Named after her grandmothers, Mary Elizabeth was born one of four children in rural Wisconsin.The daughter of a carpenter, Mary Beth was raised on hard work, faith and music. She followed a long line of professional musicians ranging from opera to classical. Mary Beth grew up with a love for all of the arts and she began performing in dance at the age of four. As a very young child Mary Beth often sang around the house with her Dad as her vocal “side kick.”
While at the Wisconsin State Fair one summer, she was inspired by a conversation she had with John Michael Montgomery’s guitarist, which prompted her to strongly consider a career in Country music. However, Mary Beth was advised by her parents to receive a college education. Although Mary Beth graduated with a major in history, she worked as a professional dancer, model and actress after college. These areas of the entertainment industry brought her to Los Angeles. Soon after moving to Los Angeles though, Mary Beth was drawn back to her rural roots. She refocused her attention on Country music and formed the Mary Beth Anthony Band. The band played Country music venues throughout Southern California. Mary Beth had found her niche in country music with a rockabilly twist. After tirelessly playing the LA circuit, Mary Beth was encouraged by a fellow musician to move to Nashville, to sharpen her skills next to country’s most accomplished musicians. Mary Beth took stock in this invitation, packed her bags and headed to the Country music capital.
Mary Beth has trained vocally with the late Michael Galloway (who often worked with Seth Riggs). She has been very blessed to have been backed by musicians who have played with Dwight Yoakam, Deana Carter and the like. She has been inspired by many genres of music—from classic rock to the classic country sounds of Hank Williams and Loretta Lynn. In addition to performing, Mary Beth is currently writing original music.
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