November 8th: The Voice

8 Nov

Portland State Music: 30 for the 30th

Name:Mary Kadderly

Instrument: voice

Student of Tomas Svoboda

B.A. Theater Arts, Minor in Music -1985 Portland State University

Putting Music Forward

There are a number of ways that you might encounter Mary Kadderly.  She might be performing at a local jazz club, concert hall or jazz festival.  You might be driving in your car when a selection from one of her four albums comes on the radio.  You might attend one of her many vocal workshops and classes, or take some private voice lessons.  Or perhaps you might hear an ad for Saturn, Frangelico, City University or any of the scores of  television and radio commercials that feature her distinctive voice.


Putting Skills to Work

With a range of musical styles that reaches from jazz and blues to R&B and pop with a touch of country, Mary Kadderly is a singer and songwriter with a truly distinctive voice.  Born in Portland, Oregon, she g0t her start singing in a jazz and blues band.  “The first time I sang into a microphone, the music bug bit me hard. From then on I was hooked,” she says. At the age of 19, she started playing in local clubs, while studying Music and Theater Arts at Portland State. Soon after graduation, Mary was  regularly appearing in nightclubs, at concerts, and festivals around the country.

In 1991, she started her record label, marymargaret MUSIC, which released 3 titles: Mary Kadderly, Down Right Big Time and I Go Zoom, which became a top-selling CD in the Northwest, and was nominated for best Jazz and Blues album of 1999.  In 2003, marymargaret music became LIKELIFE RECORDS.  On the new label, Mary released Lucky Me, which features a number of her striking settings of Shakespeare sonnets.  She has also recorded an album of Christmas music on Ripping Glass Records entitled Christmas Memories.

A pianist as well as vocalist, Mary is on the faculty in the Professional Music Department at Portland Community College.  She presents regular vocal workshops with legendary jazz singer Nancy King, and maintains a thriving private practice teaching singing, piano, and music theory.  Her first children’s multimedia project is in the works.  And as if that weren’t’ enough, Mary is an accomplished actress as well, playing the part of a jazz singer in the Robert DeNiro movie Men Of Honor, and appearing in countless television/radio commercials and magazine ads.


Adding Something Unique

From the beginning, Mary knew she wanted to use her talent to help her community in some significant way.  Today she dedicates a good deal of her free time — and a portion of the proceeds from every record sale — to the Oregon Children’s Foundation’s SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) book and reading program.  The mission of SMART is to enhance the reading skills, attitudes, and life prospects of children who need assistance, and to enable adult volunteers and communities to experience the rewards of enriching young lives.



What Did PSU Music Mean to You?

“I’m grateful to Portland State University for my marvelous education.  It was a valuable starting point for my career in the performing arts.  Thank you PSU.”


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