Singer-songwriter Maree McRae possesses a rare combination of talent, personality, passion and spirit. A lifelong vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, she has played keyboards since the age of five and guitar since the 5th grade.
“I took the long way, and now it’s clear where I was heading.” So goes her track “Do It For Love,” a song that seems to define her enduring musical career, which began with McRae fronting pop bands in California at the age of 15, then graduated with her as lead singer and virtuoso on keys, guitar and mandolin for one of the Rocky Mountains Regions’ most sought after acts, Cadillac Ranch.
During many successful years touring with the group, McRae became a prolific songwriter in the quiet hotel rooms on the road, where she was able to find her own voice. This led to a number of successful singles making their way to national charts and also included a Top 10 single performed by Grammy country artist Colin Raye.
Maree embarked on a solo venture with her debut release “I Won’t Settle For Less,” which made its mark on the national Top 40 Gavin Americana Chart, garnering critical acclaim alongside Emmy Lou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Tom Petty.
Her career has synchronistically intertwined with various famed musicians. At the time of recording her debut album, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was also recording their Acoustic album in the studio next to her, Jimmy Ibbotson went to grab a cup of coffee and overheard McRae recording. Ibbotson returned to Denver the following week from Aspen to be a stand out vocal on the album. This project landed McRae the cover story of an industry-favorite Performance Magazine. The same month McRae became the top selling artist of the Musicfest Concert in Sweden.