Singer and writer Mary Sheeran has been active in both arts since she was growing up in Washington, New Jersey, where she sang solos in the church choir and wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper. After earning a B.A. from St. Mary's College at Notre Dame (in 3 fields - History, Humanistic Studies, and Theater), she performed leading roles in regional theater (Brigadoon, The Beggar's Opera, 6 Rms Riv Vu, Cabaret, The Music Man, Stop the World I Want to Get Off) in addition to acting in off-off Broadway shows and revues.She took a major step to opera, singing Mimi in La Boheme, Norina in Don Pasquale, Marie in La Fille du Regiment, Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, and Gilda in Rigoletto in small companies in New York City. She also sang in several recitals as a lead and a guest artist, and as a soloist in New York City churches. She took a few years "off" to earn a Master of Divinity degree and has given several sermons in Manhattan churches. In 2006, her first novel, Who Have the Power, was published ("Sheeran offers a thorough and thoughtful exploration of the two main stakeholders in the emerging West: the tribes who wish to preserve their land and self-sufficiency and the white settlers ...[an] engaging tale of personal growth and cultural conflict [and of] feminism and race relations on the American frontier." - Kirkus Reviews). Meanwhile, she launched a career singing cabaret and soft jazz in New York clubs such as Danny's and Don't Tell Mama. Her CD presents some of the winning arrangements from those shows.