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DEC
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NEW CD "OVERFLOW" AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER AND DUE FOR RELEASE FEBRUARY 26TH

In May 2016, Mary headed to Griffin, Georgia, to record her 7th studio album with the gifted Jason Hoard. Jason has produced projects for Mac Powell (Third Day), Shane and Shane, The Museum and many others; not to mention his stellar musicianship skills. Jamie O'Neal co-produced vocals and joined Mac Powell to sing on the record's final song "Heavenly Shores." The CD will be released February 26, 2017, through CD Baby, all digital outlets, and is now available for pre-order. A CD release concert will being held on 2/26 at Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, CA. For details visit the event page.   

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OCT
27
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"FEARFULLY, WONDERFULLY MADE" WINS TOP VIDEO HONOR AT THE 2016 ICM AWARDS

Mary and Video Director Flick Wiltshire were honored with the 2016 Video of the Year Award at the October 27th Inspirational Country Music Awards. The show was held at the beautiful TBN Studios in Hendersonville, TN. Upon acceptance Mary recognized her birth Mother for choosing life and recognized the need for the continued defense of pre-born children who have no voice. She also recognized Rick and Nancy Hoiberg for their faithful support and dedication to the cause of life.  Rick lost his battle with cancer in December 2016, but gained heaven. He left a legacy through the many people he loved and causes he fought to defend. CLICK HERE to watch the video.   

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SEPT
1
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"FEARFULLY, WONDEFULLY MADE" REACHES #1 SPOT ON THE PS NASHVILLE TOP 100 CHART

Thank you to all the listeners and DJ's for making "Fearfully, Wonderfully Made" the No. 1 single on the PS Nashville Top 100. Thank you for being a part of God's vision to share this beautiful pro-love, pro-life message!

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AUG
15
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MARY RECOGNIZED BY SGN'S CHRISTIAN COUNTRY EXPO AS ITS 2016 FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Mary attended the Christian Country Expo Conference and Award Show the week of August 15th and was honored to receive the Female Vocalist of the Year Award. The Christian Country Music is a fan based voting system and all winners are chosen by the voting community.  

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JUL
1
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"FEARFULLY, WONDERFULLY MADE" CLIMBS TO #1 SPOT ON THE CHRISTIAN MUSIC WEEKLY CHART

Mary's latest pro-life single continues to see a strong response at radio with it charting in the No. 1 spot for three out of four weeks the month of July 2016. This is a much welcomed surprise for a song that gently speaks to the heart of a Mother who is facing an unplanned pregnancy. Thank you listeners and radio for making it your #1!  

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DEC
11
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"LONESTAR, JAMIE O'NEAL, ANDY GRIGGS, STEVE VAUS, MARY JAMES, NOAH GUTHRY AND ANNA VAUS TO PERFORM AT THE 25TH ANNUAL CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT

For the 5th consecutive year, Mary joins the powerful line-up of Artists featured at San Diego's beloved Carols by Candlelight. Carols by Candlelight exists to support the work of Rady Children's Hospital while bringing the true spirit of Christmas to the San Diego community.

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OCT
22
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MARY RECEIVES THREE TOP 5 ICM NOMINATIONS AND PERFORMS AT 2015 AWARD SHOW

The Inspirational Country Music Association graciously nominated Mary in three of its 2015 Top 5 categories: Music Evangelist, Female Vocalist, and Song of the Year for "No Wound Too Deep." She also joined fellow ICM Artist, Mike Rimmey, in a performance of "People Get Ready" celebrating the song's 50th Anniversary.  

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AUG
01
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POWER SOURCE MAGAZINE DISCUSSES MARY'S EXPANIDNG MINISTRY IN ITS JULY 2015 EDITION

In her latest Power Source cover feature, Mary discusses ministry growth, the challenges she has faced and her love for seeing lives changed by Jesus. To read the full article, CLICK HERE.  

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MAY
05
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"NO WOUND TOO DEEP" CLIMBS TO #2 SPOT ON THE ICM TOP 100 CHART

Written by Gary Livesay and Mary James and Produced by Jamie O'Neal, "No Wound Too Deep" reassures listeners that no amount of hurt is beyond the reach of heaven. After spending several months on various charts Nationally, it climbed to the #2 spot on the ICM Top 100 for the month of May. To watch the video, CLICK HERE.   

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JAN
24
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NORTHERN CAL WOMEN'S EVENT FEATURES SHANNON ETHRIDGE & MARY JAMES

First Covenant Church of Sacramento's featured Speaker and Best Selling Author (Every Woman's Battle) Shannon Ethridge and Christian Artist, Mary James at its 2015 Women's Retreat. Led by Glenda Harr and Jennie Nagy, the weekend was a huge success and left each woman focused on living as "Completely His."   

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JAN
24
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MARY MAKES FOND RETURN TO SHADOW MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY CHURCH

Through the month of January Mary has been called to share through music at three of the four Shadow Mountain Campuses. Outside of the central El Cajon campus, Shadow Mountain now has three video venues with the Encintas campus being its latest edition. "I am honored to be a part of this growing Christ-centered community," Mary shares,  "with teaching that is rich in God's Word and people who are both loving and committed to the cause of Christ."  

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DEC
12
14

 



CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT CELEBRATES 25TH YEAR

On December 12th and 13th, Carols by Candlelight brought yet another memorable Christmas concert to the San Diego community.  The evening featured America, Juice Newton, Mary James, Berkley Hart Selis Twang, Anna Vaus and Steve Vaus who is the event's founder and coordinator. Carols has raised over a million dollars in support of Rady Childrens Hospital and also recognizes military attendees each year with VIP access to the show. (The picture above features "Riley" Carol's 2014 Ambassador from Children's Hospital.)  

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DEC
1
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MARY JAMES MINISTRIES, INC IS GRANTED NON-PROFIT, 501(c)3 STATUS

Fall 2014 brought great news and growing possibilities as Mary James Ministries, Inc. was granted non-profit 501(c)3 status with the IRS and State of California. This milestone presents a wondeful opportunity for people to be a part of the ministries focus to share Christ through music and message. To learn more about the non-profit how you can be a part of the MJM team, CLICK HERE for details.  

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NOV
13
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INSPIRATIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS HONORS MARY WITH THIRD FEMALE VOCALIST AWARD

On the heels of a great Inspirational Country Music Awards week, where Mary spoke at a morning worship service and led one of the week's panel sessions, Mary took the award show stage with five-time Male Vocalist of the Year, Tommy Brandt (shown above), to share their rendition of "Amazing Grace My Chains Are Gone." The Female Vocalist nominees were then presented by Point of Grace and Victoria Jackson (SNL) with Mary named as the recipient. To watch Mary and Tommy sing together on the show, CLICK HERE.  

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NOV
1
14

 



MARY LAUNCHES NEW "BELOVED" LINE OF JEWELRY

After several attempts at offering a message-centered line of jewelry at her events and online, Mary partnered with jewelry designer Mary Miller in creating a unique line of pieces now known as "Beloved." The wearer of each piece is prayed for and the designs are inspired by either a scripture or song of Mary's. To see the full line, visit the Jewelry page of Mary's store.  

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OCT
1
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REFRESHED MAGAZINE FEATURES MARY IN ITS OCTOBER EDITION

In their October 2014 edition, San Diego based "Refreshed Magazine," previously known as the Christian Examiner, shared fresh insights into Mary's ministry and inspiring faith journey. Written by Lori Arnold, the article reaches deeply into Mary's heart, struggles and shares more insights on her understanding of being an adopted child. To read the full article CLICK HERE.  

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JUL
22
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PICNIC UNDER THE STARS

On July 22nd, Mary and the Band will be partnering with Whittier Area Community Church for their annual Women's Event, "Picnic Under the Stars." The event is held to encourage and uplift the women of the community and has become a favorite event each year.  

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JUL
15
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"NOTHING CAN" Feat. BLUEGRASS DUO, THE ROYS, CLIMBS TO #2 SPOT ON ICM CHARTS

Written by Mary James and Gary Livesay, the song was born while they were on tour in the mid-west. Written out of Romans 8, it is a clear reminder of where a believers confidence and joy rests as the lyric says, "Nothing can separate me, from the love of God through Christ at Calvary." Producer Jamie O'Neal, felt the song lent itself perfectly to the voices of The Roys. She could not have been more right, as the single has been embraced by radio and its listeners. To listen for yourself, find the little bird and launch the music player.

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JUN
27
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THE MUSIC KEEPS PLAYING, STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS

While on tour in Texas in June 2014, Mary and her husband Dan stopped by the Mighty 93 KSTV, for an in-station radio interview with friend and DJ, Grieg Mayberry. "I am continually grateful that God keeps using the music. As I have said many times, radio allows the music and message to go where I cannot.  We have the DJ's to thank for that."  To hear the recorded interview, click here.

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APR
01
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MUSIC FEATURE OF "STRONG" IN THIS MONTH'S EVE'S CROWN MAGAZINE

A review of Mary's latest CD "Strong" is featured in the April 2014 edition of Eve's Crown. Anna Marie Edwards writes, "Its narrative structure is reminiscent of a walk down a rural lane with a good friend in its conversational treatment of such topics as self-doubt, uncertainty and distraction in a world that strives to drives a wedge between God and His people. Through it all, James' lyrics dwell upon the ever present, ever merciful nature of the One who never leaves or forsakes His followers." The full article can be found by clicking the image above.

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MAR
15
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WOMEN'S SPRING SOCIAL AT REVIVAL CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

Mary recently spoke and sang for the women of Revival. All the details were prayed over, down to the decor and colors. "Strong for the Journey" was the theme and from start to finish God's hand was clearly on every detail. Jessica Darlington, Mary's daughter sang background vocals, with Jim Soldi and Dan Barker on guitars.  Most importantly, the women in attendance went home encouraged and some even changed.

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FEB
24
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NEWEST SINGLE, "NOTHING CAN," FEATURES BLUEGRASS DUO, THE ROYS

Mary's latest radio release, Nothing Can, features the amazing brother/sister Bluegrass Duo, The Roys. Lee and Elaine were kind enough to step in and lend their heart and talents to the song, giving it the perfect vocal treatment it needed.  Hope radio loves it..hope you are blessed by it!

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FEB
15
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EVE'S CROWN HOSTS FIRST "PROTECT YOUR HEART" EVENT

At the Salvation Army Kroc Center in San Diego, Eve's Crown hosted an event designed to create awareness and support for young women who are in or who are aging out of the Foster Care system. Mary, Author and Speaker Arlene Pellicane, Rebecca Fox and the Protect Your Heart team partnered to encourage the young women in attendance. The night was great, but the young girls in attendance stole Mary's heart.

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FEB
9
14



CHERSHED TIME WITH RIDING HIGH MINISTRIES

Any time Mary receives a call from Pastor Todd Pierce, she does all that she can to say yes, where and what time? That is because of Todd's huge heart for the Lord and people. This time it was to serve at the Anaheim Honda Center for Church PBR Style.  Friend and Worship Leader Chris Surdock came along and joined Mary and Dan in leading worship.  Chris's son Giovanni kept a close watch on the bulls.

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JAN
18
14



SAN DIEGO WALK FOR LIFE

San Diegans came together in Balboa Park to share their heart and burden for the voiceless. It was a peaceful and loving proclamation of the value of Human Life. Mary shared through both music and testimony expressing that, "the only true remedy to the issue of a abortion is Jesus. When Christ is at the center of your life, choices are are influenced and attitudes toward hopeless circumstances find hope." 

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JAN
10
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SUPPORTING THE RESCUE OF WOMEN FROM HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Along with several other guests, Mary was a part of a night dedicated to supporting Generate Hope and their ongoing effort to deliver women from Human Trafficking.

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DEC
13
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CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT

The weekend of December 13-14, 2013 marked another stellar weekend for the Carols by Candlelight Fundraiser. Steve Vaus continues to keep this special event alive, as it is intended to benefit the children of Rady's Children Hospital. The military are always invited and treated as VIP at the event; both seated on stage and special guests at the Meet & Greets.  

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DEC
8
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CHRISTMAS WITH THE SALVATION ARMY

San Diego's Salvation Army hosted their first Christmas Community Concert where Mary and the band were the featured musical guests. Along with the Salvation Army band, Santa and other guests, they were blessed to be a part of a night centered on encouraging the San Diego community.

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DEC
3
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NEW CHRISTMAS CD, COMFORT AND JOY IS RELEASED

Releasing another CD on the heels of Strong was not exactly the plan, but God clearly had something else in mind. He brought the perfect people forward to achieve such a huge undertaking.  Gary Livesay and Mary went to work on material. The project was recorded in Diego and sent to Nashville for mixing and the addition of more background vocals (namely Jamie O'Neal's).  In the 11th hour the project was in hand for a rigorous Christmas Tour.  It is a sweet collection of Mary's favorites; unique renditions and all for Jesus.

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DEC
1
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"STRONG" EARNS #1 SPOT ON POWERSOURCE TOP 100 CHART!!

With a nice long run on the PS Top 100 Chart, "Strong" climbed to the #1 spot in December 2013.  Because the song is so special to Mary, this actually meant more to her than receiving an ICM Award. Of all the songs she has written and released, this one gives tremendous glory and tribute to God.   Thank you to PS and Radio!

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OCT
24
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HONORED TO RECEIVE 2ND INSPIRATIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD!

After singing "Strong" with Artist/Producer Jamie O'Neal at the 2013 ICM Awards, Mary was then honored to receive a 2nd ICM Female Vocalist of the Year Award and a Top 5 Music Evangelist Nomination.  She thanks all who have stood behind her over the years....family, friends and radio. It has been an special journey for her with this as icing on the cake.

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SEPT
1
13



EVE'S CROWN ON-LINE MAGAZINE LAUNCHES!!

In addition to the August PS Magazine, Mary was pleased to be a part of the launch of a new Christian Women's Magazine called Eve's Crown. Take a walk over to the "Articles" page for the full story. The testimony is the same, but new insights can be found read about her journey. The hope is that it will minister to some very specific needs. 

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AUG
1
13


POWER SOURCE MAGAZINE COVER FEATURE.

Power Source Magazine kindly featured Mary and her friend Dennis Agajanian on the cover of the magazine in August. You can read the story on the "Articles" page of the website. She is with a horse, yes....but notice the fence between them. 

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Jul
21
13

SMCC SUMMER BIBLE CONFERENCE.
Mary and Gary Livesay enjoyed leading worship at the Shadow Mountain Community Church Summer Bible Conference. Greg Laurie spoke and Uriel Vega shared in special music on the Sax.

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Jul
27
13



"STRONG" RELEASES AT WOMEN OF PURPOSE EVENT WITH SHEILA WALSH!

On July 13, 2013, Women of Purpose and Journey Community Church held a half-day Women's Event Featuring Keynote speaker Sheila Walsh and Christian Artist, Mary James. It was a blessed time of ministry for all. Sheila was compelling and Mary, along with her band and guest Sylvia Lange, led worship and debuted a number of songs from the new CD "Strong." 

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MAY
29
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A RETURN TO BELGIUM.
In May, Mary and the band returned to Belgium for a two week missions trip/tour. In their short stay, the band appeared 15 times for audiences of all sizes. The sun came out and the poppies finally began to bloom when they arrived. As usual, the locals came out to hear them share songs, old and new.

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MAY
27
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NEW WEBSITE!!
Welcome to the new website! While you are here, be sure to sign-up for Mary's Newsletter and "find the little bird" (you don't have to look very far) to hear the first single from her new CD.  We pray your time spent scouting around leaves you encouraged. 

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APR
24
13

STRONG!
Mary's first single "Strong," featuring Jamie O'Neal, from the upcoming CD "Strong" is released to radio and available on iTunes. The song was written by James and co-writer Gary Livesay.  "Find the little bird" and listen!  

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JAN
15
13

FULL-TIME AT LAST!
Over the last 12 years of ministry, Mary has been trying to balance a full-time position with San Diego Christian College, family and a growing music/speaking schedule. After much prayer, she stepped away from my position at the college and moved into full-time ministry. The adventure continues!

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DEC
08
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CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT 2012.

Mary will be making a fond return to Carols by Candlelight, benefiting Rady Children's Hospital, and will share the stage with BJ Thomas, Collin Raye, Steve Vaus and Eve Selis.

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NOV
03
12



IRON SHARPENS IRON FOR WOMEN.

On the heels of Hurricane Sandy, Mary and the band and headed east to lead worship for the 2012 Iron Sharpens Iron for Women Conference in Milford, PA. Keynote Speakers for the event were Ruth Graham and my friend Danna Demetre.

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OCT
15
12

RETREAT KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Mary was given the opportunity to provide a Concert, Lead Worship and the Keynote message for two retreats in October. That is what you call multi-tasking!

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NOV
03
12



ICM AWARDS. PRESENTER, 7 TIME NOMINEE AND PERFORMER.

2012 ICM Awards blessed Mary with the opportunity to Present on the Award show and look who she ran into backstage....Mac Powell!  An added honor was to be a 7 time ICM Female Vocalist of the Year Nominee. In addition to the award show appearance, Mary also joined many talentd artists for the 20th Anniversary Celebration held at Cornerstone Church.

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SEPT
01
12

ACM WINNER, ARTIST AND PRODUCER JAMIE O'NEAL TO PRODUCE NEW CD.

After many "its a God thing" moments, Jamie O'Neal will be producing Mary's new full-length project. Recording begins in September at her studio "The Grotto." For more details, take a look at the article on the Articles page of the website.

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