Say this name and eyes will light up, talk will turn to some of the famous songs
she's written, or some of the country or gospel stars who have been inspired by
her, learned from her.
Here is Marijohn's biography—the chronicle of a life that came early to Jesus,
then strayed from him and nearly ended in tragedy.
Daughter of devout Texas Baptists, Marijohn was only five years old when she accepted Jesus.
But a lot of life lay out ahead, and it has been filled with challenges:
- the death of her first husband in World War II
- a broken second marriage
- hard times trying to care for her mother and her only child
- the magnetic pull of the upside-down world of "the Nashville
Scene"—its drugs and alcohol.
How Marijohn has responded to life's demands makes fascinating and inspiring
reading. You'll learn much from what she reveals of her feelings about her own failures and
successes—the heartbreaks, hard work, and lean times: the God-given talent that has produced
so many hits from 1959's "Waterloo" right on to such recent
masterpieces as "The Scars In the Hands of Jesus" and "I
Comments and reminiscences from friends, teachers, performers, songwriters—many of country
and gospel music's most famous figures—add even more insights to Marijohn's
Here is a gripping account of a determined woman's search for a focus in life.
Darryl E. Hicks is an artist, songwriter, teacher, singer,
and preacher, as well as writer. He has written several biographies and performs with
his band, "The Darryl Hicks Trio". He and his wife Karen live in Eagle Springs,