"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. 

Her latest 2020 EP record, Eyes Straight Ahead, was just released February of this year. This project includes her award-winning song, "Where Birds Can Fly" dedicated to our women in prison. Truly these women are the forgotten ones. 

Professional Reviews

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 (Music Industry Professional) from Great American Song Contest 2019.

WHERE BIRDS CAN FLY  " What a beautiful song and the melody sets the perfect, serious mood for this emotional lyric...I think this song is compelling and I could see it working in a documentary film or TV show having to do with women in this situation... Thank you for writing this song.  I think you're very gifted and I appreciate that you have important things to say through your music. " ~Taxi.com

A GREAT BIG WORLD  "This song displays wonderful songwriting talents - an engaging theme, potent lyrical imagery and excellent melodic structure.  Rarely do I have the opportunity to hear such compassionate, emotionally resonant work...for goodness sake please keep writing and bringing beautiful songs into the world.  God luck with your music!"  ~Judge (Music Industry Professional) for Great American Song Contest 2008

TO HAVE LOVED AND LOST  "Contemplative, meditative, beautiful..."  ~Taxi.com

THIRSTY (Psalm 42)  "Beautiful and very meditative..." ~ Taxi.com