Mary Alessi

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Mary Alessi
Birth name Mary Stallings
Born (1968-02-26) February 26, 1968 (age 46)
Origin Lakeland, Florida, United States
Genres Gospel,
Contemporary Christian,
Inspirational/Worship
Years active 2003 - Present
Labels Miami Life Sounds
Associated acts Martha Munizzi
Israel Houghton
Website www.maryalessi.com

Mary Alessi is a Christian songwriter and Worship leader.

Early years[edit]

The daughter of evangelists, Mary and her twin sister Martha Munizzi were born in Lakeland, Florida but grew up traveling across the United States and ministering through music with her family. Mary, Martha, and their older sister Marvelyne were born with their parents' talent for music and became a part of the traveling family group as kids. The family settled in Orlando, Florida when Mary and Martha were 12, so that the children could attend formal, public school.

At age 16, Mary, Martha and Marveline, age 18, helped form a praise and worship band at the urging of a church friend. That group evolved into Testament and became popular enough to travel around the state of Florida performing in churches and at conferences and other events.

Musical career[edit]

Today, both Mary and her twin sister Martha Munizzi are recording artists and Mary performs a song she wrote with her sister on Martha's 2006 album No Limits Live and on the No Limits Live DVD.

Mary has recorded four independent albums. Her second album, More, is a live recording featuring several songs she wrote herself. Her latest is "Pressing On"

Discography[edit]

Whatever It Takes

  • Released: July 8, 2003 (2003-07-08)
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Miami Life Sounds

More

  • Released: July 19, 2005 (2005-07-19)
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Miami Life Sounds
  • Chart position: Peaked at #44 on Billboard magazine's Top Gospel Album [1]

More

  • Format: DVD
  • Label: Miami Life Sounds

When Women Worship

  • Released: January 2, 2007 (2007-01-02)
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Miami Life Sounds
  • Chart position: #13 Top Gospel Albums, #37 Top Christian Albums, #34 Top Heatseekers [1]

Atmosphere Volume 2 featuring Mary Alessi

  • Format: CD
  • Label: Miami Life Sounds

Appearance in other projects[edit]

No Limits Live

  • Released: March 14, 2006 (2006-03-14)
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Martha Munizzi Music
  • Chart position: # 60 on the Billboard 200

No Limits Live

  • Released: March 14, 2006 (2006-03-14)
  • Format: DVD
  • Label: Martha Munizzi Music

Pressing On

  • Released: September 21, 2010 (2010-09-21)
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Miami Life Sounds
  • Tracks: 15

Personal life[edit]

Mary and her husband currently serve as co-pastors of Metro Life Church, a nondenominational congregation established in 1997 in Doral, Florida, (located near the Miami International Airport, Miami, Florida). Mary and Steve also operate Mercy House, a residential program for troubled teenage girls and unwed mothers.[2]

Mary has served as a full-time minister since 1987 when she was designated as a Music Director and Worship Leader. She is ordained as a minister by the Full Gospel Fellowship in Dallas, Texas.[3]

Mary and Steve Alessi were married in 1987 and have four children.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chart success at Allmusic, Retrieved March 30, 2007
  2. ^ "Artist Profile: Mary Alessi". GospelCity.com. 2005-01-06. Retrieved 2006-12-22. 
  3. ^ "Pastor Mary Alessi". Metro Life Worship Center. Retrieved 2006-12-22. [dead link]

Mary Alessi at AllMusic