Mary Ozaraga Releasing Lent Song 'Love Has the Final Word'
Singer/Songwriter and Worship Leader Mary Ozaraga, from Cebu, Philippines, releases her new single 'Love Has The Final Word' on April 5th. The Lent song retells the story of Christ's passion from the songwriter's perspective.
The song was birthed out of a retelling of the passion of Jesus. As much as she wanted to point out the unimaginable, cringe-worthy imagery without sugarcoating, she also wanted to paint it in words and melody as beautifully, creating a backdrop of mellow to a bit grungy production. This brings the emotions to an ebb and flow, as it narrates the drama unfolding, ending in a brief note, symbolizing Love having the final word.
Mary began sharing her music during the lockdowns in 2020, eventually releasing 3 singles & a 3 track Christmas EP in 2021. Her playfulness and musical influences are seen in how she experiments with song styles. Her style ranges from meditative soaking songs to pop/upbeat/rap to folk/singer songwriter to alternative/symphonic rock. Her background as a drummer and percussionist is evident in her rhythmic guitar playing, in her songwriting and in her singing style. She writes and sings primarily in English.
Even with varied musical influences, she continues to search for the music of her country's history with a hope to one day raise up worship with music that is now almost completely forgotten.