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Mary Gaines Bernard is an American singer best known for her work with older sister, Donna Summer.



Mary was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and her parents, the late Andrew and Mary Gaines, raised their 6 children in a devout Christian manner.

The family worshiped at Boston's Grant African Methodist Episcopal Church, and it was here that their love of music was nurtured.

In the late 1960s, Mary's sister, Donna, was offered a role in the European cast of the hit musical, Hair. Donna returned to the U.S. in late 1975 as her song, Love to Love You Baby, was climbing the charts. Donna's first headlining tour was in 1976, and Mary along with sister Dara joined Donna's band as back-up singers. Mary remains as one of Donna's back-up singers, and is most known to fans for the duet she sings with Donna on the hit record, No More Tears (Enough is Enough).

In 1978 Mary, along with sister Dara, and Carlena Williams formed the short lived group, Sunshine. They have a song(Take It To The Zoo) featured on the soundtrack to the movie, Thank God It's Friday, and they worked on songs for an album titled Watch'n Daddy Dance. This album was never released.→

The three singers continued to tour with Donna through her 1981 tour, and Mary along with Dara toured with their sister through 1987. Since 1989 Mary has continued to tour with her famous, sister often joined by her brother-in-law, Bruce Sudano, and Yvonne Hodges as back-up vocalists.

Currently, Mary Bernard works with the music ministry at the Calvary Chapel, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has also released her first solo recording, You Made It, which features contemporary Gospel songs. In 2007, she recorded a Christmas song, Make December Stay, that has been featured on YouTube.

Published works



As Sunshine:

  • Take It To The Zoo, track from Thank God It's Friday, Original Soundtrack album, 1978, Casablanca Records.
  • Live and More, Live and studio album from Donna Summer, 1978, Casablanca Records.


As Mary Bernard:

  • A&E Biography, Donna Summer, 1994.
  • A Hot Summer Night With Donna, concert video and DVD, 1983, Polygram Records.
  • VH1 Presents, Donna Summer, Live and More, Encore!, concert video, DVD, and audio recording, 1999, Sony Records.
  • VH1 Behind The Music, Donna Summer, 1999.
  • WE Network, Intimate Portrait, Donna Summer, 2003.




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