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“Music is what I love. Some people enjoy the melody but don’t pay attention to the lyrics and that’s okay, but my favorite part of a song is its lyrics. As for me I find it impossible to NOT listen to what is being said. I love listening to the story being told in the song, just as much as I enjoy sharing stories in the songs I write. I write from my heart. Inspiration is all around me. I write about what I see and feel about the joys and disappointments of relationships. Songwriting and singing are like therapy.” MaryJustice Lucas
MaryJustice Lucas started writing little songs when she was five. She would sing them to her mother, Marcia, who recorded them in a journal. She later started recording her songs and snippets of lyrics and melodies on a pocket recorder. By age 11 she got serious about writing and her lyrics became more mature with structure and in-depth thought and feelings.
She won her first songwriting contest at age 13, competing against adults. MaryJustice started playing guitar at 14, with only 9 guitar lessons and continued teaching herself by learning chords from YouTube. That same year, 2009, she won an audition to Los Angeles 2010 “iPOP!” International, competing with 18 year olds. She placed in the Top 10 in “iSING!” with only 60 seconds of her original song “On My Way,” accompanying herself with her guitar. This is seldom allowed at iPOP! MaryJustice started singing in Nashville and all over North Alabama. In The fall of 2011, at age 16, she won the Tennessee Country Gospel Music Association’s Songwriter of the Year, Video of the Year, CD of the Year and Rising Star Entertainer music awards. .In the spring of 2012, at the following National competition, she brought home the top award for NACMAI (nak ma ) – The 2012 Female Entertainer of the Year, 2012 Songwriter of the Year and the 2012 Rising Star CD awards. She was featured in the 2013 Special Music Edition of NO’ALA Magazine of Florence, Alabama and selected by the magazine and its sponsors to entertain at their W.C. Handy Festival Kick-off Party. As a result of that performance, she was invited to perform at the first Cuko Rakko Art & Music Festival at the legendary Horse Pens 40 near Steele, Alabama.
During the past five years she has performed extensively in Nashville and Alabama venues in concerts, showcases, festivals fund-raising benefits for organizations and toured with eXtreme Tours 2013 East Coast Tour, Christian outreach organization. Most, recently I was invited to perform at the legendary Swampers Bar & Grill at The Shoals Marriott, Florence, Alabama, to celebrate the release of my EP “Forgiveness and Faith”. MaryJustice has a large catalog of originals and covers she performs. Currently, she is a student at Calhoun Community College where she enjoys a music scholarship and is a member of the Instrumental Ensemble as vocalist and guitarist.
A couple of years ago, she started adding some of her favorite covers to her performances. MaryJustice has a way of taking a cover song and performing it very successfully in her own style. Frequently, she will cover songs ordinarily written for a male singer but delivers from a woman’s perspective. She has a large catalog of her originals and has continued to grow and develop her musical skills and is currently in her freshman year of college where she won a music scholarship by audition. Over the past six years she has done 100’s of performances in competitions, solo showcases, songwriters rounds, short tours, festivals and fund raising benefits.
MaryJustice has a passion for songwriting, and entertaining. Whether considered Pop, Rock or New Country, her songs appeal to teens as well as older music lovers. A multi-award winning singer and songwriter from Huntsville, Alabama, she performs regularly in North Alabama and Nashville. She has recorded demos and harmonies for other songwriters. MaryJustice has recorded an EP of her original songs entitled "Forgiveness & Faith" with instrumentation and recording done by fellow songwriter, Matt Morrow. Matt also played all instruments and performed on the Safe and sound track and video.