IPR’s Mary Jane Alm Will Be Among This Year’s Group of Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Inductees
On Friday the first of November, the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame will honor it’s latest group of inductees. The museum, located in New Ulm, Minnesota, honors musicians who have made notable contributions to Minnesota’s musical history, past and present. Past inductees include names such as Bob Dylan, Prince, The Trashmen, Judy Garland, Bobby Vee, Eddie Cochran and Sounds of Blackness.
IPR music, songwriting, and vocal performance instructor Mary Jane Alm will be among the latest group of inductees. She will be joined this year by Leo Kottke, Lorren Lindevig, Leon Olsen, Dennis Spears and the St. Olaf Choir.
I sat down with MJ today to ask her a little bit about the honor, where she is in her career and where she envisions the future of her career.
Asked to speak in her own words about what this prestigious recognition means to her, “[the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame] recognizes Minnesota Musicians who have had a lifelong contribution to the music community,” says Mary Jane.
MJ has more than a healthy dose of humility when discussing her accomplishments. She has been a mainstay in Minnesota music for more than 25 years and has won countless of awards previous to this one, but she is still cautious in accepting the praise she so deeply deserves.
“It’s a little weird, I’m honored and thrilled about it, but I feel like I just have so many really talented musician friends who belong there before me. I still feel like I’m in my twenties. I still feel that same fire when I hear a great song, I have just as much passion for singing as I did then. I feel like I haven’t reached my peak as a songwriter. So, I basically feel like in another ten years I might really deserve this.”