Mary McBride and her band have released four albums – “Everything Seemed Alright,” “By Any Other Name,” “Every Day Is a Holiday,” and "The Way Home." Mary received significant acclaim for her performance of “No One’s Gonna Love You like Me” on-screen and on the soundtrack of the Academy-award winning film Brokeback Mountain, and also performed with Elton John for the 35th Anniversary Concert of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” Since 2011, Mary has served as a Cultural Envoy for the U.S. Department of State, and has performed with her band in more than thirty countries, including Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Afghanistan, and Russia.
Mary and her band members, including John Kengla on guitars, Jon Spurney on keyboards, Greg Beshers on bass, and Mark Stepro on drums, have performed thousands of live shows and have collaborated, performed or toured with Blondie, Chubby Checker, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Cyndi Lauper, Delbert McClinton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Cocker, John Prine, Koko Taylor, LL Cool J, Lou Reed, Marcia Ball, Rufus Wainwright, Maria Muldaur, Natalie Merchant, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples, Philip Glass, Ray Davies, Son Volt, Sugarhill Gang, B52s, Indigo Girls, Tony Joe White, and Ziggy Marley.
Mary is the founder of the Home Tour ( www.thehometour.org), which uses live music to enrich lives, inspire and connect people, and engage communities around the world. The Home Tour assembles local and nationally recognized musicians to perform for - and with - residents in communities that do not have access to live music. These include long-term health care centers, homeless shelters, orphanages, prisons, supported housing communities, homes for people living with HIV/AIDS, homes for veterans; and homes for people living with mental and physical disabilities. Since its inception in 2010, The Home Tour has partnered with more than 100 social service organizations worldwide; played for tens of thousands of residents; and hosted on stage hundreds of residents from the communities where they have played. The Home Tour goes where most musicians don’t, delivering high-energy, high-impact performances and leaving an infrastructure to accommodate ongoing performances by locals and touring bands alike.
Mary has most recently founded a new not-for-profit organization, The Forum for Cultural Engagement (FCE), which oversees The Home Tour programs, and develops international cultural exchange programs in coordination with the U.S. Department of State and private sponsors. Prior to founding The Home Tour, Mary also worked with the Institute of International Education to produce a series of multi-national programs, which assembled exceptional university students from more than 40 countries with high profile speakers for a dialogue on political and cultural affairs. During this time, she produced programs in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Europe, India, Indonesia, South Africa and the United States. Mary was also a Special Programs Producer for The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, where she conceived and produced The Pink Line Project, a breast cancer awareness program in 30 U.S. markets; as well as the multiple concerts to raise money for the breast cancer cause. Mary was the Co-Executive Producer of The Digital Club Festival, the world’s first online music festival featuring more than 200 performers in 40 venues throughout the United States.
Mary's work as a musician and humanitarian has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Mary is a sought after speaker on cultural diplomacy and international exchange. Most recently, she was a featured speaker on a panel at NYU Abu Dhabi on a panel on Arts and Diplomacy in the Emirates, and also represented the United States on the plenary panel at the International Women's Conference in Islamabad, Pakistan. Her program, The Home Tour, was featured at a panel at Yale University as part of the International Art and Ideas Festival.