Grandma Mary never fails to motivate and fuel seniors to age actively, gracefully as well as keep happily busy. Brought about by the Ministerial Committee on Ageing, Grandma Mary's story was featured to inspire all to age successfully in Singapore. Read about her passion, hobbies and jamming sessions with her musician buddies and be inspired always! Heartfelt Thank You Grandma Mary for always bringing on the music magic!

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(11 October 2017 The Ministerial Committee of Ageing (MCA))

"Rock your own melody, even if it takes a life-time. Cheers to you, being you. Be"

Grandma Mary was featured as part of M1's brand refresh which saw the launch of the "Be" campaign, an ode to unique Singaporeans who dared to embrace their individuality, following their own paths and passions. The campaign kickstarted with a minute-long video titled "Here's to you, being you " featuring our very own "rocker grandma", amongst others. Bravo Grandma Mary! We are so very proud of you!

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(24 February 2021 M1)

Music & Me is a series hosted by Brian Richmond

Come listen to hard-rocking Grandma Mary Ho as she shared mesmerising stories about her childhood, family, going through WWII, meeting Prince Philip, picking up her guitar skills at 60, as well as some of her all-time favourite tunes with host, Brian Richmond. Keep on inspiring Grandma Mary and we very much treasure all your precious memories!

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(30 June 2021 Vintage Radio SG)

Grandma Mary was featured playing the guitar in a pre-recorded segment in celebration of the International Day of Older Persons. This virtual event was open to all seniors in Singapore. It was indeed heart-warming and a great joy to listen to and watch Grandma Mary step forward to celebrate seniors in Singapore with her young-at heart approach to life. Totally inspirational, Grandma Mary!

(1 October 2021 School of Humanities & Social Sciences | Temasek Polytechnic)

" This octogenarian guitar-wielding grandma is Singapore's role model for youthful ageing. 85-year-old Mary Ho, popularly known as Grandma Mary, is Singapore's poster child for active ageing amongst the elder community. Often seen rocking an electric guitar, she is living proof that it's never too late to follow your passion. Since then she has recorded her own album and her band is frequently invited to perform on stage in Singapore and around the world. A video of her playing the rock classic 'I Need Your Love So Bad' garnered over 1.3 million views on YouTube".

It is always amazing to watch and listen to Grandma Mary play the guitar and share her inspirational stories about her life and her endless journey of music. You're a trailblazer Grandma Mary. Keep on rocking!

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(21 November 2021 China Daily)

Not even a pandemic with social distancing can stop Grandma Mary's passion for music and sharing her musical journey with the world.

"Grandma Mary is no ordinary grandma. She rocks with an electric guitar in her hand! Mary Ho picked up the guitar at age sixty and never looked back...".

Watch Felicia of senTV.org interview Singapore's very own infatigable Grandma Mary via Zoom to be inspired as she speaks about her passion, her journey of performing, learning, music, family, friends and her interaction with the rest of the world.

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SenTV.org is an online journalism service funded by the Ontario Seniors Community Grant. Its initiative is to produce meaningful content that delivers infotainment to keep seniors healthy, safe and active. Keep rocking, keep shining, Grandma Mary! You are truly a role model for learning and active ageing, and a huge inspiration to the world!

(9 October 2020, Seniors Entertainment Network, Ontario)

Grandma Mary's amazing youthful energy shone again at the 10th anniversary charity dinner in aid of Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (FAST).

At the fund-raising gala, Grandma Mary strummed and played fearlessly on her electric guitar as well as sang her heart out to the delight of all guests attending, with Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Manpower, Low Yen Ling, present as the guest of honour.

It was a highly successful gala with funds raised going towards the meaningful cause of enhancing training and recreational support to domestic workers at the FAST's upcoming new multi-service hub, amongst others.

It was both a heartwarming and lovely evening that was filled with love. Bravo, Grandma Mary. May you continue to trailblaze and spread inspiration and joy through music!

(24 November 2019, Orchid Ballroom, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore)

ACI Singapore celebrated its 26th Anniversary with the "LEGACY" theme at the Charity Golf and Gala Dinner held over two days on the 4 July 2019 and 12 July 2019 respectively. The fund-raising event is significant for what has now become the flagship Charity fund-raising event for the financial markets in Singapore.

Grandma Mary was invited to perform in a segment of performances by talented local theatre artistes put together by Wild Rice at the Charity Gala Dinner segment to showcase her electric guitar talents at the Grand Ballroom, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, on 12 July 2019. Grandma Mary endeared herself to about 550 guests who attended the gala dinner as she zestfully strummed and sang her way to their hearts of all present. The Guest of Honour for the gala dinner event was Singapore's Senior Minister and Co-ordinating Minister for Social Policies, and Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

The Charity Golf & Gala Dinner event raised $960,000 in gross donations and the funds raised will be disbursed to several Charities in support of the arts, under-resourced youths and greater healthcare accessibility, namely the All Saints Home, Club Rainbow, Epworth Community Services, Halogen Foundation Singapore, New Life Community Services, Reach Community Services Society, Singapore Anglican Community Services, Taman Jurong CCC Community Development and Welfare Fund, Tampines Central Community Development Welfare Committee, Temasek Polytechnic and W!LD RICE.

What a highly energising evening filled with immense inspiration. Keep it going Grandma Mary with your great musical skills and inspiration!

(12 July 2019, Grand Ballroom, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel)

"This week, join our residents of "Happy Street" in discovering the importance of lifelong learning and ageing active. Also, do you remember Grandma Mary who brought down the house with her electric guitar performance at NDP 2017? Follow Hong Kong actress Mimi Chu as she shares with us how to rock it like Grandma Mary"

Catch Grandma Mary's interview to uncover her secrets of active ageing. Rock on Grandma Mary and carry on shining!
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(17 May 2019, Happy-Go-Lucky Episode 4 govsingapore https://sg.sg/happygolucky)

Grandma Mary was invited to perform at the Order of Malta fund-raising dinner at the Island Ballroom, Shangri-La Hotel. The Order of Malta reaches out to various organisations in Singapore serving the least, the lost, and the last, including Caritas, Mount Alvernia Hospital, Singapore National Paralympic Council, amongst many other charities. Grandma Mary gave a rousing performance that gave new meaning to the words "hope" and "perseverance". It was a memorable night that helped raised funds for the least served. Well done, Grandma Mary, for your very kind gesture through your musical gifts. Bravo!

(5 May 2019, Island Ballroom, Shangri-La Hotel)

The Northland Secondary School invited Grandma Mary and her band to it's Speech and Prize-Giving Day. The bubbly Grandma performed on the guitar as well as sang to appreciative staff and students who cheered and applauded loudly. It was truly an uplifting and heartwarming performance that Grandma Mary rendered which lit up and inspired all who were present, including the school's principal, Ms Jennifer Tan. The staff and students showed their love for Grandma Mary by presenting her with beautifully hand-crafted gifts. Thank you Grandma Mary for the everlasting impression and inspiration at Northland Secondary School. May you be forever young in spirit and at heart!

(26 April 2019, Northland Secondary School)

Grandma Mary made yet another inspirational appearance at the inaugural "Silver Parade" launched by the Central Singapore Community Development Council. The event was an initiative for Singaporeans of all ages to reimagine ageing and age gracefully together as a nation. Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health, Dr Lam Pin Min and Mayor of Central Singapore CDC, Ms Denise Phua, joined about 2,500 participants as Grandma Mary, entertained the crowd with other inspiring figures. They spread the message that it is never too old to do anything that one loves. Grandma Mary also became the cover girl for the month's magazine "Voices" published by Central Singapore CDC. What an amazing reinvention of the silver age in Singapore. Bravo, Grandma Mary!

(16 March 2019 ITE College Central @ Ang Mo Kio)

At the Giving Week in Singapore spearheaded by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy (NVPC) that catalyses development in volunteerism and philanthropy to build a City of Good, Grandma Mary gave a rousing performance to the crowds at the festival hub. Her wonderful performance gave so much inspiration, enlivening the spirit of giving and sharing on our island of sunny Singapore. What a treat - thank you Grandma Mary!

(2 March 2019, Chui Huay Lim Club)

"He asked me to learn nursery rhymes first, but I said, 'No, it has to be Carlos Santana'. He thought that I was too ambitious, but I insisted that he give me a chance. Eventually, he relented," recalled Grandma Mary with a laugh." Read all about Grandma Mary's musical adventures in the "I feel young SG" series initiated by the Ministerial Committee on Ageing of the Ministry of Health - https://www.moh.gov.sg/ifeelyoungsg/our-stories/how-can-i-age-actively/learn/rock-it-like-grandma-mary

(January 2019, Ministry of Health)

Grandma Mary made a special guest appearance at a community concert, presented by the Moulmein-Cairnhill Community Arts and Culture Club, that showcased icons from the 1950s till present. The concert was a tribute to people and things that make us who we are today. Grandma Mary thrilled the enthusiastic audience with her inspirational electric guitar and vocals as she performed live on stage together with other talented musicians. It was a delight and Grandma Mary put a smile on everyone's face including Guest of Honour, Mr Melvin Yong, MP for Tanjong Pagar. Keep inspiring Grandma Mary. Happy trailblazing!

(19 January 2019 Gateway Theatre, Jalan Bukit Merah)

The entire AsiaWorld-Expo Arena in Hong Kong resounded with joy when Grandma Mary rocked the stage in the presence of several thousand people who gathered at a concert to raise funds for the Viva China Children's Cancer Foundation.The funds raised went towards life-saving leading-edge research, medical care and education. It was certainly a great concert for a wonderful cause. Simply amazing, Grandma Mary! Shine on with your good, musical spirit!

(15 January 2019, AsiaWorld-Expo, Arena, Hong Kong)

Grandma Mary, together with Olympic champion, Joseph Schooling, entertained 600 guests including diplomats, medical professionals and captains of industry in celebration of the collaborations and achievements in paediatric oncology,at the Viva Foundation For Children With Cancer celebratory dinner. Grandma enthralled the audience with her vocals and guitar skills, demonstrating her characteristic indefatigable spirit. Also present at the dinner were Guest of Honour, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan. Minister for Foreign Affairs, VIVA China Board Director, Mr K K Chua and VIVA Singapore Board Director, Mr Christopher Wilson. It was indeed a splendid night of wonderful music celebrating an extraordinary cause.

(December 2018 , NVPC Festival Hub)

This Christmas, Grandma Mary brought joy and inspiration to senior citizens with her beautiful guitar playing and vocals at the newly renovated Rain Mas Community Club. The event was organised by SilverAce, an initiative of the Ministry of Social and Family Development to reach out and build strong friendships with the elderly.. The theme of the party was the Story of Christmas with narration and carols to share with elderly on the true story of Christmas. Grandma Mary also shared a short testimony on how God has blessed her with a wonderful life. Grandma played and sang with heartfelt emotions that gave hope and inspiration to all. Bravo, Grandma Mary for sharing your talents and being a blessing to the elderly around you. God Bless abundantly always!

(8 December 2018 , Radin Mas Community Club)

The year-end holiday season brightened with the appearance of Grandma Mary who strummed, rocked and sang with her band. Families and children packed the OCBC Square. Thrill and excitement filled the festive air not only with the inspiring music but also buzzed with carnival games, rides and an inflatable playground. Keep shining, Grandma Mary. You are the sunshine of our!

(1 December 2018 , OCBC Square)

At the award ceremony for an inter-school short film competition centred on portraying the relationship between grandparent and grandchild and highlighting eldercare issues, Grandma Mary gave a meaningful performance as special guest at the Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital multi purpose hall . The event was well attended by daycare patients, participating teams, judging panel as well as the staff and volunteers of the organisers, HCA Hospice Care, which is Singapore's largest home hospice care provider and registered charity since 1989. The organisation provides comfort and support to patients from all walks of life with life-limiting illnesses. It was a meaningful cause indeed and we are so proud of you, Grandma Mary for your musical contributions!

(24 November 2018, Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital Mulit-Purpose Hall)

Grandma Mary's journey of great inspiration continued at the opening ceremony of the Educational Research Association of Singapore (ERAS) Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA) International Conference 2018 organised by the National Institute of Education (NIE) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The theme was 'Joy of Learning in a Complex World' as well as other educational issues of concern in the 21st century. The conference brought together speakers and practitioners who addressed areas such as understanding of the 21st century learners, leading changes, curriculum development and practices, new pedagogies, enhancing learning through assessment, multi-disciplinary learning and innovation, new directions in educational research and teacher education. Grandma Mary showcased and shared her lifelong passion and joy in learning through her entertaining instrumental and vocal renditions during the opening ceremony that left many prestigious speakers and participants present amazed by her true grit. You're just super, Grandma Mary! Keep trailblazing!

(12 November 2018, National Institute of Education Lecture Theatre)

The unstoppable Granda Mary, together with her bandmates, inspired more than 1,000 seniors with her talent and music at the launch of Central Singapore CDC's Silver Stars programme on 14th September 2018. Grandma Mary's positive spirit and drive towards life and learning have been huge inspiration to both young and old Singaporeans.

Through Silver Stars, seniors aremotivated to lead an even better life, by learning and serving meaningfully regardless of age. Grandma Mary shone at the meaningful concert which was attended by distinguished guests such as Ms Denise Phua Lay Peng, Mayor of Central Singapore District. We are never too old to dream or motivate others and Grandma Mary illustrates this with her bright enthusiasm and youthful energy.

Our heartfelt thank you to Grandma Mary for being such a bright beacon of hope to us all.

(14 September 2018, Central Singapore Community Development Council - CDC)

The energetic Grandma Mary once again took centre stage, this time at a boat party at the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club as part of Singapore's National Day and birthday celebrations. Present were children with cancer from the National University Hospital, friends and doctors who were entertained by Grandma Mary's very lively guitar playing and vocals. It was indeed a very happy and meaningful treat for everyone who thoroughly enjoyed every moment.

Thank you Grandma Mary for spreading the joy of music! Bravo!

(5 August 2018, The Republic of Singapore Yacht Club)

Grandma Mary dazzled the crowd once again with her inspiring guitar playing and vocals at the Honour International Symposium 2018 organised by Honour (Singapore) a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the culture of honour and honouring in Singapore. Guest of Honour, Madam Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore delivered the opening speech and Grandma Mary's performance had guests tapping their feet and clapping to the cheerful music. What an amazing and inspirational evening! Well done, Grandma Mary!

(19 July 2018, The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Clifford Pier)

It was a very lovely and inspiring night as Grandma Mary shared her guitar music and vocals at a golf charity dinner for FaithActs, a non-profit community service agency serving the needs of children, youths, families and seniors in Singapore since 2004. Guest of Honour, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs, delivered the welcome speech and everyone enjoyed Grandma Mary's performance very much as evidenced by the merry-making and encouraging cheers. Keep up the wonderful music-making and brilliant inspiration, Grandma Mary! Encore!

(29 June 2017, Sentosa Golf Club)

In April, the amazing grandma Mary trail-blazed to the Sanshui District in Guangdong province to begin recording on the 10th season of the Chinese Dream Show. The place is also the hometown of her late grandfather, Mr Ho Sum Tin, a renowned physician and philanthropist. He was awarded two medals by Sun Yat-sen for his contributions to the Tongmenghui (Chinese United League) in its efforts to establish China as a Republic. The late Mr Ho was a founding member of the Sam Sui Wui Kun , the clan association of people from Sanshui in Singapore He died during the Japanese Occupation in Singapore in 1942. Inspired by the illustrious spirit of her late grandfather, grandma Mary took on Zhejiang TV's challenge for her to read, write and sing in mandarin in just 180 days.

After intensive mandarin lessons, hard work and much perseverance, Grandma Mary flew the Singapore flag very high in China by demonstrating to the world that it is never too late to learn anything and to do it well. She conversed fluently, wrote out Chinese characters and sang a beautiful Chinese ballad "The Moon Represents My Heart", all in Mandarin. China's popular entertainer and musician, Da Zhang Wei, then joined Grandma Mary on stage in song and dance, incorporating modern beats and rhythm. The audience reciprocated with a rousing applause and loud cheers of encouragement and amazement at the dazzling performance.

In the words of Grandma Mary "I am proud of my Grandfather for what he has done and it has spurred me on... You can learn almost anything at any age. It's just in your mind."

Indeed, Grandma Mary's life-long dream became a reality on this trip to China and inspired the world. So very proud of you Grandma Mary! Keep shining! To watch the show, click here.

(13 May 2018, Chinese Dream Show, 中国梦想秀, Zhejiang TV Official Channel,中国浙江卫视官方频道)

The tireless Grandma Mary made a special guest appearance by performing on the electric guitar at the Community Chest 35th Anniversary Charity TV Show to help raise funds to support about 80 social service organisations under the care of the Community Chest. The show was held at the MES Theatre at Mediacorp, and broadcast live on Channel 8.

The guest of honour was President Halimah Yacob and a whopping record sum of over $9.6 million was raised for worthy causes at this show.

Thank you Grandma Mary for inspiring all to contribute and collectively create a caring and inclusive society in Singapore. You will always inspire and encourage everyone around you to do good. Bravo, Grandma Mary!

(20 May 2018, Community Chest 35th Anniversary Charity TV Show, MES Theatre Mediacorp, Channel 8)

After Grandma Mary's stunning appearance at last year's National Day Parade where she wowed tens of thousands with her inspiring electric guitar solo, the Zhejiang Television in China has invited Grandma Mary to star in the "Chinese Dream Show", a popular reality talent show.

To prepare for the show, Grandma Mary, who could not read or write Mandarin, took up intensive Mandarin lessons from a Chinese tutor she engaged, and also from another Chinese tutor arranged by the Zhejiang Television team. Grandma Mary devised her own method of recognising and reading out Chinese characters based on tones, using arrows to mark the high and low tones.

After six months of intensive training, Grandma Mary is finally ready to make her guest appearance on China TV!

In Grandma Mary's own words "I have always wanted to learn Mandarin, but I was always too busy to act on it. This invitation from the show has given me a renewed determination to learn Mandarin well... If you really love something, you will learn it. Just learn what you love, and love what you do."

Thank you Grandma Mary for giving so much inspiration to the world! We are indeed to very proud of you and send you much love and best wishes for yet another awe-inspiring performance in China! Bravo!

Read all about it here.

(4 March 2018 Straits Times, 5 March 2018 The New Paper)

Grandma Mary made a special appearance at the Purple Parade's 5th Birthday Party where she sang and played on the electric guitar with other participants in support of inclusion and celebrating abilities of persons with special needs at the Suntec Plaza, Suntec City. Thank you so much Grandma Mary for inspiring us with your amazing energy and kindness for a very meaningful cause.

(28 October 2017 - Purple Parade Suntec Plaza, Suntec City)

The guitar adventures of Grandma Mary continue to shine and inspire. Check out how the coolest guitar Grandma in the world keeps rocking! "This ain't a sambal party. It's 81-year-old Grandma Mary and band performing a flamin' hot rendition of Samba Pa Ti by Carlos Santana. It was also the first song she had learnt to play on the electric guitar when she was 60 with no musical background!" Check this out here.

(29 August 2017 - Successful Ageing Singapore)

"Age is no barrier, especially for this grandmother of seven who chased her dream of playing the guitar only at the age of 60! She joins us in studio for a chat". Click here to watch. Read more at Channel News Asia

(10 August 2017 - First Look Asia Channelnewsasia)

Grandma Mary captured the hearts of the nation and also countries around the world that watched the National Day Parade at Singapore's 52nd Birthday Celebration on 9th August 2017. She shredded all stereotypes by being the oldest National Day participant and rocking on a platform raised 3.5 meters high and playing the electric guitar. Grandma Mary played an excerpt from the theme song, "Because It's Singapore!" and received the loudest applause from the crowd. We are so very proud of you, Grandma Mary!

(9 August 2017 National Day Parade Marina Bay Floating Platform)

Singapore's Mary Ho is living proof that it's never too late to follow your passion. Click here to read

(SEASIA - 9 August 2017)

"Mary Ho is a grandmother of seven. She started playing guitar at 60. She went from acoustic to electric guitar. Mary even performed at Singapore's National Day Parade" Click here to read

(China Daily - 9 August 2017)

"Mary Ho's late-flourishing career will reach its zenith Wednesday when she performs in front of a huge crowd at Singapore's National Day Parade, marking 52 years of the city-state's independence. Click here to read

(The Star Online - 9 August 2017)

"An 81-year-old guitar-slinging Singaporean granny has shredded stereotypes to pursue her love of rock music, becoming a sought-after performer and unlikely internet sensation. Click here to watch


When it comes to the amazing Grandma Mary, you're never too old to rock 'n' roll. Click here to watch

(BBC News 4 August 2017)

ZDF a public-service German television channel showcased Grandma Mary to give inspiration that it is never too late to learn or do anything that you love. Rock on, Grandma. Bravo, yet again, Grandma Mary! Click here to watch

(ZDF Heuteplus - Let's Rock Grandma! 22 July 2017)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

(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)

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)