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Saved by a Song

Saved by a Song

The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting

Mary Gauthier

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From the Grammy nominated folk singer and songwriter, an inspiring exploration of creativity and the redemptive power of song

Mary Gauthier was twelve years old when she was given her Aunt Jenny’s old guitar and taught herself to play with a Mel Bay basic guitar workbook. Music offered her a window to a world where others felt the way she did. Songs became lifelines to her, and she longed to write her own, one day.

Then, for a decade, while struggling with addiction, Gauthier put her dream away and her call to songwriting faded. It wasn’t until she got sober and went to an open mic with a friend did she realize that she not only still wanted to write songs, she needed to. Today, Gauthier is a decorated musical artist, with numerous awards and recognition for her songwriting, including a Grammy nomination.

In Saved by a Song, Mary Gauthier pulls the curtain back on the artistry of songwriting. Part memoir, part philosophy of art, part nuts and bolts of songwriting, her book celebrates the redemptive power of song to inspire and bring seemingly different kinds of people together.

Praise for Saved by a Song

ONE OF BookPage's MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2021

"Gauthier has an uncanny ability to combine songwriting craft with a seeker’s vulnerability and a sage’s wisdom.” —Amy Ray, Indigo Girls

"Mary Gauthier has come through her own long dark night of the soul knowing, as she says in one of her songs, we could all use a little mercy. It seems to me we could all use a whole lot more of Mary too." —Emmylou Harris, singer, songwriter, and musician inducted into the Country music Hall of Fame

“I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard a Mary Gauthier tune. That’s the kind of songwriter she is.“ —Sarah Silverman

"Beautiful, often ragged, song and verse from a high place.” —Robert Plant

"How does she do it? How does Gauthier acknowledge heartache, tell unvarnished truths, and offer redemption, all in the span of a three- or four-minute song? This consummate singer-songwriter reveals her process in her upcoming book. Generous and big-hearted, Gauthier has stories to tell and worthwhile advice to share." — Wally Lamb, author of I Know This Much Is True

“Mary’s songwriting speaks to the tender aspects of our humanness. Her vignettes span the emotional landscape, and leave us feeling deeply seen and understood. We need her voice in times like these more than we ever have.” —Brandi Carlile, multiple Grammy award winning singer-songwriter and producer

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ONE OF BookPage's MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2021

"Gauthier has an uncanny ability to combine songwriting craft with a seeker’s vulnerability and a sage’s wisdom.” —Amy Ray, Indigo Girls

"Mary Gauthier has come through her own long dark night of the soul knowing, as she says in one of her songs, we could all use a little mercy. It seems to me we could all use a whole lot more of Mary too." —Emmylou Harris, singer, songwriter, and musician inducted into the Country music Hall of Fame

“I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard a Mary Gauthier tune. That’s the kind of songwriter she is.“ —Sarah Silverman

"Beautiful, often ragged, song and verse from a high place.” —Robert Plant

"How does she do it? How does Gauthier acknowledge heartache, tell unvarnished truths, and offer redemption, all in the span of a three- or four-minute song? This consummate singer-songwriter reveals her process in her upcoming book. Generous and big-hearted, Gauthier has stories to tell and worthwhile advice to share." — Wally Lamb, author of I Know This Much Is True

“Mary’s songwriting speaks to the tender aspects of our humanness. Her vignettes span the emotional landscape, and leave us feeling deeply seen and understood. We need her voice in times like these more than we ever have.” —Brandi Carlile, multiple Grammy award winning singer-songwriter and producer

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Mary Gauthier

The Associated Press named Mary Gauthier one of the best songwriters of her generation. Her album Rifles & Rosary Beads was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Folk Album and Record of the Year by the Americana Music Association. Her songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, including Boy George, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Bettye Lavette, Kathy Mattea, Amy Helm and Candi Staton. Saved by a Song is her first book. She lives in Nashville.

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