Tunes on the Terrace - Mary McAdams

  • 600 E Locust Street | Des Moines, IA 50319
  • Presented By: Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
  • Dates: May 25, 2018
  • Location: State Historical Building of Iowa
  • Phone: (515) 281-5111
  • Start/End Time: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Overview

    Ever since she found her brother’s copy of Carole King’s album, Tapestry, Mary McAdams’ life has been on the path to creating conscientious music with meaningful lyrics and beautiful melodies. When she discovered Jackson Browne, she just had to get a guitar. In high school, Mary recorded a demo that included 12 songs, but stage fright got the best of her and silenced her for years. She went to college, got a degree in the science field, married, had children, and tried to forget her calling to music…but music would not be ignored. She finally picked up her guitar and leaned into the love affair with music she’d been missing for so long—and we’re the lucky ones because of it. Her voice has been described as “unapologetically strong” and her roles as mom, wife, and musician make their way into her lyrics.