Mary Rubow was born in Utah and raised in Southern California. She has been married to her wonderful husband for nearly ten years. She has worked as a secretary, administrative assistant, an auditor, and an accounting clerk. She is now a stay-at-home mother to three beautiful daughters. Mary studied performing arts at Cal State University of Northridge and music at Citrus College, graduating in 2008 with a degree in performing arts.
Mary began singing with her family when she was four years old. The following year, she had her hearing tested and it was learned that she had been born with a hearing loss. This became a particularly difficult struggle in a house full of musicians. As a young child, Mary was not very comfortable singing unless she had the constant support of others. When she was about 10 years old, she began to have stage fright and anxiety about her ability to sing. Over the following 10 years, and with the help of family, friends and several teachers, she worked hard to overcome her fears. During high school and college, Mary performed in various choirs, in musical theatre, and as a soloist at church and school. During the past 10 years, she has performed in several church programs all over Southern California. She has also had the opportunity to sing in groups and as a soloist for city leaders in the area. This cd marks her first official album. Mary has a love for church music and the gospel in general.
Mark Everts was born in Salt Lake City, and raised in the Bountiful, Utah area. He has been employed at Farmers Insurance for the past 38 years, after majoring in music at the University of Utah. He has held various positions with Farmers, and currently serves as the National Manager for Leadership Development at the University of Farmers in Agoura Hills, California. Mark and his talented wife Kathy have been married for 41 years and have three sons, four daughters and twenty-five grandchildren. Mark and Kathy have spent most of that time raising their children with a great love for music and performance.
Mark started his musical career with the guitar at age 11, after begging his parents for several years for guitar lessons. He has always been a serious musician and during his first year, he entered the National Music Association contest (Novice Division) in Squaw Valley, California, where he was awarded first place. Over the years, Mark has played all types of music–rock & roll, jazz, country and western, and more. He has performed for many church and school dances and stage band and orchestral productions. During the 1960s his rock & roll band, The Village Idiots, competed in the Regional National Battle of the Bands at the Valley Music Hall, winning second place. The “Idiots” were also frequent performers at the Patio Gardens Theater at Lagoon Amusement Park. During the summer of ‘67, his band went on tour covering many of the Colorado college campuses. In 1969, he was privileged to play in the Salt Lake Tabernacle during the World Wide Youth Conference held in Salt Lake. In the early 80’s, while living in the Layton Utah area, he organized and scored all of the music for a “stake” orchestra, comprised of local “closet” musicians, which performed for several stake dances. In the 90′s, Mark also played bass and lead guitar for the group “Legends” in Santa Clarita, California. However, for nearly 30 years, most of his music career has been given to arranging vocal music and accompany the Everts family singers, who performed at many church meetings, weddings and LDS Youth Firesides in the Santa Clarita area.
Mark has accompanied Mary often during the past 25 years. One of their supreme highlights has been to perform as a duo at the ever popular Glendora Stake Christmas concerts. They have been truly blessed to have a musically talented family and to be able to work together to create this beautiful album.
A special thanks goes to Lars Linstrom for sharing his talents in recording, mixing and engineering this album, and to Jeff Rubow for the graphic design of the album artwork and the web design of this site.