Winner of a Chinese singing contest televised to 70 million people.
Whilst studying Mandarin Chinese in China, Mary-Jess won 民星唱翻天, a singing competition live on Chinese TV with a viewing audience of 70 million people that the UK press called ‘The Chinese X Factor’. Shortly after, she released her debut album ‘Shine’ for which Mary-Jess recorded the string section from The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road and worked with some of China’s most accomplished musicians in Beijing to add a touch of the orient. Shine won both ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Newcomer’ from classical-crossover.co.uk. Seven out of the 12 songs on Shine were written by Mary-Jess and she is now a published song writer.
Mary-Jess has toured with Russell Watson, performed with Sir Tim Rice and Don Black, sang to royalty in Windsor Castle and she was chosen to sing the Downton Abbey theme tune. She has been featured on many albums including ‘Now That’s What I Call Classical’, both Downton Abbey albums, the Rugby World Cup ‘World in Union’ album and she sang Faith Hill’s ‘There You’ll Be’ for the Band of the H.M.Royal Marines' album ‘Summon the Heroes’ due to her family connections with the forces. This was then included on the album 'Music for Heroes'. Mary-Jess is a member of the RBL Gloucester City Branch and she also supports The Door Youth Project and Half the Sky.
One of the highlights of Mary-Jess’ career so far was when she performed a show stopping version of ‘Abide With Me’ at the FA Cup Final in Wembley Stadium in front of a live audience of 90, 000 people and a worldwide television audience of potentially 300 million!
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