GRANDMA MARY ROCKS AGAIN FOR A GOOD CAUSE AT THE SOCIETY FOR THE AGED SICK
Grandma Mary made yet another amazing appearance when she performed with her band to the residents of the Society For The Aged Sick. Grandma Mary strummed and played on both the acoustic and electric guitars and sang evergreen songs to the delight of everyone who clapped and swayed to the songs. There was so much joy and love on that special Saturday morning, as reflected on the happy, smiling faces of the residents and care-givers at the Society Of The Aged Sick. Keep on shining, Grandma Mary and continue to spread the love and inspiration wherever you perform. The wonderful musical agelessness and energy of Grandma Mary is always so inspiring. So proud of you, Grandma Mary!

(Society For The Aged Sick Multi Purpose Hall 15 April 2017)

SKILLSFUTURE SG
Read all about how the amazing Grandma Mary started her musical adventure and never stopping : "Mary Ho is a devoted 81-year-old grandma of seven, and a multi-talented guitar player who also plays the harmonica, drums and keyboards. Her passion for music drives her to pick up new skills, like learning Mandarin so she can sing Mandarin songs. Feeling inspired?" Check her inspiring story here.

(SkillsFuture SG - online publication, 9 March 2017)

CHARITY PERFORMANCE FOR SENIOR CITIZEN
Grandma Mary performed for yet another great cause at a lovely and rousing Lunar New Year luncheon at SAFRA Toa Payoh (Tim Palace ballroom) for 200 elderly citizens from various homes/centres including the Bukit Batok Home for the Aged, Sree Narayana Mission Home, Christalike Methodist Home, Xinyuan Community Care and HARP Elderly, amongst others. She strummed, sang and also played on the electric lead guitar which inspired and wowed everyone present. What a great and meaningful start to the Year of the Rooster.

Happy, Healthy and Much Blessed Lunar New Year everyone! Keep up all the amazing work Grandma Mary!

(Charity Performance for Senior Citizens - SAFRA Toa Payoh, Tim Palace ballroom, 4 February 2017)

CHARITY PERFORMANCE: COLLAGES - COLLECTIVITY THROUGH THE AGES IN SUPPORT OF CARE CORNER
Grandma Mary made another rousing appearance on a lovely Saturday morning with her band at the Amphitheatre at Holland Close in support of the Care Corner in its 35th year of providing care and sharing love. The Care Corner aids families suffering from violence and other challenges . Grandma Mary played Santana's Samba Pa Ti and the blues, I Need Your Love So Bad . She also strummed and sang four songs to the delight of everyone . Bravo, Grandma Mary for spreading your love and sunshine all around . You are a great inspiration to everyone around the world. Keep it going, Grandma Mary!

(Collages - Collectivity Through The Ages, Amphitheatre 5 Holland Close, 10 December 2016)

RINGING IN THE FESTIVE SEASON AT THE HEALTHY AGEING ASSOCIATION HIGH TEA BUFFET
The amazing Grandma Mary brought Christmas cheer by rocking again on her lead and acoustic guitars and vocals with her band at a very young-at-heart early Christmas High Tea at Raffles Room, The Tanglin Club with HAA , the Healthy Ageing Association, to a highly appreciative audience who clapped, danced and sang along. What a wonderful Christmas High Tea party it was!

"You've got to love what you're doing and continue doing what you love. Age does not matter. We are too young to grow old and it's never too late to learn anything" ~ Grandma Mary Ho

(Healthy Ageing Association, Raffles Room The Tanglin Club, 3 December 2016)

VIVA FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER AND THE SARAH-GRACE FOUNDATION
The amazing Grandma Mary made a guest appearance and rocked with her band at the "The Circle of life" gala fundraising dinner in aid of Viva Foundation for Children with Cancer and the Sarah-Grace Foundation. The gala dinner raised funds for research in paediatric tumours, including sarcoma. The research will be conducted through the KK- VIVA programme, at the KK women and Children's Hospital in Singapore in order to find newer and better therapies with which to treat paediatric tumours and sarcomas. Bravo Grandma Mary for such a kind and generous heart towards an excellent cause! Keep that inspirational musical flame burning brightly!

(Viva Foundation for Children with Cancer and the Sarah-Grace Foundation, Fullerton Hotel, 22 October 2016)

YMCA SILVER FIESTA PERFORMANCE
Grandma Mary lit up the morning with her wonderful and inspirational guitar playing, strumming and singing with her band at the Silver Fiesta, an annual event organised by YMCA of Singapore since 2012. The event engages youth volunteers from various schools and institutions to promote intergenerational bonding and active-ageing lifestyle amongst elderly. Silver Fiesta has enriched the lives of some 2,000 senior citizens with the support of over 1,500 youth volunteers. Another gift from the heart from Grandma Mary. Bravo!

(Silver Fiesta, Toa Payoh Hub, 30 September 2016)

22nd FEDERATION OF ASIA-PACIFIC WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION (FAWA) CONVENTION
Grandma Mary together with her band rocked the stage again with her lead guitar and vocals at the 22nd Federation of Asia-Pacific Women's Association Convention hosted by the Singapore Women's Association (SWA). The theme of the convention was The Future of Humanity: Leaving A Legacy. In line with the theme, Grandma Mary is certainly leaving a musical legacy by inspiring fellow women never to give up pursuing their passion, whatever their age. Keep on shining, Grandma Mary!

(22nd FAWA Convention, Hotel Grand Pacific, 29 September 2016)

UNIQLO's first global flagship store preview party
"To celebrate the opening of UNIQLO's first global flagship store on 2 September 2016, Grandma Mary, who was featured in the "YOUR STAGE.NOW LIFE" campaign, was invited to a preview party at Orchard Central. It was a lovely and successful preview party. Grandma Mary was warmly welcomed by organisers and staff at UNIQLO, amongst whom was the founder and CEO of UNIQLO, Mr Tadashi Yanai. What an amazing party to remember! Thank you and Congratulations to UNIQLO!

(UNIQLO preview party, Orchard Central, 1 September 2016)

Taste of Heaven Benefit Dinner and Book Launch
Grandma Mary did her bit for charity by playing the guitar and singing as special guest to help raise funds for the Daughters of St Paul Building Fund. Grandma Mary who turned 80 this year, inspired the guests not only with her versatile guitar playing, both electric and acoustic, but also strong vocals. Well done, Grandma Mary! What a Blessing!

(Taste of Heaven Benefit Dinner - Sheraton Towers, Grand Ballroom, 13 August 2016)

UNIQLO's first global flagship store in South-East Asia
"When Mary first heard Carlos Santana play the guitar, she was hooked. Parents and teachers discouraged her, life interrupted her, but Mary's passion for the guitar only grew. At the age of 60, she decided that it was time to pursue her dreams. She hopes to inspire young and old alike to do what you love." Catch the amazing Grandma Mary in the "Yourstagenowlive" campaign to mark the opening of UNIQLO's first global flagship store in South-East Asia in Orchard Central http://yourstagenowlive.sg/campaign/your-stage-now-live/mary-ho Brilliant, Grandma Mary!

("Yourstagenowlive" campaign by UNIQLO, 5 August 2016)

Golden Memories and Caring Hearts Charity Concert organised by Francis Yuen
Grandma Mary makes another amazing appearance with the Simon Yong band, this time at a charity concert weaving golden melodies and evergreen tunes in aid of the Singapore Children's Society for their 1000 Enterprises for Children-In-Need program. It was a heart-warming performance for a worthy cause played to a full house! Brilliant work, Grandma Mary!

(Golden Memories and caring hearts Charity Concert - Esplanade Recital Studio, 13 June 2016)

MUSIC FOR A CAUSE - SINGAPORE's FIRST SOCIAL CAUSE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Rock or blues, shine or rain, Grandma Mary's forever rockin'! Wonderful performance today as guest of the Simon Yong band and friends at the Music for a Cause, Singapore's first social cause music festival, in aid of 5 charities: Canossaville's Children Home, Daughters of Tomorrow, Migrant Workers' Centre, Silver Ribbon Singapore and Causes for Animals. Grandma Mary shone in this very special concert for a good cause as guest of a band comprising young and upcoming musical stars. Her presence added colour and energy on a lovely Saturday afternoon.

(Music For A Cause - Singapore's first social cause music festival, SCAPE, 4 June 2016)

7th AGEING ASIA INNOVATION FORUM AND 4th ELDERCARE INNOVATION AWARDS 2016
The unstoppable Grandma Mary inspiring and amazing all over again with her electric and acoustic guitars and vocals at the 7th Ageing Asia Innovation Forum and 4th Eldercare Innovation Awards 2016. She is indeed the perfect golden postergirl for active ageing and everyone was floored by Grandma Mary's tireless and endless sharing of her passion for music. Bravo, Grandma Mary!

(7th Ageing Asia Innovation Forum and 4th Eldercare Innovation Awards 2016, Cassia Ballroom, Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, 27 April 2016)

THE GREAT HERITAGE MYSTERY - GRANDMA MARY ROCKS AGAIN
When it comes to Grandma Mary, you can't stop the music. She sent the audience clapping, singing and dancing at closing of The Great Singapore Heritage Mystery held at the Tanjong Pagar Community Club on 6 March 2016, jointly organised by SSEAYP International Singapore, NTU Heritage Club and Tanjong Pagar CC Youth Club. What a wonderful treat it turned out to be for everyone! Excellent, Grandma Mary!

(The Great Heritage Mystery, Tanjong Pagar Community Club, 6 March 2016)

MORNING EXPRESS - Channel 8 News
The sensational Grandma Mary never stops rocking. She was recently featured in the Morning Express, a Channel 8 News segment, where played on the electric lead guitar as well as sang and strummed on the acoustic guitar accompanied by her musican friends, John Yap, Sammin Ang and Augustine Cheong . Grandma Mary was also interviewed and spoke in Mandarin about what made her start picking up the guitar, how she spends family time with her grandchildren as well as quality time with her friends, her favourite artistes and why she enjoys playing the guitar, amongst others. Click on this link to enjoy the programme : http://www.channel8news.sg/news8/ca/morningexpress/episodes/20151113-me-hobby/2257328.html

(Morning Express - Channel 8 News, 13 November 2015)

Launch of the new-VIVA, Vauxhall Motors
To celebrate the launch of the new-VIVA, Vauxhall Motors, top British automotive manufacturing and distribution company compared the lives of the over 50s of today with the over 50s of yester-year. How has life changed since the first Vauxhall VIVA rolled off the production line over 50 years ago? The answer comes in this thrilling "This Gran Can" video clip which shows that our seniors are enjoying more freedom and now embracing a greater sense of adventure no matter what their age. Watch Singapore's coolest rocking Grandma Mary make an appearance in this invigorating video clip. To watch click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rBhc1VeYFM

(Vauxhall Motors 28 August 2015)

Meet S'pore's 78-year-old rocker granny
Grandma Mary was featured on SPH Razor as a "living testament" that it is never too late to learn something new. She never fails to inspire all who speak with her or get to know about her. "The grandmother of seven had no prior music knowledge, but went from zero to guitar hero when she was 60... Mary now owns 13 guitars, has played at numerous charity events and was recently featured on the SG50 website and Facebook page. She hopes to continue inspiring both the young and the old with her passion for life. 'We need to do something that we love. If you love something, you will definitely go and do it and in the end, you will be very happy,' Mary said." To read more about the inspirational interview, click here http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/meet-spores-78-year-old-rocker-granny. To watch the video clip, click here - http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/meet-spores-78-year-old-rocker-granny#sthash.UvvrLqYq.dpuf

(Asiaone Singapore, 29 January 2015)

SHIN MIN Daily News
The Shin Min Daily News featured cool and inspiring Grandma Mary in its new Question and Answer Column. Some of the translated questions and answers are reproduced here.

(Q) You were part of the SG50 campaign, how did you feel seeing yourself on posters put up in MRT trains and at many bus-stops around the island?
(A) I was born in Singapore in 1936 and lived here all my life. I am 80 years old according to the Chinese calendar and love my Singapore very much. I can't tell you how happy I am to know that Singapore loves me too. It brings me great joy to see my posters in MRT trains and bus stops around the island.

(Q) What is the message you wish to share with fellow Singaporeans?
(A) My message is that no matter how small our hometown is, we should always be proud of it and stand up for it. Singapore is our home. We must also make sure that we keep up with the times and never stop learning and improving.

(Q) Why did you start learning the guitar only when you were 60 years old? What was the biggest challenge you faced?
(A) I helped to look after my grandchildren when they were very young and stayed home with them most of the time, although they had helpers. I missed my own activities and hobbies so I brought my entertainment home. When I had more time at 60, I started to learn to play the guitar which I loved since young. I love music very much and the sound of the guitar gives me much pleasure. At first, I only started to strum and sing. Later, I progressed to playing the lead(solo). The greatest challenge I faced was not having any musical background. I could not read music notes or tablature. However, I had the passion and determination to do well. I didn't face any other difficulty except to practise really very hard and I did so till my fingers hurt and bled. Now, my fingers do not bleed anymore and there has been no looking back since.

(Q) How many guitars do you own now ?
(A) I have about 20 guitars now.

(Q) Which one do you love most and why?
(A) The guitar I love most is the PRS Custom 24. It has a thin neck and fits my small hands, making it easier to play. I am inspired by Carlos Santana and BB King who have used those models.

(Q) More than 4 million people have heard you play. What do you think of this "celebrity status"?
(A) Actually I just love to play the guitar for fun. It gives me great joy. I don't know that I have "Celebrity Status" and didn't realise that I have more than 4 million people who have heard me play until my family and friends told me.

(Q) Besides playing the guitar, what are your other hobbies?
(A) My other hobbies are listening to music, dancing - ballroom and latin, acting, playing the organ/keyboard, harmonica, drums, singing, travelling and playing mahjong.

(Q) Your paternal grandfather Ho Sum Tin is one of the founding members of Sam Sui Association in Singapore, as well as a member of the Nanyang Tongmenghui supporting Sun Yat Sen. What did you learn from him?
(A) I was born in 1930s and have lived through World War II. My grandfather died during the Japanese Occupation. I was very young then, around 5 or 6 years old. I remember vaguely that my parents, aunties and other family members would burn all signboards, items and documents associated with Sun Yet Sun because the Japanese were looking for him. I was too young to learn anything directly from my grandfather. From the stories that I heard from my parents, aunties and family members, I learnt that he was a Chinese physician and was very kind, passionate and philanthropic. He also provided food and shelter for Chinese labourers. I am very proud of my grandfather, Ho Sum Tin.

Keep trailblazing and inspiring regardless of language or culture, Grandma Mary. Bravo!

(Shin Min Daily News, 25 May 2015)

News at the Singapore Council of Women's Organization
What keeps Grandma Mary busy? Apart from rocking the stage with her guitar, and a hundred and one things that keep her busy, Grandma Mary also volunteers at the IT Hub of the Singapore Council of Women' s Organization (SCWO) . In the January 2015 newsletter issue of News@SCWO, Grandma Mary reveals that volunteering gives her much happiness, like playing the guitar. She encourages and inspires students to keep it going. In her own words: "find what you really love and go ahead and do it but you must find the time to practice. [Allotting] time is very important. You must have time, passion, and [determination] in order to succeed." To read, click on the link to the article here. Thank you Grandma Mary for being such a huge inspiration!

(News@ SCWO Newsletter Issue, 26 January 2015)

Meet S'pore's 78-year-old rocker granny
Grandma Mary was featured on SPH Razor as a "living testament" that it is never too late to learn something new. She never fails to inspire all who speak with her or get to know about her. "The grandmother of seven had no prior music knowledge, but went from zero to guitar hero when she was 60... Mary now owns 13 guitars, has played at numerous charity events and was recently featured on the SG50 website and Facebook page. She hopes to continue inspiring both the young and the old with her passion for life. 'We need to do something that we love. If you love something, you will definitely go and do it and in the end, you will be very happy,' Mary said." To read more about the inspirational interview, click here http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/meet-spores-78-year-old-rocker-granny. To watch the video clip, click here - http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/meet-spores-78-year-old-rocker-granny#sthash.UvvrLqYq.dpuf

(Asiaone Singapore, 29 January 2015)

Down Memory Lane - a musical extravaganza
The One and Only Grandma Mary and her band rocked and rolled again at the "Down Memory Lane" concert, a 3-hour musical extravaganza in celebration of SG50 and Elvis Presley's 80th Birthday at the Kallang Theatre on 10th January 2015. The concert featured a stellar cast of performers including 5 Elvis Tribute Artistes performing favourite songs from the Beetles, Bee Gees, Tom Jones, Shadows, just to name a few, and was hosted by Brian Richmond and Doreen Chia. Awesome and encore, Grandma Mary!

(Down Memory Lance, a musical extravaganza in conjunction with SG50 celebrations, 10 January 2015)

SG50 - " Do what you can and do what you love"
Posters of Grandma Mary rocking the guitar have been put up all over the island with the inspirational message of never giving up on one's dreams no matter the age, in conjunction with our nation's celebration of 50 years of independence. In the writeup on Singapore's Grande Dame of musical inspiration, it was said that "Music has provided Mary with a sense of fulfilment, and she has not stopped sharing her talent since mastering her craft. "I'm too young to grow old," she proclaims. She performs pro-bono at charity concerts to raise funds for the less fortunate...Today, over 4 million people have heard her play. Finally, Mary is sharing her music with the world."
Bravo, Grandma Mary. We are so very proud of you!

To read more, kindly click here
(SG50, 8 December 2014)

EYE ON THE FUTURE
Grandma Mary lit up the stage again with her infectious energy and for a great cause. She brought the house down with her guitar playing and vocals, accompanied by her band, at the "Eye Ball" a charitable event in support of the cure for blindness and eye diseases in partnership with The Singapore Eye Research Institute and The Singapore National Eye Centre.

Keep up with the great charitable work, Grandma!

(Eye On The Future, The Fullerton Hotel 24 October 2014)

IT'S A GOLD!
Heartiest Congratulations to our well-loved Grandma Mary for the GOLD and People's Vote awards at the European Lovie Awards 2014. Grandma Mary was featured in the Samsung - Companion Stories commercial online video clip, featuring bits of her ever busy and inspiring moments, produced by Jam. Simply Amazing!

Check this out here:- http://winners.lovieawards.eu/#!a=459

(The Lovie Awards, 15 October 2014)

TEE TO BEAT PARKINSON: CHARITY GOLF & DINNER 2014
Grandma Mary, accompanied by her band, amazed and continued to inspire the crowd by playing the electric and acoustic guitars as well as singing several evergreen hits such as "Half as Much" , "Jambalaya" and "Your Cheating Heart" by Hank Williams at the Tee to Beat Parkinson Charity Golf & Dinner on 10 October 2014 in aid of the Parkinson Society. The guest-of-honour at the event was Mr. Wong Kan Seng with Brian Richmond as the host. The charity concert helped raise more than S$400,000 towards a worthy cause. Bravo Grandma Mary and keep rocking!

(Tee To Beat Parkinson Charity Golf & Dinner, Jurong Country Club, 10 October 2014)

THE STRAITS TIMES: Grandma Mary's secret to smooth and creamy green bean soup
"The comforting green bean soup is a hotly requested family favourite and the fragrance of the pandan leaves, coconut milk and gula melaka is a familiar aroma wafting through her kitchen almost every week..." Grandma Mary not only rocks on stage but apparently in the kitchen too! Check out her secret to scrumptious green bean soup, a family favourite and her full recipe in the Straits Times article reported by Eunice Quek.
Click on the link to read :- http://www.soshiok.com/content/retiree-shares-secret-her-smooth-and-creamy-green-bean-soup

(The Straits Times, 2 October 2014)

Families for Life Celebrations
Grandma Mary rocked and inspired on stage once again on her electric and acoustic guitars at the Families for Life celebrations in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family held at the Singapore Sports Hub. She also sang two lively country numbers by Hank Williams, with the crowd asking for more.The National Family Celebrations has been an iconic event for Singaporean families since 1985. It provides a platform for families to spend time together and create shared memories and Grandma Mary is indeed honoured to be invited to lend a helping hand for a good cause. Stay tuned for more of Grandma Mary's exciting performances coming up in October!

(Families for Life, Singapore Sports Hub, 13 September 2014)

Chasing Longevity, Channel NewsAsia
Grandma Mary was interviewed by host, Adrian Pang, on “ Chasing Longevity” a Channel NewsAsia television documentary that sheds some light on what happens when we age and how we can do it better. "Do what you love” says Grandma Mary who lives her life and passion to the fullest. Well done, Grandma!

Watch the documentary on this link (Grandma Mary appears 19:38 onward).

(Chasing Longevity, Channel NewsAsia, 11 September 2014)

Media Launch - Families for Life
Grandma Mary was invited to participate at the Families for Life Celebrations as a guest performer. At the media launch held at the Wavehouse in Sentosa, she was invited with her entire family, including all her seven grandchildren, to have fun and bond by making popiah together – a highlight of the Families for Life Celebrations. The National Family Celebrations, an iconic event for Singaporean families since 1985, has been providing a platform for families to spend time together and creating shared memories. This year, the Celebrations were renamed "Families for Life Celebrations" and took place from 13 to 14 September 2014 at the Singapore Sports Hub with the theme “Family Time. Precious Time”. It provides a platform for multi-generational families to spend precious time together and participate in family-oriented activities.

To read more, click here.

(Media launch, Families for Life, 2 September 2014)

FairPrice Walks with U 2014
Grandma Mary wowed the crowd again at the FairPrice Walks with U 2014 event at the Promontory, Marina Bay, which reportedly saw an amazing turnout of 6,000 participants that played a big part in the festivities. She was invited to play as a guest performer, with her band, providing some live entertainment at the scenic 5km walk for a good cause. FairPrice Foundation donated 1 million dollars to help needy families through the FairPrice Food Voucher Scheme. Rock on, Grandma Mary! It was an amazing early morning performance!

(FairPrice Walks with U 2, 30August 2014)

Young@Art: Episode 2
This episode was replayed on Channel 5 recently wherein Grandma Mary starred in a documentary programme showcasing her love and passion for music and the electric guitar hosted by The Flying Dutchman and Oon Shu An. "... It is just so wonderful that she has got the time now for herself. She spent so much of her life looking after children and then grandchildren and now that she's got the time, she has put her life together and she's achieved so much. She is so inspirational, so motivational... and she's found a whole circle of new friends. People always think that as you grow older you have lesser and lesser people around you but she's got a whole world of friends now. Her entire social network is growing and growing. Her talents are being developed as she dares to try new things... and there's not just music, there's the dance and there's her outings and her friends... and there's her mahjong. 5 million hits on YouTube on one song is no joke. Korea may have their Psy, Singapore has Grandma Mary..." - The Flying Dutchman and Oon Shu Ann.

Watch the documentary on this link.

(Young@Art,channel 5 MediaCorp, 28 August 2014)

AGEING ASIA: 2nd Eldercare Innovation Awards Ceremony and Dinner 2014
When one has passion, age is no hindrance at all. After all, age is just a number, as the saying goes. Grandma Mary strikes again, rockin' and rollin' one more time with both acoustic and electric guitars, vocals and dance at the 2nd Eldercare Innovation Awards Ceremony and Dinner 2014. What an amazing show hosted by Ageing Asia. Keep it going, Grandma Mary!

(2nd Eldercare Innovation Awards Ceremony and Dinner, MBS Expo & Convention Center, 2 April 2014)

50plus EXPO 2014
Grandma Mary made an appearance to inspire with a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n roll at the 50plus EXPO 2014 hosted by Council for Third Age (C3A)and organised by Pico. It was an amazing performance which got the audience clapping and tapping their feet as Grandma Mary belted out a country western number made popular by Hank Williams: "If You Love Me Half As Much As I Love You". Following that was Carlos Santana's Samba Pati. Grandma Mary then showed her versatility by dancing to a quick rock and roll number "Johnny Be Good" in the final segment of her show. Bravo!

(50plus EXPO 2014, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, 29th March 2014)

Spreading the Love for Valentine's Day
Grandma Mary made gave her musical offering for charity again, along with other musicians, including her bandmates, Adil Hussein, Mohamed Fuad, Abdul Rahman, Jeffrey Dragon and Hash, at the The Love Gala dinner , a concert hosted by Dick Lee in celebration of his 40th Anniversary in music, at the Flower Dome at the Gardens by the Bay on 13 Feb 2014. It was indeed a rousing performance in celebration of love, on the eve of Valentine’s Day. All proceeds from the sale of tickets purchased through Caritas Singapore went towards the Agape Village – Caritas Singapore building fund, in joint collaboration with Viva Foundation For Children With Cancer. Grandma Mary garnered the highest collective donation amount that night and received a prize from the Guest-of-Honour, the Honourable Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon. Rock on Grandma Mary!

(The Love Gala, Flower Dome at the Gardens by the Bay, 13th February, 2014)

Never Too Late to Bloom: Becoming the Woman You Were Meant To Be
Pat Balvanz, coach, mentor and writer specialising in assisting women late bloomers, wrote of Grandma Mary in her inspirational book, Never Too Late to Bloom: Becoming the Woman You Were Meant To Be :-

"Mary Ho (1936 - ) started learning to play the acoustic guitar at age 60. She had no musical background and very little support for her endeavor, but she persevered and is now the darling of Singapore where she is affectionately known as Grandma Mary.
She has performed with distinction for over 10 years.
Mary's lesson : Don't die with your music still inside you."

Read all about it in this lovely inspirational book which was recently published on 23rd February 2014 and available in kindle edition fromAmazon.com - http://www.amazon.com/Never-Too-Late-Bloom-Becoming-ebook/dp/B00IM20BH0/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1393247963&sr=8-15&keywords=balvanz

Publisher O. B. Lowry Publishing, 1st edition (23rd February, 2014)

From the Chinese Press
The musical language knows no boundaries. In the Lianhe Zaobao and Wo Bao (My Paper),Grandma Mary's inspirational story of how she picked up the guitar at the age of 60 and never looked back was featured in the Chinese press. The article also mentioned that this multitalented senior was invited to guest perform at the World Open Dance Showcase held on 14 March 2011 at the Hong kong Convention Centre where Grandma Mary wowed the audience with her electric guitar playing followed by a Rhumba, Jive and Rock 'n' Roll dance performance with award-winning Latin dance star and TV presenter Michael Petr. Grandma Mary's philosophy of "Never too old to be young" is certainly making news, and this internet sensation, garnering a total viewership of more than 5 million hits is still continuing to perform for charities and inspiring many across the globe to dare to dream.

(Lianhe Zaobao 3rd September 2013, Wobao 3rd September 2013)

UNBELIEVABLE Fuji Television Network Japan
Grandma Mary was interviewed by Alexandre Yukio for a feature on Fuji TV in a programme entitled "Unbelievable", a weekly television programme showcasing amazing news all around the globe, on how she picked up the guitar, her hobbles as well as activities with family and friends, and also how she continues to inspire them.

(Fuji Television Network Japan)

SENIORSALOUD - network for our amazing seniors
Mary Ho, 77, started out learning to play the acoustic guitar at the age of 60. That soon developed into a passion for playing the blues on the electric lead guitar. When I heard her video on Youtube for the first time, I was completely blown away. And later when I checked out her website at Grandma Mary Rocks, I was left in jaw-dropping awe by what this remarkable grandma of seven has achieved in a short span of time. Google her and you will agree with me..." writes Lily Fu, the founder of blogspot,Seniorsaloud, which is dedicated to the community of seniors. Read all about it and how Grandma Mary continues to inspire across the causeway and beyond. Click on http://seniorsaloud.blogspot.sg/2013/12/wait-till-you-hear-grandma-mary-she.html

(Seniorsaloud blogspot, 29th December 2013)

CHARITY CONCERT IN AID OF THE VICTIMS OF TYPHOON HAIYAN
Grandma Mary played her part in the spirit of the Advent season by performing on the lead guitar (accompanied by Dennis Ferdinands, Abdul Shukor Jalil and Adi Junaidi Musa) at a fund-raising concert to raise funds for the victims of supertyphoon Haiyan on Sunday, 15th December at the Marine Parade Community Club Theatrette. Other performers included Jimmy Chan, The Voiz@Work, Alex Rivera and Dennis, MenAcoustic Band, Matthew & The Mandarins, Penny Lane, Anne Koh, with Larry Lai as compere and Goh Chok Tong as special guest. Love and hope certainly filled the air at the lovely heartwarming concert.

(Marine Parade Community Club Theatrette, 15th December 2013, 2pm to 4pm)

GRANDMA MARY AND FRIENDS - Esplanade Concourse
It was a lovely date down memory lane with friends as Grandma Mary rocked the guitar with musician friends, Mel Ferdinands, Dennis Ferdinands, Abdul Shukor Jalil, Adi Junaidi Musa. It was a triple treat as Grandma also rock and rolled on the dance floor and sang, for the first time in public, the evergreen song "Don't Forget to Remember Me", a beautiful ballad made popular by the Bee Gees. It was certainly an unforgettable night of song and dance!

(The Concourse, Esplanade, 7 November 2013, 7.15pm and 8.15pm)

Grandma Mary - The Grandma of Rock
In the latest publication of 'Companion Stories' for Samsung's GALAXY S4, Grandma Mary is exclusively featured as The Grandma of Rock in this endearing and inspirational film which went online worldwide on 26 August 2013.

"Meet Grandma Mary in the second instalment of our Companion Stories video series. 77 years old and still playing blues guitar, she's entertaining her family and bringing joy to millions online.

Enjoy her remarkable story and hear how her music has brought her family together - showing her grandchildren that they are never too old to follow their dreams. We join Grandma Mary in Singapore to see how she stays connected and inspires those around her in her using the GALAXY S4, Sound and Shot and Group Play."

Catch this phenomenal video and watch how Grandma Mary, in her own words, "just loves to rock" on this link :- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a0q8k7iZE0

Bravo, Mary!

(26 August 2013 - Samsung)

Okto Young@Art : Episode 2 Channel 108
Grandma Mary starred in a documentary programme showcasing her love and passion for music and the electric guitar hosted by The Flying Dutchman and Oon Shu An. "... It is just so wonderful that she has got the time now for herself. She spent so much of her life looking after children and then grandchildren and now that she's got the time, she has put her life together and she's achieved so much. She is so inspirational, so motivational... and she's found a whole circle of new friends. People always think that as you grow older you have lesser and lesser people around you but she's got a whole world of friends now. Her entire social network is growing and growing. Her talents are being developed as she dares to try new things... and there's not just music, there's the dance and there's her outings and her friends... and there's her mahjong. 5 million hits on YouTube on one song is no joke. Korea may have their Psy, Singapore has Grandma Mary..." - The Flying Dutchman and Oon Shu Ann.

Watch the documentary on this link :- http://video.xin.msn.com/watch/video/episode-2/2gs22jyc5

(6 August 2013 - MediaCorp)

The Final 1 : MediaCorp Channel 5
Grandma Mary rocked and entertained the audience yet again with her guitar skills as the inspirational guest performer on the Channel 5 reality singing competition, The Final 1, hosted by Vanessa Ann Vanderstraaten, with Ken Lim, Kit Chan and Taufik Batisah as the resident judges. " With over 5 million views around the world she is a star in her own right", "Santana dedicated a song to her when he came to Singapore", "She is hip, she is cool and she has many talents". Catch what Grandma Mary's family and friends have to say about her, as well as her live performance on this link :- https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200589495713566

(15 May 2013 - MediaCorp)

On The Red Dot : MSN Video
Grandma Mary was cast as the barefoot Singapore granny walking along the streets of Singapore as part of a social experiment to find out if our society had been inspired by the Korean taekwando coach, Choi Dae Hoe's act of graciousness when he kindly offered his slippers to a barefoot elderly lady on the bus. Watch our versatile Grandma Mary being totally transformed and assuming a different role in this video clip to promote awareness of graciousness in our society.
http://video.xin.msn.com/watch/video/on-the-red-dot-bite-size-13/1b8i85dfl

(27 February 2013 - MediaCorp)

Food Reformers To Go: We Are Young: Channel NewsAsia
"Does age necessarily need to slow us down? Not if these silver surfers are to be believed. Meet a 76 year old grandma who plays the electric guitar and has received over 3 million views on YouTube..." Catch Grandma Mary once again in the exclusive interview presented by Channel NewsAsia via this link
Food Reformers To go: We are young

"Ageing is beautiful - I do not fear ageing at all because with age you have more experience, you are wiser, you have more confidence, and also you have more time to do what you want to do... and that's beautiful" ~ Grandma Mary
(27 June 2012 - Channel NewsAsia)

Grandma Mary plays at the 25th Anniversary dinner of Yeo-Leong & Peh LLC
Grandma Mary thrilled and entertained 650 guests at the 25th Anniversary celebration dinner of law corporation Yeo-Leong & Peh LLC at the Island ballroom, Shangri-La Hotel. She was accompanied by the internationally acclaimed jazz band, the Jeremy Monteiro Trio comprising Jeremy Monteiro (keyboard) Tamagoh (drums) Brian Benson (bass) with special guest vocalist, Claressa Monteiro.

Jaime Yeo, the compere for the evening, introduced grandma Mary in some of the following words :-

"Grandma Mary, aged 76, is said to be possibly one of the coolest grandmas. She first started learning to strum the acoustic guitar at 60. She's been featured in numerous publications, appeared in many public performances and TV programs in Singapore and abroad, inspiring and motivating others, as well as for charitable causes. She was featured as the cool guitar-playing from Singapore in the CBS news segment "Under the Radar" in 2009. In 2011, Grandma Mary performed at the World Open dance Showcase held at the Hong Kong convention Centre on 14 March 2011 and brought the house down playing the electric guitar and performing Rhumba, Swing, Rock n Roll dance items with international award-winning dancer and TV presenter Michael Petr. Her YouTube postings have made her an international sensation and her YouTube rank made it to the top 12 music videos with more than 3 million viewers in Japan, Thailand, Singapore, amongst other countries. Her videos are listed as "one of the most subscribed (all time) in Singapore with Honors". Grandma Mary has also cut a CD album entitled Grandma Mary Rocks which is distributed to all our guests here tonight..."
(27 April 2012 - 25th Anniversary dinner of Yeo-Leong & Peh LLC)


Channel 5 Mediacorp
Mary was interviewed by roving reporter, Kelly Latimer, in a current television programme, Singapore Talking, hosted by Bharati Jagdish and aired on Channel 5.
In this programme, Mary gave tips and guidance on active aging and ways to keep busy and healthy. Said the host of Mary, " I am less than half her age and yet I am not as active as that...".
Watch the video clip of the lively programme via this link http://video.xin.msn.com/watch/video/episode-12/1tqhnu6gf
(18 March 2012 - Channel 5 Mediacorp Singapore Talking 10.30pm)


There's Something About Mary
Mary continues to spark inspiration to all in a feature on Agelessonline, an online magazine for seniors about active ageing, health, finance and other interesting information to help seniors live healthier and happier. "Learning to play the acoustic guitar without a musical background when you are 60-something is adventurous, to say the least. If you go on to play the lead electric guitar and perform live, it is no mean feat indeed. In fact, it's pretty darn cool." Read about it on http://www.agelessonline.net/1981/theres-something-about-mary/
(20 March 2012 - Cheok Mei-ing Agelessonline)


Dazzling Christmas Party @ Mandarin Orchard
Grandma Mary performed again at a Christmas party organized by the New Life Community Church on 25 December 2011. The theme of the party was "Dazzling Christmas" and appearing with her was her grandson, Bertrand. Grandma Mary's lively spirit and courage indeed dazzled and inspired everyone, juniors and seniors alike from all walks of life, to take on a positive spirit of learning, sharing and serving.
(25 December 2011)


International Volunteer Day@Scape, 26 November 2011
Grandma Mary performed at the event "Walk With Me" held at the Scape on International Volunteer Day on 26 November 2011 which marked the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers. Also appearing were local celebrities, Gurmit Singh, Hossan Leong, amongst others, at the rousing event organized by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) in joint forces with its volunteer host organisation (VHO) partners: Lions Befrienders, Asian Women's Welfare Association, Pertapis, Sathya Sai, Singapore Association for Mental Health, Thye Hua Kwan Moral Society, YMCA of Singapore and the Methodist Welfare Services.
(26 November 2011)


Grandma Diva Rocks And Plays Santana
"She is one of the most celebrated grandmothers in Singapore so when I wrote to her asking how she manages to play the solid guitar at such a tender age she wrote this personal note..." Read all about it on http://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com
(4 July 2011- Andy Lim, Singapore60s Blogger)


Grandma Discovers The Blues | Blues Asia Network
"Her fame is spreading. Just last March, she was a featured performer at the World Open Dance Showcase in Hong Kong. Her website lists many other performances and press clips... Grandma Mary proves once again: one is never too old - or too young - to dig the blues..."
(13 May 2011 -Tom Colvin, founder and editor-in-chief of BLUES ASIA NETWORK)


Gold 90.5FM presented by Brian Richmond
"...She has embraced life to the fullest and just when everybody started retiring at the age of 60, she started picking up some new skills. She learnt to strum the acoustic guitar... and went on to do a few other things as well. Then she started to learn to play the lead guitar. That's right... there was no turning back. Today at the age of 71, she is certainly an inspiration to a lot of people around her. Apart from playing the guitar she also dances, she plays the electone, the drums, harmonica, she loves drama, and she loves traveling. This is one woman who really loves life..."
Brian Richmond who played Mary's recording of the "Black Magic Woman", a track from her album "Grandma Mary's Latin Rock" on Gold 90.5FM.


World Open Dance Showcase (Hong Kong)
Mary performed at the World Open Dance Showcase held at the Hong Kong Convention Centre on 14 March 2011. She brought the house down playing the electric guitar and performing a Rhumba, Swing and Rock n Rock dance item with international dancer and TV presenter Michael Petr.

All In A Woman's Day
"Nothing Is Impossible - an elderly lady rocks the crowd as she strums the guitar at a social event... Nothing is impossible in the eyes of the Labour Movement and there are no barriers that hinder progress and achievements" - an extract from "A Photo Book" by NTUC Women's Development Secretariat - in commemoration of NTUC's 50th year anniversary featuring Mary.
(18 February 2011)

Lifewise Magazine
"When I play, I feel happy and lost in my own world. I enjoy the thrill of performing; it helps me connect with people. My grandchildren admire my spirit and want to be like me when they grow old."
(Issue 31 - Jan/Feb 2011)

Mel & Joe "40 Years & Still Rocking Live in Concert with Family & Friends"
Mary performed as guest guitarist with grand-daughter, Desiree, on the drums at the Mel and Joe 40th Anniversary concert with family and friends at D'Marquee Downtown East in Singapore. Mary thrilled and inspired the audience with her rendition of the swinging blues "I Need Your Love So Bad" By Peter Green and also "Samba Pa Ti" by Carlos Santana.
(28 November 2010)

Mary, the Guitar Granny
" Samba Pa Ti by Santana is not a song you would expect a grandmother to know, much less play effortlessly on the electric guitar. But the rock classic inspired Madam Mary Ho, 74, who has seven grandchildren, to pick up the guitar. "
(The New Paper, 3 April 2010)

Singapore Council of Women's Organisations 30th anniversary gala dinner
Mary and her grandson, Bertrand, performed at the Singapore Council of Women's Organisations 30th anniversary gala dinner attended by guest-of-honour Mrs S R Nathan and special guests Mrs Lim Hwee Hua and Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon on 31 March 2010.
31 March 2010

NAC-EXXON MOBIL Concert in the Park
Mary and her grandson, Bertrand, played at the NAC-Exxon Mobil "Artreach" concert at the Sembawang Park on 28th March 2010.
28 March 2010

Overcoming the generation gap through music :
" I believe that in order to be close to your grandchildren, you have to first get along with your own children. Then your grandchildren will see that family closeness is natural, and fall in line. "
(Weekend Today, 16 January 2010)

X'mas party: Healthy Aging Association, Singapore
Mary and grandson, Bertand, performed at the X'mas party organised by the Healthy Aging Association of Singapore on 12 December 2009. The proceeds of sale of Mary's CD album at the X'mas party went to benefit the causes of the said non-profit organisation.

CBS news: Under the Radar
Mary was featured as the cool guitar-playing granny from Singapore in the CBS news segment "Under the Radar" hosted by Chris Wragge and Erica Hill on on 26 September 2009.

Strings Attached
"Mary often amazes her audience when she plays the guitar. Not only does she play it well, she is 73 years old and a grandmother of seven... It is clear that this family shares a bond that spans any generation gap - thanks to their passion for music, inspired by Mary's love for the electric guitar."
(Today, 20 August 2009)

Okto : I Will Survive!
Mary appeared in Okto's brand-new series "I Will Survive" on Saturday, 14 February 2009 at 8.30pm. She was interviewed by host Elizabeth Tan.

Performance at KK Hospital Alumni Dinner & Dance
Mary was invited to perform live at the KK Hospital Alumni 20th Dinner & Dance at the Sheraton Hotel in 2005.

This granny rocks 'n' rolls
" Possibly the coolest grandma in Singapore , 71 year-old Mary Ho jams with her 16-year old grandson and is preparing to release her first album. "
(The Straits Times, 31 July 2007)

ToneQuest
Mary was honoured to give a talk and perform live at at ToneQuest held at The Blue Room, The Arts House on 6th October 2007 . This was an event of guitar gear 101 and live looping presented by Randolf Arriola.

Granny pitches in for ChildAid
As for this year's inaugural grandma participant, Madam Ho says: "I was so surprised at being asked to perform because ChildAid is a charity concert by children. But I'm happy to do what I can to help the needy kids. I've lived through the war, so I know what it's like to be in that position."
(The Straits Times, 12 Oct 2007)

Still Rocking
"The lively grandmother of seven took up the guitar at the age 60 and has made such strides with the instrument in the past 11 years that she recently recorded an album of her favourite songs, including Santana hits Black Magic Woman and Europa…"
(The Business Times, 6 Dec 2007 )

Catch "Rouge" on MediaCorp TV Channel
Mary appeared on premiere episode of MediaCorp TV women's talkshow "Rouge" on 9th March 2008. She thrilled and inspired viewers with her rock and roll soul and spirited performance of Samba Pa TI composed by Carlos Santana.

Rockin' grandmas and high-tech grandpas
"Mary Ho, for instance, taught her seven grandchildren the electric guitar. They taught her how to use Skype. The 72-year-old calls herself the 'on-call grandmother', and plays counsellor, caregiver and chef to her grandchildren.... Mary learnt to play the guitar when she was 60 and has since released a Latin-rock album; she is currently recording a blues one."
(The Straits Times, 22 November 2008)