting in a life-changing night where they accepted Christ as a family. Mary's daughter remembers it as the moment when we were "washed clean."
For the first time in her thirty-four years, it was clear. All the insecurities, addictions, choices and uncertainties converged with God's grace and mercy, giving her the assurance that had eluded her for so long. He would take Mary's past and transform it into a beautiful platform to reach others;though the details were still fuzzy, she knew His plans would be the only plans that would fulfill her.
Realizing that her gifts were from and for God, Mary's advancement to public ministry began with serving as a worship leader at The Rock Church in San Diego. God then began to open numerous doors for her to serve in churches, at women's retreats and other similar venues.
When a producer from her country music days reached out to her about recording a Christian album, Mary recognized the Lord's timing; He renewed her dreams as an artist and songwriter, but with a new focus: devotion to His work. Seven CD's later, her efforts have progressed into full-time ministry using worship, original music, keynote messages and writing to point people directly to Jesus.
Since entering ministry in 2000, she has been honored to lead worship and share through special music at events with leading Bible teachers such as Dr. David Jeremiah, Kay Arthur, Sheila Walsh, Dr. Voddie Bauchum, Greg Laurie and many others. Her work has been recognized on a national level for both singing and songwriting, which include:
- 2016 Inspirational Country Music Video of the Year
- 2016 SGN Scoops, Christian Country Expo, Female Vocalist of the Year
- 2014, 2013 & 2010 Inspirational Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year
- 2014 Artist Music Guild Album of the Year for "Strong"
- 2011 Christian Women in Media President's Award
Despite the achievements, Mary knows who graciously provides each and every opportunity, recognizing that the big steps, little steps and even the missteps are critical. As she sings in Well Run Dry: "Lord, here I stand today by the well-spring of Your Love, it's stretching out as far as I can see. God please help to give someone the gift you've given to me."
Lion And The Lamb
Call Upon Your Name
Take Up Your Cross
Song of Victory
Heart On My Sleeve
Jewels And Crowns
Worthy of My All