Mary​-​Ann [Single]

by The Promise Is Hope



“Mary-Ann” is the first recording for The Promise is Hope’s upcoming sophomore album. Using vivid imagery without resolving to despair or cliche, the song acts as a time-capsule of the events and emotions surrounding the death of Eric’s grandmother. Produced by Chris Hoisington, Old Bear Studio, and co-produced by Mr. L’Esperance, the intimate lyrics and vocals have been nestled warmly into a lush sonic tapestry.

A 17 minute mini-documentary produced by Harmonized Sounds provides a behind-the-scenes look at the recording process of “Mary-Ann,” and can be viewed at


Lyrics -

We were tired of the phone calls, we were tired of the news
There was something so different about losing you
When the phone started ringing in the early part of dawn
We knew before we answered that you were gone

And the angels were singing, as we closed our teary eyes again
And the bells started ringing , as he welcomed home his Mary Ann
His Mary Ann

It’s been such a long year, yes it’s been such a trial
Would you mind if I just sat here for a while
I’ve heard you’re good to talk to, and there’s so much left to say
Like “why do good things have to go away” - they go away

And your daughters were singing, as you closed your weary eyes again
And the phone kept on ringing
As you said your prayers with beads still in your hands

And we sang Joy, mother you’re full of grace, look at my face
Joy, mother, fruit of your womb, lights up the room

And we sing songs, you sing along as good as you can
As we sing Joy mother, Mary Ann

And we sing songs, you sing along as good as you can
And we sing your song, and we’ll sing it strong
as long as we can - as long as we can

Yes we’ll sing, Joy, mother - Joy, mother
Joy, mother, we’ll sing joy, mother - Mary Ann


released February 17, 2017
Track Credits -

Recorded at Old Bear Studio, Batavia, NY
Produced by Chris Hoisington, Old Bear Studio
Co-produced by Eric L’Esperance
Mixed & Mastered by Paul Mitro, Paul Mitro Productions
Vocals, Guitar, Keys by Ashley L’Esperance
Vocals, Guitar by Eric L’Esperance
Keys by Anthony Hoisington
Guitar, Pedal Steel by Jeremy Thompson
Drums by Brennan Blowers
Strings by Ed Chilungu

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The Promise Is Hope Worcester, Massachusetts

Ashley and Eric L’Esperance first felt the electricity of their undeniable chemistry at an impromptu song swap. A year and a half later they were married and released their debut album “Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going.” With deep reverence for songwriting, the duo’s music explores the mysteries of love, spirituality, and the joys and struggles of life’s journey. ... more

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