Mary-Lynn Elizabeth Neil is a singer and songwriter from Kingston, Ontario, Canada who is often referred to as a country music prodigy.She was discovered by Brian Dolph, of Cafe Music Group, at a singing competition in Consecon, Ontario, in 2008. Mary-Lynn was 10 years old. Neil's first single, "A Daughter's Prayer", was written for her father, Master-Corporal Mike Neil, when he was serving with the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan. The song was written as a poem in her journal in January, 2009, and was turned into a song when her mother, Donna Neil, recognized the message in the lyrics. "A Daughter's Prayer" was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee through Cafe Music Group, and the vocals were done at Longshot Studio in Kingston, Ontario. Mary-Lynn was 12 at the time. "A Daughter's Prayer" received air play in 26 countries. It helped to draw attention to the sacrifice made by military families, and the children in particular. It continues to be played for Remembrance Day, Memorial Day, and ANZAC Day. Her second release, from November 2010, was a Christmas song called "I Want A Boy For Christmas".
- Born: June 18, 1997 (age 21), Kingston
- Genre: Country
- Websites: http://cafemusicgroup.com/MaryLynn.htm