Maria McKee

Maria McKee (born Maria Louise McKee, on August 17, 1964 in Los Angeles, California) is an American singer.

A solo artist, McKee was a founding member of the cowpunk/country rock band Lone Justice, in 1982, with whom she released two albums. Her band opened for such acts as U2.

In 1986, she wrote Feargal Sharkey’s UK number one hit ‘A Good Heart’.

She released her first solo, self-titled album in 1989. Her song "Show Me Heaven", which appeared on the soundtrack to the film Days of Thunder, was a number one single in the United Kingdom for four weeks in 1990. Later her eerie, country-tinged single, "If Love Is a Red Dress (Hang Me in Rags)" was released on the soundtrack of Pulp Fiction. (1994).

Her recorded output has varied between the rootsy country-folk of You Gotta Sin To Get Saved (1993) and Peddlin’ Dreams (2005), and experimental rock on Life Is Sweet (1996) and High Dive (2003). She even made a foray into early-90s dance music with her "Sweetest Child" single.

Life Is Sweet was seen at the time as an artistic about-face from her country-rock sound, full of guitar feedback and complex, baroque songwriting. Confounding both fans and critics, it was her last release for seven years and her last for a major label.

In 2007 she released Late December, an album rooted in classic 60s pop songwriting.

She is the half-sister of Love guitarist/singer/songwriter Bryan MacLean, with whom she played in a duo as a teenager. In the nineties, she spent time living in Dublin and the East Village.

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Maria McKee Albums

0.0 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Maria McKee Maria McKee
Released on
October 21, 2003
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0.0 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Maria McKee Maria McKee
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October 21, 2003
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0.0 A Good Heart Maria McKee
Released on
April 2, 2007
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0.0 Absolutely Barking Stars Maria McKee
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0.0 High Dive Maria McKee
Released on
April 22, 2003
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0.0 I Can’t Make It Alone Maria McKee
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0.0 I’m Gonna Soothe You Maria McKee
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0.0 Late December Maria McKee
Released on
April 23, 2007
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0.0 Life Is Sweet Maria McKee
Released on
March 26, 1996
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0.0 Live Acoustic Tour 2006 Maria McKee
Released on
September 11, 2006
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0.0 Live in Hamburg Maria McKee
Released on
July 27, 2004
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0.0 Maria McKee Maria McKee
Released on
February 1, 2008
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0.0 Maria McKee (Live At The BBC) Maria McKee
Released on
January 28, 2008
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0.0 Peddlin Dreams Maria McKee
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0.0 Peddlin’ Dreams Maria McKee
Released on
April 23, 2007
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0.0 Pulp Fiction Maria McKee
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0.0 Show Me Heaven Maria McKee
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0.0 Sweetest Child Maria McKee
Released on
November 30, 1991
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0.0 The Ultimate Collection Maria McKee
Released on
August 22, 2000
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0.0 This Perfect Dress Maria McKee
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