Mary McGuinness is a singer/songwriter who is of Korean and Irish ancestry. Although initially brought up on opera and theatre, even gaining a presence on Broadway, the Ft. Hood, Texas-born, Los Angeles, California-based musician extended her talents into the world of contemporary pop. Up to this point, she has released four albums and since toured extensively with such established acts as Train, Kenny Loggins, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Shawn Colvin. Her debut Americana/Folk album, Prodigal, will be released on May 8th.
From the album comes “Silver Edge,” its lead single, which is primarily rooted in southern-tinged acoustics. I appreciate the presentation of the guitar as it’s enveloped in a combinative clean shimmer and deep bass bed. McGuinness’s vocals are also a distinct factor in the workings of this mix. They don’t hold back, but at the same time, they don’t overbear, emitting a nuanced “gritty-yet-smooth” characteristic. As the song transitions from acoustic to a kind of mid-range electric guitar approach, I felt the intensity of the instrumentation bolster that of her vocals effectively. During the subtle lull that occurs just beyond the halfway point, the nuances in the guitar’s reverberation are noteworthy in a complementary, allowing for her presence to be just as vital bare as it is with accompaniment. I look forward to how these elements will be further expressed following Prodigal’s upcoming release.
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