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Mary Hiett, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is an awe-inspiring songwriter who hales from Idaho Falls, Idaho. She currently resides in Etna, California, which is a small valley with a minute population. She has three CDs and some Christmas music recorded digitally.
Her most recent release, The Best of Mary Hiett: Bar None, is perhaps her greatest opus. The recording is actually a project that Mary began working on four years ago at the age of 60. It became her dream project. It is a project that is nothing short of a creative masterpiece. From beginning to end, each of the 16 tracks is a superb example of Mary Hiett’s genius as a composer. The incredible music on the 16-track full-length album was arranged and orchestrated under the expertise of her dear friend and producer, Morgan Byers. In fact, the last track on the album titled “Just a Bach Rock” is dedicated to Morgan. When Morgan first started taking piano lessons from Mary, she soon discovered that he is a huge Bach fan. So, she felt inspired to write a cinematic Bach pop-rock song as a tribute to him.
Speaking about her music, Mary says, "When God gave me this music, I did not know what to do with it. I’m not from Utah where everything is accessible, but I do live in an age where my phone has been a great asset to me. I am at the mercy of not having the best of everything." To record her music, she had to find her own recording technician, arranger, vocalist, and a place to record.
Trying to get her music out to the world has not been a cheap venture, nevertheless, Mary has not allowed any of those obstacles to deter her. She continues to press forward realizing that the work and the good that she is doing is not about her or for her. Because of her love and devotion for the Lord Jesus Christ, Mary believes that she is on a mission and her errand for the Lord is to create music that is uplifting and inspiring.
It was Leo Tolstoy who once said, "Music is the shorthand of emotion." Perhaps this is a thought settled deep within Mary’s subconscious as she sits at her piano to prepare a melodious feast that will feed the souls of all who will listen. The music that she composes is full of passion and compassion and evokes the emotions of anyone who hears it, with the overt intention of playing with the heartstrings. Within each song and melody that she composes is an amazing story – a story that captivates even the most casual listener of her music.
The album, which is available for purchase from CDBaby, bears the following description, "Bar None is an album with 16 beautiful piano/orchestrated cinematic pop songs that will certainly take you on your own cinematic journey and [help you] create your own story while listening." Not a single word is spoken or sung on the entire album, yet our laughter, fears, and high aspirations are all evoked.
Knowing about her music, Mary’s Stake Relief Society President asked her to write a song for the Relief Society’s 176th birthday celebration. She was able to compose the melody for the song in a day but found that writing the words was a little more challenging. The song, "Turn On Your Light," is an anthem about women standing up and turning on their light. It is based on a talk given by Sister Sharon Eubank, First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the October 2017 women’s conference. The talk was titled Turn On Your Light. The Lord sent Mary a college student named Melissa, whom she has known since Melissa was eight years of age in the primary, to sing the song. It would be Melissa’s first experience of recording a song.
Another inspiring song that Mary has written is titled "Ministering Angels." She received inspiration for writing the song while watching and listening to the Prophet during the general conference speak about changes to the Home Teaching and Visiting Teaching programs.
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