Marlene's musical journey began as a small child. Nurtured by a loving family in the home where she grew up in western Frederick County, Maryland, Marlene notes that she has many musical memories of gathering around a beautiful old upright piano to sing with the family. It was there that a genuine love of music was instilled and as she grew, that genuine love of music was woven into the fabric of her being.
She remembers vividly that as a young girl, she had a favorite poster on the wall of her bedroom that was bright yellow with a picture of a monarch butterfly on it. The poster said, "Hold fast to your dreams, for if dreams die, life is like a broken-winged butterfly that cannot fly." Marlene never forgot that quotation and acknowledges that many of her hopes and dreams have been prayed into being in various aspects of her life, and in some cases, her dreams have been realized far beyond her greatest expectations.
After many years of sharing music with family, friends and areas churches, Marlene decided to share her music with others by recording favorite songs of faith and inspiration on her first CD. As a result, her first recording, With Glad Heart was released in March, 2002. Her newest release, Forever Young At Christmas, is available at area stores or by contacting Marlene at www.marleneyoung.com, Amazon.com or contact via Facebook.
Marlene Young has spent over 35 years in the pace of the busy corporate world. However, she always carved out time for her personal passion of music.
Marlene is President of Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., Vice President of Great Southern Enterprises, a management services company in Frederick, Maryland, a founding partner of Great State Publishing, and previously worked as Vice President Administration for Great Southern Printing and Manufacturing Co., which included The Frederick News-Post and GS Communications.
Musically, Marlene directed the senior choir at Bethel United Methodist Church for nearly 20 years. She frequently sings for weddings, anniversaries and other special events. Initially a music major in college, her career interests shifted to business management. Her many years of studying piano and voice in both high school and college years have allowed her to cultivate her music while expanding her professional career.
Marlene is a member of The Gospel Music Association, a national organization founded in 1964 that promotes the development of all forms of gospel music, in order to further the cause of Jesus Christ.
Marlene believes that it was important that she complete her recording projects in order to “give something back” in recognition of the many aspects of her life that have been enriched by what she calls “divine intervention.” She acknowledges that this divine direction has provided many opportunities both personally and professionally.
A cherished cornerstone, and immeasurable blessing of Marlene's life is that of her family. She and her husband Mike have two incredibly wonderful adult children, Jenny and Steven. The family has been enlarged by their son-in-law Derek, daughter-in-law Lauren and the blessing of six grandchildren. Marlene serves on the Board of Trustees of Hood College and on several advisory committees. The family is actively involved in the community where they have established scholarship funds at both Hood College and the Young Scholars Fund in both Frederick and Washington Counties through the respective Community Foundations to benefit youth preparing to attend college and major in business, education or music, and in their church where Marlene also teaches an adult Sunday School class and is involved in various outreach and missions.