Mary Opara, is back on the music scene with a song to hopefully save a life or two- Song: Stop the Bullying. She also recorded a birthday song for everybody’s special day called-Happy Birthday to You. Other singles released are: Eze Ndi Eze (King of Kings), Smile- featuring Ema Onyx. “You’ve Got My Back.” “Father, please hear me.” This song is a cry out to God for guidance and redemption for all our sins. She released a remake of a song by Bethel Music which is dear to her heart- “No Longer Slaves.” And lastly, a song titled "Ebezikwana", (Don’t cry anymore) adding to her gallery of soul uplifting songs.
Mary Opara, brought her musical creativity as a Music/Creative Arts Director role to Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) – City of David, Atlanta GA, where she has been worshipping God for several years. Mary has passion to involve the youth and younger ones in musical church performances. She formed the group “Blazing Soldiers of Christ” consisting mainly of teenagers from City of David. The Mission of the group is to magnify, edify and glorify our Heavenly Father through singing, acting, dancing and spoken word - devoting ourselves to be soldiers of Christ. The mission of the group supports church’s vision as outlined by our senior Pastor, Dr. Joseph Takon. The group performed several musical shows that were very interesting, through the enactment of biblical stories, and singing Christian songs for church events. Mary Opara, trained the 2016 winner of God’s Children’s Great Talent for the US. performances during Christmas, Saharan Praise, Father’s Day, New Year’s Eve (Watch Night Services), and other special events.
Mary started singing and performing while in Elementary school at the age of six years. She was involved as a performer in school musical productions from the elementary through high school and wrote few songs in her teenage years. She performed in the school shows and outside the school and sang for anyone willing to listen.
She wrote, organized, participated in musical performances, graduations, and teacher appreciation shows while in high school.
Early Music Influences
Mary grew up listening to genres: country, pop, blues, folk, and jazz music. She was influenced by several musical artists such as: Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Everly Brothers, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, ABBA, Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Mathis, Lionel Ritchie, Luther Vandross, The Commodores, Nat King Cole, Olivia Newton- John, Kenny Rogers, Don Williams, Righteous Brothers, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Janet Jackson, Al Green Donny Hathaway, Barry White, Paul McCartney and many more.
God has called Mary to sing since her early childhood, from the beginning of her singing days. The Lord had called her to spread his word through songs, but instead she decided to do it her way and sing worldly music. She recorded a CD with few genres of music on it. Then many years later came back to write and sing songs to the glory of God. What a forgiving God!!! According to the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15:20- "So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. So is the mercy of our Lord Almighty.
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