Mary Ozaraga finds strength in God with “Better Days”

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Groovy and totally inspiring!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Hi Mary, welcome to LA Music Review! Tell us a little bit about you and your music.

Mary is a Singer-Songwriter in Cebu, Philippines.

She is also a Worship Leader for her church in Cebu. She started leading worship for global online settings since the lockdowns. She began sharing her music during the lockdowns in 2020, eventually releasing 3 singles & a 3 track Christmas EP in 2021. Her playfulness and musical influences are seen in how she experiments with song styles, ranging from singer songwriter to rap/rhythmic to alternative rock. Her background as a drummer is evident in her rhythmic guitar playing, in her songwriting and singing style.

Even with varied musical influences, she continues to search for the music of her country’s history with a hope to one day raise up worship with music that is now almost completely forgotten.

Congrats on the release! What was your inspiration when you were writing this project?

The goal is to bring summer hope into the winter of our souls.

Released on August 11, 2022. This song was written to encourage a friend who was going through depression. The verses talk about the ugly side of it, the pre chorus talks about seeking help, and the chorus lifts it up to hold on to God’s promises and truth: greatest anchors against the waves of depression.

The big factor in creating that atmosphere is the reggaeton beat, the kind of beat that gets you to get up and dance. The goal is to bring summer hope into the winter of our souls.

Start streaming “Better Days” right here:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What is your vision for this song?

I just hope to get this message of encouragement to as many people.

The isolation during the pandemic has caused psychological deterioration among many around the world. I hope how we’ve packaged the message and the production is effective at that, lift you out of the wallowing floors and beds and up dancing, jumping.

What is your favorite part of this body of work?

The message and lyrics and how the slight nod to reggaeton beat that is prevalent in most part of the song carries the message across, jump starting hope in the hearts.

Anything else we should know about it? Future releases? 

I’m working on a song for an October release. It was written for an unborn baby that a friend lost early this year. October is Miscarriage Awareness Month. Hope to speak life to mothers, fathers, families who continue to grieve.

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