Mary Datcher is a journalist, marketing specialist, public relations, and political consultant. Growing up in Chicago, Ms. Datcher has enjoyed a prominent career in the music and entertainment industry for the past 29 years. During her tenure, she has held positions at WGCI FM (Chicago), BMG Distribution, UNI Distribution (Universal Music Group), Def Jam Music Group, and George’s Music Room, in 1992 she formed On the Street Promotions and Marketing. OTSP specializes in executing field and event marketing programs with its primary focus on the music industry. Within three decades of the company’s duration, OTSP has worked with 300+ companies, consulting and developing marketing campaigns, producing national and local events, branding lifestyle concepts and music artist development. In 2004 she co- founded the world-renowned Core DJ Retreat, transitioning to form the Global Mixx DJ Retreat in 2005—currently known as the Global Mixx Music & Film Forum. Global Mixx Music & Film Forum was created to bring business education and seminars to aspiring professionals and students seeking a career in the entertainment, arts and film industry. Over the years, the company has produced several music driven events that have included celebrated industry leaders such as Kanye West, Jaheim, Kindred the Family Soul, Bilal, Eve, Eryka Badu, Jill Scott, Chingy, Wu-Tang Clan, Faith Evans, DJ Tony Touch, KRS-One, Grammy-Award winning artists, Luther Vandross, Common, Naughty by Nature, NBA star Antoine Walker and the list goes on.
Mary Datcher has guided her company on projects that have included political clients– Commissioner Jerry ‘Iceman Butler, Congressman Bobby L. Rush, Chris Kennedy, and Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. and many others. Corporate clients have included—Jeep, American Family Insurance, Gentle Hair Treatment, Tanqueray, Baileys, Nike, KBA Marketing/Draft Worldwide, Salem (RJ Reynolds), Seagram Americas, K Cider, Target, Cingular Wireless, UBO, Warner Bros. Records, RCA Records, Sony Music Group, Motown Records, Def Jam Music Group, Effen Vodka, Frontline Marketing, Geffen Records, New Music Seminar, Hidden Beach Recordings, DreamWorks, Crown Royal, Baileys and Martell Cognac.
As the former Managing Editor for the Chicago Defender, her stories have included the 2016 presidential, Chicago, and statewide races; hard-hitting investigative stories, community and entertainment profiles that has engaged interests and feedback from readers across the country. In 2018, Ms. Datcher co-founded Bronzeville Life, a lifestyle publication owned by the Chicago Defender Charities—a nonprofit managed by the Sengstacke family. In 2020, Ms. Datcher joined the staff of Congressman Bobby Rush (IL-01) as District Director and became incoming Rep. Jonathan Jackson’s team in the same role in February 2023. As District Director, she oversaw the operations of the district staff, worked with constituents; community groups, and business leaders in addition to working with municipalities throughout the district.