Her first nine albums presented extraordinary confessional songs, deeply personal, profoundly emotional pieces ranging from “I Drink,” a blunt accounting of addiction, to “March 11, 1962,” the day she was born — and relinquished to an orphanage — to “Worthy,” in which the singer finally understands she is deserving of love.

Rifles and Rosary Beads is Mary Gauthier’s new studio album, co-written with wounded combat veterans over the last four years via SongwritingWith:Soldiers. Mary explores trauma in this album as an epidemic and showcases the healing power that music has to ease the suffering. “We’ve found something powerful here, that brings hope to people who are hurting. So they know they are not alone.”


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