Mary has replanted her feet and finally cut the album that has taken just 14 months to complete start to finish!
Join her as she empowers Survivors of Domestic Violence using music.
Freedom Bound is a 14 track album that was inspired from Mary's own personal experience with Domestic Violence.
The Journey began February 26, 2014 as Simply Mary was forced to finally make the decision to flee her life in PA due to complications of Multiple Violations of a Protection Order granted January 14, 2014 in Elk County, PA
With this decision, she had no choice but to “Just figure it out with whatever I had to work with. I was being GPS tracked, my emails hacked, and followed constantly through all of my Social Media Accounts, despite a direct Court Order and 3 contempt charges. There is no law over internet activity when someone uses a fake name unless you can directly tie it to the criminal from what I am repeatedly told.” Says Mary, Producer/Singer/Songwriter/Composer/Musician and Founder of the band Simply Mary.
“I have been singing my entire life, that is the only way I know how to get my emotions out for anyone to understand me it seems. I am definitely not a good communicator unless I am playing a piano or a guitar!” as Mary giggles.
Simply Mary began recording the first 8 tracks of her Debut Album - “Freedom Bound” in Pittsburgh, PA nearing the end of February of 2014 under the direction of Producer Dustin Richard Aunkst. As she was attempting to complete her work, her Offender traced her location yet again by electronic means. ( With an Active Standing Protection From Abuse Order in place. ) As the Legal System was not able to prosecute solely on the Electronic Monitoring Violations, she was forced to continue moving Westward, not by choice, but because the Law can only “Legally” do so much.
After relocating several more times, through several locations in the process with Friends and Family, state after state, figuring it all out, city after city. Simply Mary finally settled and began to rebuild her life from nothing by the Middle of April, 2014..Now on the other side of the country, in a new life and a new surrounding, alone and full of fear. “Life was just so unknown for me, of course that is scary. But you can’t let being afraid stop you.” says Mary.
Simply Mary was homeless and not eligible for shelter in a State the incident did not occur in. So this was a trying time. “My friend Jolene set me up out here to be in hiding with a friend of hers as I was figuring out what I was going to do. I took the chance on a stranger and that did not work out. In the end though, it all turned out for the best, and Jolleen was all worried! I told her, everything will be okay, and it was.” Says Mary.
The blessing of meeting Samantha P. at the Cup O’Karma Community Cafe for a Cause in Mesa, AZ ironically, a Domestic Violence Awareness Coffee Shop, was so divine! Samantha was soon to be Mary's next door neighbor who gave her a feeling of much needed stability to push forward to pursue a new life and begin to work toward her goal to cut the album for her 2 children, Shelby and Tom, whom she was forced to separate from in the process, with her new room mate Patricia! She had a support system now in place to continue to pursue to Empower Survivors with some very strong women to help her along the way!
“So many things were happening so fast once I decided to truly 100% follow through with my then ‘Vision’ of my Debut Album Freedom Bound. If it were not for the women in my life, Crystal, Sam and Pat, well, none of this would ever had come to be. I landed in the arms of angels!” says Mary. “This is what I need to do for my children, period. And they allowed this for them!”