Rock On Purpose


Welcome to Rock on Purpose, where we talk about the music that matters, the rock and roll that uses melody as a vehicle for healing and change.

My name is Mary, and this is the first chapter of a passion project.

I spent seven and a half years on staff with NewReleaseToday, the largest Christian music website in the world. During my time there, I did whatever I could to invest in the Christian rock community, the community that created all the songs that changed everything about me when I was a teenager. Although I loved that job and wouldn’t trade a moment of it for the world, I did occasionally run into professional limits when it came to what I could do with rock and roll. I dreamed about a blog where I could remove the constraints of any external industry expectations, where I could simply talk about the music that mattered most to me.

Now that the NRT chapter is closed in my life, it’s time. Time to talk about music that matters, that has purpose, the way it all began for me: as a pure passion project, free from constraints.

Because I’m talking about music that matters, music that aims to affect healing and change, I’ll occasionally be featuring albums created by artists who do some incredibly valuable work whose worldview I otherwise disagree with. I hope you’re OK with that, and I hope we can talk about it when you have questions. That’s the thing: in the end, this is your project as well as mine. I have a space opened on the site where I’ll be sharing your story, if you’re willing to share it. I’ll be steadily featuring more voices aside from just my own.

If you’d like to be a part of this early chapter, I’d invite you to share this with your friends. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And if you have input on what you’d like to see, or a story to share– my inbox is open to you.

Thank you for being here. Welcome to Rock On Purpose.

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