Mary Balian is an Armenian-American singer/songwriter whose repertoire includes pop, world, dance, and contemporary Christian music. Mary gave her life to Christ in the eleventh grade at Camp Arev.One of the ways she has been called to serve Christ is through music, which has always been a part of her life.
She has been singing and songwriting since she was six years old and has always sung in choirs. In high school, she was part of an award-winning show choir for four years; during college, she was in Awaken a cappella and recorded two CDs with the group. She sings at various churches and is part of the worship team at her church. In addition, she has performed in several languages -- on television, radio and in concert.
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Listen and buy the album "Bashdenk" by Mary Balian.
She was part of a group of singers who recorded a Christian album in Farsi. Recently, she toured France and Armenia on the New Hope Band Tour and has appeared on the ?Unshakable Live? television show.
A graduate of UCLA and Cal State Northridge in sociology and psychology, Mary is passionate about helping kids be their very best. She lives in Burbank with her husband, Manuel Saghbazarian.
On April 24, 2004, Mary attended an Armenian Christian worship night for the Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. There was only one Armenian song sung that night, which was very moving to her; all of the other songs were familiar praise songs in English. While she knows and appreciates those English songs, she was disappointed that there weren?t any more Armenian songs sung. It also made her realize that there weren?t many Armenian Contemporary Christian worship songs available. A deep desire to record an Armenian language Christian album formed.
That is when she decided to record Bashdenk. It has taken five years to complete and is all for the glory of Christ. She hopes that Armenians will be able to worship in their own language, through contemporary Armenian Christian music.