Mary, Did You Know?

"Mary, Did You Know?" is a Christmas song with lyrics written by Mark Lowry and music written by Buddy Greene. It was originally recorded by Christian recording artist Michael English on his self-titled debut solo album in 1991 (English and Lowry were both members of the Gaither Vocal Band at the time). It reached No. 6 on CCM Magazine's AC Chart.[1] Lowry would record the song several times himself, most notably with the Gaither Vocal Band on their 1998 Christmas album Still the Greatest Story Ever Told.

The song has since gone on to become a modern Christmas classic, being recorded by many artists over the years across multiple genres.

Kenny Rogers & Wynonna Judd version

"Mary, Did You Know?"
Single by Kenny Rogers & Wynonna Judd
from the album The Gift
Released December 1996
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:53
Label Magnatone
Writer(s) Mark Lowry, Buddy Greene
Producer(s) Brent Maher, Jim McKell
Kenny Rogers singles chronology
"I'll Be There for You"
"Mary, Did You Know?"
"The Greatest"

A duet version recorded by Wynonna Judd and Kenny Rogers on Rogers' holiday album The Gift peaked at No. 55 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1997.[2]

Chart positions

Chart (1997) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 55

Clay Aiken version

"Mary, Did You Know?"
Single by Clay Aiken
from the album Merry Christmas with Love
Released 2005
Format Digital download
Recorded 2004
Genre Contemporary Christian music
Length 3:21
Label RCA
Writer(s) Lee Rufus Greenebill, Mark Alan Lowry
Producer(s) Walter Afanasieff
Clay Aiken singles chronology
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
"Mary, Did You Know?"
"Without You"

"Mary, Did You Know?" is Clay Aiken's fifth single for his Christmas album Merry Christmas with Love. Aiken performed the song on The Tyra Banks Show.[4]

Chart positions

Chart (2005) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 35
U.S. Billboard Hot Christian Songs 32

Cee Lo Green version

"Mary, Did You Know?"
Song by Cee Lo Green from the album Cee Lo's Magic Moment
Released 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012
Genre R&B
Length 3:54
Label RCA
Producer(s) Adam Anders, Peer Åström

"Mary, Did You Know?" is the eleventh track on Cee Lo's Christmas album Cee Lo's Magic Moment. On December 15, 2012 the song appeared on the US R&B Songs chart at number 22. It also served as the closing credits song to the 2014 20th Century Fox movie Son of God.

Chart positions

Chart (2012) Peak
U.S. Billboard R&B Songs[5] 11
U.S. Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[5] 44

Pentatonix version

"Mary, Did You Know?"
Song by Pentatonix from the album That's Christmas to Me
Released October 17, 2014
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012
Genre Ambient, a cappella
Length 3:23
Label RCA

"Mary, Did You Know?" is the sixth track on Pentatonix's second Christmas album, That's Christmas to Me.[6] The song both debuted and peaked at No. 26 on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week ending December 6, 2014.

Chart positions

Chart (2014) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 26

Other notable versions


The song was also used as the basis for a stage musical, also titled Mary, Did You Know and written by Bruce Greer, that won the 1999 Dove Award for Musical of the Year.[9]


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