She was caller 11 on Detroit’s hit radio station WDRQ with legendary disc jockey China Jones. At the station on 8 Mile Road in Detroit, the closet doors opened and her 11 year old arms were loaded up with the entire Beatles discography. Back at home, Mary dropped the needle on side one of Revolver on her blue Panasonic record player and at that the moment she was hooked. Growing up in 70’s Detroit and learning from the radio jocks of America’s first underground radio stations was all it took for Mary to pick up the guitar and learn her first Beatles, Neil Young, Eagles and Led Zeppelin tunes. Once she started, her appetite for acoustic rock guitar was fueled.
Loads of guitar lessons, gigging in bands with like minded musicians writing and recording, led her to rack up miles on the highways across America.
Mary suddenly found her writing songs about where she was, what she saw and what she was doing from her perspective gleaned in the Upper Midwest.
Moving from the Midwest to the East Coast and back, Mary found that each place had a different soundtrack that influenced her writing – from the rock influences of industrial Detroit to the gentle folk rock influences from the shores of Martha’s Vineyard to the rhythm of the horses clipping along on the car-free streets of Mackinac Island. Absorbing the distinct sound of the people and places where she has lived and letting it all influence her is what defines her characteristic songwriting style.
As a singer/songwriter, her music merges elements of folk, rock and pop, often with poignant lyrics and complex harmonies. Her compositions have been used in films, television shows, General Motors commercials and on the celebrated slack radio show Church of the Subgenius.
“Michigan singer-songwriter and musician Mary McGuire may be one of the most underappreciated, yet most gifted artists in America today.” Joe Montague, Riveting Riffs Magazine
“Her guitar chops are on par with some of the best players out there and she takes her craft very seriously. Mary is a force in the Detroit music scene and beyond that shouldn’t be overlooked.” Stacey Sherman, RSP Entertainment Marketing
“Mary McGuire exemplifies the ability to roam between genres at will.” Matt Harmon, Detroit Metro Times
“One thing that can be said about Ms. McGuire’s music is that it is catchy. This is as much a product of its pop undertones as of her distinctive style” ~Samuel Ogden White, Martha’s Vineyard Times
Detroit Music Awards- 2016 Outstanding Americana Songwriter
Detroit Music Awards Nominee – 2016 Outstanding Americana Songwriter, Outstanding Americana Vocalist, Outstanding Country Songwriter, Outstanding Country Vocalist
Detroit Music Awards Nominee-2015 Opportunity Detroit People’s Choice Award, Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Recording, Best Americana Artist
Metro Times/Detroit Music Awards-Best Acoustic Artist
Metro Times/Motor City Music Awards-Best Folk Artist, Best Acoustic Artist
Metro Times Music Award-Best Folk Artist, Band Deserving Wider Recognition
- Harvard University
- Michigan State University
Tours, Concerts, Supporting Act
Mark Farner, Mitch Ryder, Lou Reed, Bob Weir & Rob Wasserman, Rickie Lee Jones, David Crosby, BB King, James McMurtry, Spirit, Bruce Cockburn, Jonatha Brooke, Patty Griffin, Anni DiFranco, Neville Brothers, Richie Haven, Taj Mahal, Pat Benetar, Amboy Dukes, Gillian Welch, Arlo Guthrie, John Hartford, Guy Clark, Martin Sexton, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Blues Traveler, .38 Special, Uncle Jesse White and more.