Mary Sarah Gross was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and has one sister, Emilee Elizabeth and a brother, Christopher Thomas. Christopher has had a liver transplant and is a type 1 diabetic. For this reason, she was a spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and currently is the National Ambassador for Caiden’s Hope, raising awareness for Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) for families with children in financial needs due to extended illness for the premature babies.
Mary Sarah began performing in church at the age of 8, and began to appear on radio stations and at several regional Opry Theaters. She was signed to the Osbrink Talent Agency in Los Angeles at age 11, and in 2007, at the age of 12, toured as a featured lead vocalist and dancer in Kidz Bop for six months. At the age of 14, she left the agency and returned to Texas, where she performed in local and regional events.
In 2010 she released her first album, Crazy Good.
In January 2011, Mary Sarah was invited to meet The Oak Ridge Boys after Joe Bonsall saw a video of her performance of “Don’t Stop Believing” at the Sugar Land (Texas) Idol competition. After visiting with them backstage before the show at the Galveston Grand Opera House, Joe and Duane Allen invited her onstage to sing “Where the Boys Are”. She credits the support and love of The Oak Ridge Boys for helping her career move forward.
In 2011, she hosted a four-part series for the 2011 season of “OPRY on the Square – Country Now and Then” at the Sugar Land, TX, town square. In December 2011, the Houston Texans held a vote-in contest to see who would sing the National Anthem for their annual Home for the Holidays game. Mary Sarah was the winner over 7 other finalists. In April 2014, Mary Sarah appeared on the “Opry Country Classics” with Lynn Anderson and The Oakridge Boys, honoring the late Ray Price.
On July 8, 2014, Mary Sarah released her second album, ‘Bridges’. Included on the album is a rendition of the song “Where the Boys Are” with Neil Sedaka. The Oak Ridge Boys also appear on the album singing “Dream On” with her. On July 29, 2014, Mary Sarah appeared on Mike Huckabee’s show on Fox News to promote her new album. The Governor played bass in accompaniment as they performed “The Fightin’ Side of Me”.
On May 31, 2016, Mary Sarah made her Grand Ole Opry debut.
The Voice (2016)
On February 29, 2016, she auditioned on season 10 of The Voice with “Where the Boys Are”. All four coaches turned their chairs for her, and she chose Blake Shelton as her coach. She defeated Justin Whisnant in the battles, and defeated Brittany Kennell in the knockouts.
Mary is successfully touring and astounding fans wherever she appears.