In 1999, my sober journey began. It was a new life: meetings, book studies, step work, and not drinking no matter what! My primary purpose now is to stay sober and help others achieve sobriety.
Since I was 16, music has always been an easy way for me to express my feelings. I wanted to sing about the gifts I found in sobriety, but I was a suburban mom with two kids and doubted if I could make a CD that would be relatable. I felt strongly, however, about sharing the message of recovery, so I pushed the doubts aside and made a CD. I trusted God and took a leap of faith. It took two years to complete, and Twelvesongs was released in 2002.
The blessings of the Twelvesongs CD have been overwhelming. People in countries all over the world have been touched by it. I’ve performed at recovery festivals, conventions, Alano clubs, and residential recovery homes. Doctors, therapists, and counselors have used Twelvesongs in client sessions. Some of my favorite memories: Playing in Vegas at the Woman to Woman 41st Convention with an audience of 1,000 women raising their hands back and forth as I sang, “Reach.” Performing in Nashville at The Country Hall of Fame for a recovery fest. The New Orleans Sober Jam and the AA World Convention in Los Angeles. It’s also been exciting to be a part of twelvestepradio.com, one of the first internet radio stations to play recovery music around the clock. And the honor of playing in front of the gate house where Dr. Bob and Bill W. met for the first time as we celebrated the 75th anniversary of AA was an amazing experience. How different my life is today. God has done for me what I could not do for myself. It has been an amazing journey, and recovery music has brought the soul back into my life once again. It’s my language of the heart.
The grace of God has kept me sober for 15 years now, and I have learned to trust him. I am working on a new CD now that I hope you will all enjoy. I am really excited to share it with you. Thank you so much for your support, and I wish you all the best as you walk your own journey.
Mary Lyn B.