Marlene Young notes that she never ceases to be amazed at how God orchestrates life, down to the smallest details, by opening doors, creating opportunities and networking people. Such has been the case in every aspect of her life, including the production process of her recordings, having released seven CDs to date and with her seventh, and most exciting album called Forever Young at Christmas released for the holiday season, 2013. Marlene gives thanks for the blessing of working with some marvelously talented and spiritually grounded professionals.
Marlene met Doug Benson of Catoctin Mountain Recording, formerly known as Harvest Recording in 1999. With a degree in musical composition, Doug’s musical and technical expertise is well proven in the quality of work produced in his studio. Marlene recognized his blend of musical and spiritual integrity as the right combination for producing her work. Doug Benson is the owner/operator of Catoctin Mountain Recording in Frederick County, Maryland. He has produced over 100 independent albums in the past ten years. With a degree in music theory/composition, he has written and/or arranged literally hundred of songs, and has won numerous awards for songwriting. Doug’s most stellar achievement to date is his original musical “Andrew Michael”, dealing with autism issues, which premiered in 2002 in Washington, DC and Northern Maryland. Doug has also founded the Harvest Autism Research Fund, a non-profit organization designed to raise money for studies into possible biological causes of autism. Of Marlene’s newest project, Doug shares "Keeping Christmas is certainly Marlene's crowning achievement in recording: her voice has reached a point of near-perfection and the excellence of the project is apprent from the first listen. This is no surprise, as the guiding had of God was easily discerned throughout the entire process, and was the dirving force behind it. In our quest for quality, we never stopped having fun, and the result is most wonderful!"
A great sense of Providential direction resulted in some of those featured as back-up and choral vocalists as well as instrumentalists in Marlene’s recordings. She is grateful in particular to Jennifer Soto and Rick Bogart for giving so willingly of their time and talent with her recordings. Jenni earned her BFA in musical theatre from Shenandoah University. She is a frequently featured guest vocalist at many area churches, has been cast in leading roles in numerous musical theater productions, and has sung the National Anthem at Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD for the opening of the Baltimore Orioles major league baseball games. Jenni notes that she feels privileged and honored to be part of Marlene’s projects and it is her prayer that many lives will be touched and moved by the powerful thing we call MUSIC.
Rick M. Bogart is an emerging Contemporary Independent Recording artist, singer, songwriter, producer and founder of reflectministries.org. Rick notes that it’s his mission to reach the world with the message of Jesus Christ by serving His creations. Rick’s first project, Reflect is a message of reflection and his second release, You Are Loved sends the message through personal testimony and conviction that YOU are loved by Almighty God. Rick is featured with Marlene in the pensively powerful number, “The Prayer” on her CD, Treasures.
Violin virtuoso Greg Pinney is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Southern Methodist University. He serves as concertmaster of the Metropolitan Orchestra at Montgomery College where he also enjoys teaching violin. Greg is musically active in and around the metropolitan D.C. area as violinist in the Covington String Quartet, and has taught at Gettysburg College as Artist in Residence and at the University of Arkansas.
Nick G. IntVeldt is a native of Southern California and graduated from the University of California at Irvine before coming East. He studied classical piano all through his student years, and has a great gift for piano improvisation. He serves as Assistant Conductor and accompanist for the Frederick Chorale, and his interest in musical theater has led him to be the music director and/or conductor for numerous show produced by the Fredericktowne Players. Nick enjoys teaching piano at his private studio and serves as an accompanist for the adult choir at Bethel United Methodist Church.
Melissa Mertz Broadwater has studied flute under a number of accomplished masters of the instrument in both high school and college. She uses her special gift to entertain and inspire audiences at special events and in church worship. She has been musically active her entire life, both vocally and instrumentally and currently is a featured singer in the praise band "Offering." Melissa is a nurse at Washington County Hospital/Meritus Medical Center.
Accomplished guitarist Paul Rosenstock adds great dimension to Marlene’s projects. Paul received his musical training at Berkeley. With more than thirty years of playing, Paul has to his noteworthy credit such projects as those of Cleve Francis and the Sons of Thunder, as well as dozens of albums.
Marlene notes with delight that having her son Steven as pianist teamed with violin virtuoso Greg Pinney on an inspirational rendition of What Child Is This on her latest release is a source of great joy and musical delight. It's been a huge joy to have had both of her adult children record with her on various CDs - daughter Jennifer Young Ritter has recorded numbers with her and it has been a special, cherished part of Marlene's projects. “Music was a strong part of the legacy left to me by my mother and I am thankful that it is one of the many bonds that my daughter and son and I share”, Marlene says. Jenny and Steve are talented musicians in their own rights. Jenny plays piano, flute, bassoon and xylophone and has performed in numerous summer music theatrical productions, as well as singing in church choirs. Son Steven is a passionate pianist and sings in various church vocal choirs. Marlene has had great encouragement, support and enthusiasm in her musical endeavors from her husband, Mike as well.