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Mary Beth Carlson

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Artist • Recording Artist

Artist • Recording Artist

Mary Beth Carlson, composer, recording artist and former Teacher of the Year, performed nationally as a pianist and speaker for a wide variety of special events. As Lead Pianist at Nordstrom Mall of America for nearly 15 years, she managed piano entertainment for most of those years. Much of her original music was composed in honor of her daughter Jody, who was born with cerebral palsy and autism.

She wrote and performed music specifically for the International Special Olympics, Arc, Fraser Community Services, Children’s Cancer Research Fund, and the Alzheimer’s Association. “A Bridge Over Time,” the title song for one of Mary Beth’s albums, is featured on Lasting Memories, a fund raising project for the Minnesota Alzheimer’s Association, produced by Grammy Award-winning artist J.D. Steele. Fortunate to have had opportunities to perform for a variety of distinguished audiences, she was particularly honored to have been invited by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to present a concert of restoration to guests from forty countries at The Cove in Asheville, NC.

Mary Beth participated in disabilities outreach conferences with Joni Eareckson Tada, internationally renowned author and speaker. She produced and recorded nineteen albums of piano orchestral music and has been featured on additional albums with artists including Sandi Patty, Jim Brickman, Darlene Zschech, Sheila Walsh and Don Moen.

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Audience and Press Reviews

  • Mary Beth's music blends artistic skill with mood and emotion … a complete artist!

    — Scott Thomsen, former host at KCFE Radio, Minneapolis, MN

  • Having had the opportunity to share the stage with Mary Beth, I admire the powerfully spiritual and emotional depth of her music and her performance. She creates a uniquely warm and intimate connection with her audience … a talented, charming, extraordinary performer!

    — Jim Brickman, Grammy nominated Platinum Record Artist

  • Listening to Mary Beth Carlson play is like standing in the light of love.

    — Dinah Eng, Gannett News Service

  • Mary Beth is more than a professional musician and artist. God has truly gifted her with a ministry of music. Her ministry at the piano has moved church leaders from many different nations, various denominational backgrounds and a range of musical tastes.

    — Robert L. Williams, Former President of International Ministries, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

  • Relaxing, imaginative, and passionate …Mary Beth is a bright and effervescent performer!

    — Dan Hertsgaard, former host at WCCO Radio, Minneapolis, MN

  • Your CDs have fed our souls. They have been so much rest and help to us in our busy lives. The moment the first few notes came out over the speakers, tears came to our eyes. We are truly blessed to have come across your path.

    — Marlene

  • When I first heard your music I felt such an annointing from God on your music! There have only been a few times in my life that I have felt God's annointing or presence so strongly. You are a precious and rare gem in the music world of today.

    — Carol