In the early 1980s, McAdorey lived in the UK, where she was briefly a backup singer for Kirsty MacColl. While there, she joined a new wave band called Corect Spelling (sic). Although the band received widespread exposure for their debut single "Love Me Today", which was produced by Midge Ure, the band broke up after receiving poor support from their label.
McAdorey eventually moved back to Toronto, where she wrote songs with Blue Rodeo's Greg Keelor, and appeared in the video for Blue Rodeo's hit single "Try". She eventually formed Crash Vegas, and the songs she had written with Keelor formed the basis of that band's debut album, Red Earth.
Crash Vegas disbanded in 1996. In 2000, McAdorey released her solo debut, Whirl. The same year, she appeared on King Cobb Steelie's fourth album, Mayday, co-writing and lending her vocals to the title track. In 2003 McAdorey released Love Don't Change with Eric Chenaux. The two had played together for years and this recording was a document of their live playing to date. In 2013 McAdorey released a single on Peterborough label Seventh Fire as part of a limited edition 7" vinyl club.
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