Rita McDade

Gentle Heart, Screaming Soul… Music flows through her blood. Rita’s a Lifer!

Rita McDade is an electric powerhouse singer. Her infectious stage energy combined with rich sultry vocals is steeped in raw emotion. Blues, Jazz, Rock & R&B have influenced Rita’s style.

Offering up fresh original compositions and classic covers with an original fusion “twist”, she is complimented by her five piece band. Presently the Fusion Blues Band consists of Co-Song Writer and husband Kevin McDade on guitars, Scott Alexander on piano (song writer extraordinaire!) Murray Schneider adds full flavors with keyboards, organ, harmonica, accordion, melodica (you get the picture!) and Rollie LaMarche on Bass.

Rita’s journey in composition continues and she looks forward to returning to the recording studio in 2017. Her first original EP “Train Home” with the Fusion Blues Band, recorded in 2014, had two nominations for Edmonton’s Blues Recording of the Year (2015). “How Long Will It Take” is available on the 2016 “Women of Song” compilation disk produced by DanLyn Studios in Sherwood Park, Alberta.

Born and raised in Edmonton Alberta, Rita’s singing career began in 1975 majoring in vocal studies at Grant McEwan College under Dr. Dasha Goody. At present, Rita is on year 42 as one of Edmonton’s Vocal Technique & Performance Instructors. Her passion of sharing her craft of singing to hundreds of students has enriched many lives, including hers. Mentoring young musicians is also close to her heart. The development and administration of Garage Band Live each summer since 2013 is considered a joy!

In the early days of her career she appeared in local TV and Radio specials such as CBC presentations with Tommy Banks, Edmonton Musical Theatre, Klondike Days extravaganzas, Spirit of Edmonton in Montreal, as well as various recording studios cameos.  In the last 12 years she feels blessed to have performed with many outstanding musicians at Festivals, Theatres and Fund Raising events. She is honored to be among The Legends of the Edmonton Music Scene produced by The Shoebox at CJSR Radio 88.5. The latest celebration in song was for Canada’s Chautauqua 150 events at Festival Place and she looks forward to the 5th Annual “Women of Song” fundraiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation on October 1, 2017.