Something About Mary
Mary Rademacher brings an expressive warmth to her singing, as well as a skilled ability to communicate the emotional content of a lyric. Her unique abilities as a performer are a culmination of her natural talent, as well as her experience and training as an actress and vocalist. Mary is a true Entertainer in every sense of the word, weaving humor, dance and charm to create a warm rapport with her audience.
Based in Grand Rapids, MI , Mary has performed in numerous local and regional theatres and travels nationwide as a vocalist. She is a member of Chicago Cabaret Professionals, West Michigan Jazz Society, Michigan Arts & Humanities Touring Roster and West Michigan Cabaret Association and Local 56 Federation of Musicians.
Mary holds a B.A. from Michigan State University, where she was also a Big 10 Cheerleader. (Go Green!) After graduating and studying dance in NYC with Phil Black and in Chicago at Giordano’s, Mary toured throughout the States and to the Orient and South Pacific with the USO/DOD, singing and dancing with the show band, Sensitivity.
Her travels brought her back to Michigan, where she was a headliner at the 5-star Amway Grand Plaza Hotel for over ten years. This is where she met her good friend and colleague, Bassist, Paul Keller, now residing in Ann Arbor, MI who recorded and tours with Jazz Grammy winner, Diana Krall. Mary is invited to sing with The Paul Keller Orchestra and continues to work with Keller in various jazz venues.
Awarded West Michigan Jazz Society’s Jazz Musician of the Year 2006, Mary was invited by Mike Vax (Stan Kenton alum) and The Great American Jazz Band traveling to Sun Valley, ID and Sacramento, CA, two of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the country. She has been featured with The Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra, Paul Keller Orchestra, Don Shelton, Richie Cole, Jamie Hadad, Dave Bennett’s Benny Goodman show, Broadway & Beyond, the tribute Big Bands of Stan Kenton and Benny Goodman, Gene Bertoncini, opened for Bob Newhart and Shirley Jones and performed for Presidents George Bush Sr., and Ronald Reagan.
Mary fronts The Rad Pack, a versatile, showy band that is featured at many festivals, nightclubs, private events and concert venues. From swing to disco to Motown to blues to pop to showtunes, this group ROCKS! She is also featured with The Tom Hagen Trio, another variety group, on a regular basis. Please visit her Shows page for various groups and theme revues.
Mary is a also a member of the fabulous Boogie Woogie Babies, a female vocal trio offering 3 separate revues of music of the 1940’s, Broadway and Girl Groups. They performing throughout the States, including with The Elgin, IL, Dearborn and Holland, MI Symphony Orchestras. www.boogiewoogiebabies.com
Her newest endeavor was singing and playing electronic drums and percussion with the poplular & eclectic guitar/vocal group, The Lazy Blue Tunas .
Her many CDs can be listened to and purchased at www.cdbaby.com, Itunes or at www.maryrad.com , as well as digitally. Please visit the Music page.
She works as a voice talent, is on staff at The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre; instructing voice, dance and acting classes for children & adults, works with the Very Special Arts programs and choreographs and directs community theatre, high school musicals and corporate events.
- SELECTED CLIENT LIST
- Amway, DeVos & VanAndel events
- Steelcase Corporation
- MGM, Odawa, Little River, Blue Chip, Victory Casinos
- Bloomfield Hills, Egypt Valley, Kent, Blythefield, Farmington Hills, Cascade Country Clubs
- World Class Jazz Tour
- Little Harbor Yacht Club
- Conaco Oil Inc. OK
- JW Marriott Hotels
- Amway Grand Plaza Hotel preferred band list
- Hilton Hotels
Heidi's Jazz Club, Cocoa Beach, FL
The Pier House, Key West, FL
Jazz at The Gardens Hotel, Key West, FL
Bird of Paradise Jazz Club, Ann Arbor, MI
Firefly Jazz Club, Ann Arbor, MI
Little Palm Island, FL
Elgin, IL Symphony Orchestra
Dearborn, MI Symphony Orchestra
Holland Symphony Orchestra
Forest Hills Performing Arts Center
Sandwich Opera House, IL
Madeleines of New York
Carambola Resort, Virgin Islands
Rusty's of Toledo, OH
Euphemia Hayes, Longboat Key, FL
Sarasota Jazz Society
Club 411, Cincinnati, OH
Rusty's of Toledo, OH
Davenports Piano & Cabaret Club, Chicago, IL