I first started following @MarySarahMusic on Twitter in 2009. At that time, she was only 14 years old. We immediately became friends, and for the past three years, I’ve called her my Twitter little sister. She and my son, @toad_mario, who was 8 years old at the time, also became close Twitter friends.
Over the past few years, many of us who are on Twitter every day have watched Mary Sarah evolve into a star. We’ve seen her sing the National Anthem in Texas, we’ve seen her sing for the Red Cross, and we’ve seen her sing countless covers that sometimes sound even better than the originals.
When I learned that she met The Oakridge Boys on Twitter and how that opened so many doors for her, I knew I had to write about it. The Oakridge Boys are an American country and gospel group that has been around since the 1940s. Some of the members of the band have been singing together for over 40 years.
Mary Sarah simply did what a lot of musicians do, she shared her videos in social media. After a brief introduction by @DeanOfMusic, she started tweeting @joebonsall and @DUANEALLEN of The Oakridge Boys. They saw her videos and were blown away by her talent. They soon invited Mary Sarah and her entire family to meet them, and this all took place on the public timeline on Twitter. They all met, and Mary Sarah even got to sing on stage that night after being introduced by Joe.
Mary Sarah told me, “It opened lots of doors for me in Nashville, and I’m currently working on a full length country legends project which will be coming out this summer or fall. Never underestimate the power of Twitter! It was THE reason (and prayer of course) that I was blessed to sing with The Oakridge Boys and become friends with them. Mr. Joe says that one day, when I make it big and he’s off the road, he’s gonna come back and be my road manager. We might even do a song together soon! #BOOM and #w00t”
What an inspiring story! It’s a great reminder that anything is truly possible if you always believe in your dreams and never ever give up. This is yet another reason why I love Twitter so much. Mary Sarah, you know we are huge fans of yours, and we love you dearly. It has truly been a pleasure getting to know you, and we wish you a lifetime of continued success!
EVERYTHING MARY SARAH