Maura McKinney Mastro's "Inspirational Roots" gives us songs to span a life and search a soul.
Here are her own compositions; "Is There a Hero in Your Heart," written after 9/11 to the standards written by others and waiting for her rendition; "How Great Thou Art." Maura's "You Were My teacher and My Friend," a tender tribute to her late parents, Big Band singer Doris Kavanaugh McKinney and internationally known journalist Jack McKinney, is also a loving farewell to friends gone on. Her lilting, octave-leaping strains on "Scarlet Ribbons," "America the Beautiful," and "Five Hundred Miles Away From Home," transcend them to the level of melodic prayers. This CD follows the critical and commercial success of her last release, "Irish Roots," also produced by Clady Records.
"Inspirational Roots" is a collection that speaks to love, "The Way Love Goes," and love lost, "Baby," and to faith, "Amazing Grace," and faith found, "My Lord Made Me New." Whether sung with a bounce or the blues, Maura's vocals transport you to places traveled and places dreamed, while leaning on the arm of the Lord. Maura always brings the audience to an intimacy with her songs whether performing in a cabaret, ballpark, cruise ship or any stage. This time she brings you back to the roots of your beliefs. These are songs of life and reflect her belief that, "There are always sad stories in life, but with the Lord, never sad endings.
Former Columnist/Philadelphia Daily News
A Real Natural!, March 25, 2004
Reviewer: Helen Neuhoff from Nashville ,TN
Maura Mastro is an incredibly talented singer with a wide range. Both "Irish Roots" and "Inspirational Roots" complete the music craving we all have!
Please make more music Maura.
"Maura's voice comes across as beautiful, clear, and often haunting"
Musician and Poet
"Maura McKinney Mastro is an absolutely super singer and songwriter who's been wowing them at local clubs and concerts..."
"Super singer songwriter, Maura McKinney Mastro delights a growing number of fans..."
Atlantic City Press
...From the intimacy of small cabarets to the glamour of showrooms to the wide open spaces of major league ballparks and sports arenas - where she has performed our National Anthem often-audiences have delighted in Maura's soaring vocal range and her moving interpretations of old standards, contemporary popular music, songs of inspiration, country, rock and folk tunes as well as her own melodic compositions...
Maura's high powered energy, octave leaping voice and "give it all you've got" performances leave audiences breathless.
Her professional credits include vast experience performing in resorts, nightclubs, showrooms, ballparks, arenas, universities, Festivals and on cruise lines.
Maura and her husband, Frank Mastro also perform a vast repertoire of celebrity impressions in shows that leave audiences feeling warm all over. Admirers of all ages agree that the wholesome experience of Frank and Maura Mastro sends them home feeling better than they could have imagined. For more on Frank and Maura, see their website at www.themastros.com.