At age 3, Mary Desmond joined her first music group. It did not take her long to land gigs singing alongside Pat Boone, singing the national anthem on the “Larry King Live” show and performing in a commercial for Disney Fantasy Princess. By age 7, she landed the title role in a production of “Annie” and at age 9, she was on the national Broadway tour of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”
These days, she can be seen covering pop hits on her YouTube channel, youtube.com/marydesmond, where she has more than 39,000 followers. Desmond is trying to use her growing popularity to help advocate for anti-bullying causes. She is working on an original song to help bring awareness to this issue. She can be seen this weekend and next as Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde” at Mission Viejo High School and she plans to tour the U.K. this summer to promote her music and her anti-bullying messages.
Name: Mary Desmond
School: Mission Viejo High School
Hometown: Rancho Santa Margarita
How did you get involved in music? Ever since I was a little girl I knew I loved music. I loved singing and dancing. At the age of 3, I begged my mom to put me in a singing group. From there, I went on to do musical theater and have really never stopped performing since.
What is your favorite song? Who is your favorite musical artist? One of my favorite songs is “Brave” by Sara Bareilles because I am a big advocate for anti-bullying. I am known for (remaking) music videos (of popular music) so I took the meaning of her song to touch on this subject (in the video I did of “Brave.”) Some of my favorite musical artists are Taylor Swift, John Mayer, Colbie Caillat and Never Shout Never.
Who have been your influences? Did you have a mentor in your development as an performer? If so, how did they help you? My mom has definitely been a major mentor in my development as a performer. She has always been there to support me in all of my shows and performances. I have also been blessed by many amazing teachers, friends and family members who believe in me and have helped me along the way.
What inspires you? One of my biggest inspirations as an artist is Taylor Swift. I love Taylor’s songs, style, and the way she carries herself on stage. She is extremely talented. Meeting and singing with her is a big dream of mine and I cover many of her songs.
Other than music, are you involved in any other activities? If yes, what are they? I’m involved with acting and dancing which all comes together with music in musical theater. I am also looking forward to shooting a new movie this fall called “Memphis Sun.” I play the role of Hayden, a girl that is severely bullied but then realizes that her dream of becoming a singer is worth fighting for. I’m also involved with my church and I love to hang out with my friends.
What do you get out of performing? I enjoy performing because I love to make people happy. Seeing smiling faces in the audience when I perform just makes me want to do it again and again. It is honestly such a great reward.
How do the arts figure in to your long-term goals? The arts are definitely involved in my long-term goals. Performing is what I love to do most and I know that I want to do something related to music for my whole life. Right now, my goals are to release a lot of my own music and get to share it with as many people as possible. I will release my first single this summer called “Kiss You,” produced by Colin Boyd. I am really excited about it.
What is the best advice you have received? Some of the best advice that I have received is that if your heart is not in it, then it won’t be worthwhile to you. I honestly can say that I have the most fun when I am performing or making music. And I know that because I love it so much, it is worthwhile to pursue it.
Do you have any other thoughts about being a singer that you would like to share with us? For those who are looking to become a singer or performer, make sure you love it. It is so much fun, but it is also a lot of work.