Mary Wilson

Mary Wilson

Mary Wilson

WINNER: NNPA 2020 LIFETIME TRAILBLAZER AWARD | Co-Founder of the Supremes

A singer, a best-selling author, motivational speaker, businesswoman, former U.S. Cultural Ambassador, wife, mother, and grandmother, the legendary Mary Wilson continues to make great strides on her inevitable journey to greatness.

Performing with the same passion as she did singing with the original Supremes as well as with her solo career, the world renowned performer is an advocate for social and economic challenges in the United States and abroad. Ms. Wilson uses her fame and flair to promote a diversity of humanitarian efforts including ending hunger, raising HIV/AIDS awareness and encouraging world peace.

With no sign of slowing down Ms. Wilson is getting ready to release her fourth book “Supreme Glamour” on September 17, 2019. This highly anticipated coffee-table book will showcase the gowns The Supremes were known for over the decades and delve into more history of the most successful female recording group of all time. Supreme Glamour is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

2019 Mary was honored at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills celebrating her work in music and her influence on young African Americans and entertainment.  Her conversation with Janice Littlejohn left the audience laughing with her unmatched humor and standing with applause displaying her graceful composure throughout the night. Showing the same love she has shown to all her fans, Mary during the reception, gladly met and personally thanked every attendee that night for their support throughout her career. In 2021 she will also be celebrating the 60th anniversary of The Supremes.

2018 marked an important step forward for Mary’s fight to have the Music Modernization Act (MMA) pass. Her vision came to fruition when the United States legislation signed the act into law on October 11, 2018. The act aims to modernize copyright-related issues for new music and audio recordings due to new forms of technology like digital streaming which did not protect music recorded before February 15, 1972. Her advocacy for this act lies with herself and other legacy artists gaining fair compensation when their songs are played on digital radio stations.

2015 was an exciting time for Mary, as her song “Time to Move On” climbed to #23 on the billboard dance charts, which marks her first time on the charts with a solo recording, since The Supremes.

2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the release of The Supremes’ first number-one hit single, “Where Did Our Love Go,” the first of five such consecutive hit singles.  “Where Did Our Love Go” was released June 17th, 1964, and hit number one a couple of months later in August.  The Supremes – like the Beatles, who recently celebrated their 50th anniversary – changed the face of pop music and became trendsetters who broke down social, racial, and gender barriers, which all started with the wild success of their first number one song.

Motown. The Sound That Changed America.

Ms. Wilson’s “Dare to Dream” lecture, which she gives to young people, emphasizes the need for personal perseverance to achieve their goals, despite obstacles and adversities in their lives. The topic is the foundation of her best-selling autobiography “Dreamgirl – My Life as a Supreme.” Ms. Wilson later authored its sequel, “Supreme Faith – Someday We’ll Be Together.” In 2000, these two books, along with updated chapters, were combined to complete her third book. She is currently working on a fourth book, which will be a coffee table hardcover featuring the gowns, history and legacy of the Supremes.

Literary Achievements 

Ms. Wilson’s “Dare to Dream” lecture, which she gives to young people, emphasizes the need for personal perseverance to achieve their goals, despite obstacles and adversities in their lives. The topic is the foundation of her best-selling autobiography “Dreamgirl – My Life as a Supreme.” Ms. Wilson later authored its sequel, “Supreme Faith – Someday We’ll Be Together.” In 2000, these two books, along with updated chapters, were combined to complete her third book. She is currently working on a fourth book, which will be a coffee table hardcover featuring the gowns, history and legacy of the Supremes.​

Ms. Wilson, the Goodwill Ambassador.

Ms. Wilson has toured the globe not only as a performer, but as advocate on behalf of social and civic issues. As a Supreme, she performed for Britain’s Queen Mother and the future King of Sweden and other international audiences. However, Ms. Wilson’s global stature grew after former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell named her one of nine cultural ambassadors in 2003.

As an official “goodwill” ambassador, Ms. Wilson visited poverty-stricken areas in Bangladesh, where she witnessed children as young as five years old having to break bricks to earn money for their families. In Pakistan, she spoke at Fatima Jinnah Woman University about pursuing their goals and “Daring to Dream.” In Mozambique and Botswana, Ms. Wilson addressed young people about the dangers of HIV and AIDS and her quest for world peace.

In November 2004, she was one of the featured performers to headline the United Nations’ “World AIDS Day” concert at St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York City. She later returned to the United Nations Building to lecture about the poverty, hunger and destruction she witnessed during her trips.

Dreams Do Come True.

Since a young age, Ms. Wilson’s many accomplishments are vast.  Her many feats as a Supreme include her endorsement of Vice President Hubert Humphrey and the opportunity to sing at Command Performances for the Royal family in England and Sweden.  Appearing as “Mary Wilson of the Original Supremes,” she is sought after to entertain all over the world; to include a performance for President Bill Clinton in the East Room of the White House at the Millennium Celebration.  Even now as a mother and a grandmother, Ms. Wilson is fulfilling her personal desires to be involved in worthy causes around the world that improve the lives of individuals, families and all humanity.  Ms. Wilson’s experience as a Supreme and cultural ambassador has greatly broadened her horizons and afforded her the pleasurable opportunity to present her talents, compassion and strength to the world.