The darling of Nashville, Mary Sarah, will be the 2017 grand marshal of the Fort Bend County Fair Parade on Friday, Sept. 29.
A powerful voice that has a distinct veteran sound, 22-year-old Mary Sarah is well on her way to cutting her place in country music history. The pride of Fort Bend County has already appeared on the Grand Ole Opry and has a duet album featuring icons such as Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, Willie Nelson and the late Merle Haggard. Mary Sarah will be headlining at this year’s fair on Saturday, Oct. 7. She is excited to be playing before her hometown crowd.
“This means the world to me,” she said. “Where you grow up and the people you grow up with influence your life in ways that cannot be explained. I love my hometown! It is truly an honor to be coming home and to say I am headlining is just a dream!” Mary Sarah is no stranger to the Fort Bend County Fair, growing up in the area and attending Foster High School, for years she would enter the fair’s talent contest. Although she never won, year after year, she would climb back up on stage and perform. Jane Turner of Rosenberg Music helped craft Mary Sarah’s talents by serving as her vocal and piano coach.
“I always did the singing contests! It was something I always looked forward to doing because as a young singer there wasn’t a lot of places to sing,” Sarah said. “So, I loved the opportunity to get on stage. But, I also just loved the atmosphere. The rides, hanging with friends, funnel cakes, and music! Can’t get much better than that!”
In 2016, America embraced her on ‘The Voice.’ Her blind audition garnered her a 4-chair turn singing country’s iconic “Where The Boys Are” by Connie Francis and a spot on Blake Shelton’s team.
“I’m just saying no matter what happens here tonight when you go back to Nashville, you’re going to find there’s a big giant door open for you there and that makes me very happy for you, Mary Sarah,” Shelton said during the final rounds.
Local favorite and multi-talented Moses Rangel will open for Sarah. Sarah credits him as her inspiration when they started attending church together and singing.
Sarah has been busy recording new music and launching new musical adventures.
“I am excited! I mean, I haven’t released new music in a while and as an artist, it’s how our fans get to know us. My single ‘Without You’ is based upon real life experiences I’ve had. I think to be an artist you have to share things that are more personal. The song, I hope, will encourage people to realize that finding happiness in someone isn’t what you want. Finding happiness within yourself and realizing that you are okay without somebody,” she said.
The parade will kick off the Fort Bend County Fair’s 10-day run from Sept. 29 to Oct. 8, at 9 a.m. Parade spectators will see almost 200 entries wind their way from the historic courthouse in Richmond and proceed west down Hwy. 90-A to Jennetta Street in Rosenberg.
“Serving Youth Today for a Better Tomorrow” is this year’s parade theme. Tickets for the 2017 Fort Bend County Fair will go on sale in August. For more information on the fair’s schedule, visit fortbendcountyfair.com.