Mara Suggs, is a native of Hampton, VA. She is twelve years old and is a seventh grader. She enjoys dancing, taking piano lessons, and singing.
Mara’s gift for singing was marked when she was 8 years old in third grade. She entered her school’s talent show and won second place with her vocals to “Hero” by Mariah Carey. She then began to pursue voice lessons with Edustar Academy of Performing Arts. She entered the talent show in 2011 singing, “I’ll Always Love You” by Whitney Houston and won first place. In addition, Mara wrote her own song entitled, “You Be You,” and entered it into Hampton City School’s PTA Reflections Program. She won Honorable Mention in the Musical Composition category. In her last year at her elementary school as a fifth grader, Mara entered the talent show once again, and sung “I Believe In You and Me” by Whitney Houston and won first place. Though this was her last year at her school, it would not be her last time on stage.
In 2012, Mara signed with Native Productions to manage her and AustintouchProductions to produce her, and she released her first single on October 21, 2012. The same day, Mara opened with a vocal tribute to Whitney Houston for a stage production featured at Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts. She returned to the Ferguson in December 2012 and opened for gospel artist, Euclid Gray. Mara is working on her musical career and is about to release a pop single. Her music can be found on CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Spotify, Sound Cloud, E-music, and online radio stations.
A Young Witness| Posted January 30, 2014
Mara's song, "I Am Saved" reaches every listener. Though the sounds emerge from a young girl, her clear vocals take you to a place of worship, remembering why you are saved. The song will remind you of the very moment you received your salvation. She states, "I know I am young, but I have had troubles in my life that God has helped me to fight." Though young, many people will relate to Mara. As thankful as this young artist is for her salvation in her lyrics, after listening, you can also hear her heart. This song just reminds you of God's love, no matter what age you were when you first received Him.