Mary is a Des Moines-based singer, songwriter and educator. Her music is a mix of folk and Americana blended with the blues. She performs at Music Festivals, Art Festivals, coffeehouses, farmer’s markets, community groups and schools. Mary performed at...
Mary is a Des Moines-based singer, songwriter and educator. Her music is a mix of folk and Americana blended with the blues. She performs at Music Festivals, Art Festivals, coffeehouses, farmer’s markets, community groups and schools. Mary performed at an Official Showcase for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and with the 2010 Access Film-Music Showcase in Park City, UT. In late 2009 she showcased at the Crossroads Entertainment Conference in Des Moines, IA. Mary is a member of ASCAP and is affiliated with BMI. She was a finalist in the Minnesota Folk Festival “New Folk Songwriting Contest” in 2002 and 2005. Mary runs Ritual Café’s evening Open mic, which provides space for new songwriters and performers to develop their skills. Mary has been on the IAC Performing Artist Roster since 2005 and is an active teaching artist with Metro Arts Alliance. Mary is a member of Nashville Songwriters Association International and has received commissions to write songs for a local organization. She is a teaching artist and teaches songwriting in the schools to grades K-8 with an emphasis on working in schools with under served populations and schools that have lost their arts programming. Mary annually attends the Planet Bluegrass Song School in Colorado to study with the nations top songwriters. Mary performs solo, duo and with her band. Mary’s artistic mission includes building a strong and acclaimed songwriting community in Des Moines, IA. Mary received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin. Go Badgers.
“Mary McAdams brings a mother’s love and a lover’s passion to the 10 original compositions on this Iowa-based release. Mary can serve up slow and saucy roadhouse blues, earnest Americana roots rockin’ or a lullabye ballad with equal authenticity. From the funky piano fills of “Greed” to the simple guitar picking of “Fourth of July” – you’ll fall in love with the subjects in Mary’s songs.”