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It was a vision of musical stardom as a Detroit teen that inspired Mary Wilson to co-found one of the most successful female singing groups in recording history – The Supremes. Since then, Wilson has gone on to be a part of dozens of hit records, has written a best-selling autobiography, performed on stage and screen, lectured and toured the world, and continues to be looked up to as a singer who set the standard for females in the recording industry. Get in touch with Command Talent, a Mary Wilson Booking Agent to discuss pricing for private parties, corporate events and concerts.
While growing up in Detroit’s Brewster Projects, a young Mary Wilson had long fantasized about being a performer, her love for singing having blossomed when she befriended Florence Ballard, Betty McGlown and Diana Ross at age 13. Fueled by their mutual love of music and their ambition for stardom, the quartet formed a singing group, The Primettes. When Betty left the group to get married, the girls recruited Barbara Martin. Together they auditioned for then fledgling Motown label and were eventually signed. Barbara dropped out of the group, and the remaining trio of Mary, Flo and Diana became known as The Supremes. Get in touch with Command Talent, a Mary Wilson Booking Agent to discuss pricing for private parties, corporate events and concerts.
At first, success eluded the girls, who recorded several albums before getting their first hit. In fact, they were dubbed the “No-Hit Supremes” until Motown founder Berry Gordy put them in touch with his top writing and producing team, Holland-Dozier-Holland. Four decades and 40 albums later, what once started as a dream has exceeded beyond Wilson’s wildest imagination. With an unprecedented 12 number-one hits, including “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Baby Love,” “Come See About Me” and “Stop, In The Name Of Love,” The Supremes set the precedent for super group success. Get in touch with Command Talent, a Mary Wilson Booking Agent to discuss pricing for private parties, corporate events and concerts.
Wilson worked hard to keep the dream alive even after Florence and Diana left the group. In 1970, Mary paired with Jean Terrell and Cindy Birdsong to form The New Supremes, racking up three top 10 hits [“Up The Ladder To The Roof”, “Stoned Love”, and “River Deep, Mountain High”(with the Four Tops)]. In 1977, Mary knew it was time for her to pursue her own dream and went solo, and Motown released Mary’s first solo album, “Mary Wilson” which yielded the dance hit, “Red Hot,” in 1979. Wilson followed with her first album in thirteen years, “Walk the Line,” in 1992, which produced the single “One Night With You.” To this day Wilson continues to tour under the moniker of Mary Wilson of The Original Supremes, and has performed for handfuls of celebrities and politicians, including The Clintons at The White House. Get in touch with Command Talent, a Mary Wilson Booking Agent to discuss pricing for private parties, corporate events and concerts.
Today, fans of Wilson can hear her smoky voice in the latest Supremes collection, Diana Ross & The Supremes: The No.1s, re-mastered original recordings of their chart-topping hits. With 24 tracks spanning 18 years of The Supremes sound, the album includes hits from the many reincarnations of the group including the original Supremes, Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Supremes post-Ross. The album spans from 1964’s “Where Did Our Love Go” to 1982’s “Endless Love” and everything in between, including “Baby Love,” “Stop! In The Name of Love,” and “You Can’t Hurry Love.”
Throughout the late 70s and 80s, Mary hit the lecture circuit to tell her amazing story. She still lectures to this day, her “Dare To Dream” circuit including such organizations at American Cancer Society, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, UNICEF and many more. Wilson eventually put her story to print, becoming a best-selling author with her autobiography, Dreamgirl…My Life As A Supreme. Dreamgirl went on to sell over 250,000 copies in hardback, becoming one of the most successful rock and roll autobiographies of all time. Get in touch with Command Talent, a Mary Wilson Booking Agent to discuss pricing for private parties, corporate events and concerts.
The overwhelming success of that first book prompted Wilson to pen its sequelm, Supreme Faith…Someday We’ll Be Together. Currently, The Complete Works by Mary Wilson combines the first two books with additional chapters added.
Throughout her career, Mary has enjoyed spreading her creative wings in other areas, although music remains her primary focus. Mary is the only original Supreme to undertake the challenge of legitimate theatre, making her stage debut in 1988 with “Beehive,” a musical tribute to the female groups of the 60s. Most recently, Wilson starred in a national tour of “Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies,” the celebrated tribute to the music of the legendary jazz great. Her other theatre credits include “Leader of the Pack,” about the life of the songwriter Elle Greenwich, and numerous off-Broadway shows including “Mother’s Hubbard,” “Idealla’s Soul Shack,” “The Vagina Monologues” at the Detroit Opera House and “Grandma Sylvia’s Funeral,” where respected columnist Liz Smith proclaimed: “Mary Wilson, the sexiest and most attractive of the three original Supremes, a true survivor, makes her off-Broadway debut!” Wilson’s film credits include Disney’s TIGERTOWN, the documentaries BROWN SUGAR and THE GIRL GROUPS, and Lifetime Networks’ made for television movie, JACKIE’S BACK. Get in touch with Command Talent, a Mary Wilson Booking Agent to discuss pricing for private parties, corporate events and concerts.
In addition to a stint as a guest judge on the FOX hit “American Juniors” and performing for ABC’s “Motown 45 th Anniversary Special” last year, Wilson was last seen in Miramax’s ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE, a documentary that catches up with the soul music stars of the 60s and 70s. Of Wilson in ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE, the Los Angeles Times said “Mary Wilson remains strikingly attractive and a vibrant singer of much style and authority; Wilson may have been a backup singer with the Supremes but is in truth a lead singer with a star quality never fully recognized.” Get in touch with Command Talent, a Mary Wilson Booking Agent to discuss pricing for private parties, corporate events and concerts.
Throughout her career, Wilson Mary has had the privilege and pleasure of performing all over the world. Many of her performances with The Supremes were requested by royalty, such as for Britain’s Queen Mother as well as for the King of Sweden. In 2000, Wilson had the prestigious honor of performing at the White House for the Millennium Celebration as well as two inaugural dinners held in President Bush’s honor. Venturing further into the political world in 2003, Wilson was appointed as one of nine new Cultural Ambassadors for the State Department’s new initiative program, Cultural Connect, whose goal is to improve cross-cultural understanding internationally. So far the program – which is endorsed personally by former Secretary of State Colin Powell – has taken Wilson to Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Asia and South America. Other Culture Connect Ambassadors include NBA superstar Tracy McGrady and “Everybody Loves Raymond’s” Doris Roberts.
A tireless humanitarian, Mary was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award by the National Foundation of Woman and asked to join the Delegation of Woman Legislators. Wilson also participated in a Trade and Civil Life Conference in Bahrain with many of the kingdom’s highest officials, hosted by the Prince and Prime Minister of Bahrain. The Free Trade Bill between the US and Bahrain remains a project that Wilson is very proud to have been a part of. Wilson has also visited the African nations of Mozambique and Batswana, where she spoke with thousands of children on the dangers of HIV and AIDS.
In 1988, The Supremes were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, receiving the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, which Wilson personally accepted. Seven years later, the Hall launched an exhibit of the “Supremes” gowns for the museum’s opening in Cleveland, Ohio.
With a successful solo career, an equally successful literary career and her tireless humanitarian efforts, Mary’s future couldn’t look brighter. She is living proof that dreams really do come true!
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