Mary Rice Hopkins

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Mary Rice Hopkins
Mary Rice Hopkins 2013.jpg
Background information
Genres Christian, Children
Instruments Vocals, guitar, fiddle
Labels Big Steps 4 U, administered by Music Services

Mary Rice Hopkins is an American Christian musician who has written hundreds of songs for children and adults. She currently lives in Southern California.

Hopkins has been in the music ministry for over 30 years and has over twenty albums.[1] She was influenced musically by her parents and brothers. Her brothers originated the country-gospel band Brush Arbor, which won the Academy of Country Music award for Vocal Group of the Year in 1974. [2] With Wendy Hofheimer, she recorded three albums as "Wendy & Mary" for Sparrow Records.[3]

Hopkins has also written several children's books, as well as curriculum books that accompany her albums. Her distributor is Big Steps 4 U. According to her web site, she uses her music and ministry to share God's love and spread the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.[4] In 1997, she received a lifetime achievement award from Point Loma Nazarene University, where she studied communications and Christian education.[5]

In 2005, Hopkins teamed up with puppeteer Darcie Maze.[6] Together they travel the country doing concerts. They also have a television show on the TBN network and the Smile of a Child network entitled, Mary Rice Hopkins and Puppets with a Heart. [7][8] The episodes incorporate the use of puppetry, music, and Scripture to speak to children about relevant life issues. A DVD that contains two of the show's episodes has received the Dove Foundation Seal of Approval[9] and the show itself received a Parent's Television Council Seal of Approval.[10]

Album list[edit]

  • Dancing in the Desert (2010)
  • Get On Board (2007)
  • A Very Mary Christmas (2006)
  • Sing through the Year (2004)
  • ABC's of Praise (unknown year)
  • Canciones Para Toda La Familia (2004)
  • Sleep Little One (2009)
  • Come On Home - Parables Jesus Told (2002)
  • Wendy and Mary Collection (unknown year)
  • Workmanship (2000)
  • Miracle Mud (2000)
  • Kids Kamp (1999)
  • Juggling Mom (1999)
  • In the Beginning - Songs from the book of Genesis (1999)
  • Whispering Wind (1997)
  • In My Garden (1995)
  • If I Knew How to Moo (1995)
  • Mary Christmas (1993)
  • Lighthouse (1992)
  • Good Buddies (1991)
  • 15 Singable Songs (1991)
  • Come Meet Jesus (1990)


  1. ^ "Mary Rice Hopkins, Family / Children's Music, Resources". Retrieved 2010-07-23. 
  2. ^ "About Wayne Rice". Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  3. ^ "More About Mary". Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  4. ^ "Statement of Faith". Mary Rice Hopkins. Retrieved 2010-07-23. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Mary Rice Hopkins, Family / Children's Music, Resources". Retrieved 2010-07-23. 
  7. ^ "Mary Rice Hopkins and Puppets with a Heart". 
  8. ^ "Mary Rice Hopkins - Puppets With A Heart - Watch Us - TBN Programs". Retrieved 2010-07-23. 
  9. ^ "Mary Rice Hopkins and Puppets with a Heart Review by The Dove Foundation". 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  10. ^ "Mary Rice Hopkins & Puppets with a Heart". 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 

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