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Rooted in Country: Mary Sarah on the 'Fierce' Power of Patsy Cline

Modern traditionalist Mary Sarah turned heads (and chairs) on The Voice back in 2016 with her showstopping rendition of Connie Francis' "Where the Boys Are." But long before she joined Team Blake Shelton and finished fifth on the hit series, Sarah was immersed in country music history as a regular performer on the Texas Opry circuit.

Following a major touring role with KidzBop at the age of 12, the singer released her debut album Bridges, a collection of duets with Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill and more when she was just 19 years old.

Now, at 25, Sarah continues to honor traditional country music, looking toward Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and more for inspiration.

"Thanks to my dad and growing up in Texas, I was introduced to classic country music at a pretty early age. It's hard for me to pick just one song that I could say was my biggest inspiration but I could definitely narrow it down as far as artists go. I have forever been inspired by Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, and the women of that time who were fierce and strong," the country singer tells Wide Open Country.  "It's hard enough being a women now but to imagine having to face the music industry then seems pretty daunting to me. They truly paved the path for women like myself and it inspires me to be brave for young girls who want to pursue such a career."

Mary Sarah made her Grand Ole Opry debut in 2016. She welcomed her first child, daughter Avalyn Mae Clark, earlier this year.

She's currently writing and recording new music.

For more information on Mary Sarah, visit her official website.

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