Global Songwriters Member Spotlight
Mary Desmond, Singer/Songwriter
MARY DESMOND native of Ballincollig, Co. Cork, Ireland, is one of Ireland’s most prolific singer/songwriters, with a catalogue of hundreds of songs. Most of Mary’s songs are in a country mold but many have cross-over appeal. Gerry Ryan of RTE 2 FM fame was one of the first to recognize Mary’s unique talent when she featured on his radio show with a song about “Terrence”. There followed a television appearance on Gerry’s “Secrets” show where she sung her own composition with the backing of “ The Crème De La Crème “ of Irish artists; Philomena Begley, Louise Morrissey and Tony Allen.
Mary has a further claim to international fame having auditioned for Granada Television’s “Stars in Their Eyes”. Out of a total of 35,000 applicants Mary made it to the last five hundred where she portrayed Bridie Gallagher, singing “The Hills of Donegal”. Mary has gone from strength to strength having many of her songs recorded by up and coming artists.
Mary gets regular airplay on the radio stations in Ireland and her song “My Phone Call to Heaven” has reached No 1 in the charts in Ireland. Mary also has had the honor of having some of her songs in the top 5 in” Song of the Year “song writing contest, which is an internationally recognized contest based in Houston, Texas. (www.songoftheyear.com).The judges are some of the biggest names in music industry, including many Grammy Award winners. Mary’s greatest ambition will be realized when her songs become international hits.