"So Good" is Maura McKinney Mastro's collection of original songs, bound in lush Nashville sound, set down with Maura's rich range and lilt, and punctuated with rock and Celtic vibes. It was produced by Doug Deforest and features the fabulous "Cuttin Crew" band whose playing inspires Maura to sing from her soul. This is Maura's most exciting Clady Records release so far!
“So Good” is Maura McKinney Mastro’s personal diary, bound in lush Nashville sound, set down with Maura’s rich range and lilt, and punctuated with rock and Celtic vibes".
This is Maura’s third Clady Records release. “Irish Roots” and “Inspirational Roots” made you want to dream, to believe, to love. “So Good” tells you how – in a voice that respected Philadelphia music critic, the late J. Cartin, described as treating “every syllable with artistry and respect.” It is also a voice that can pierce you at will.
This is her collection of original songs with the exception of the Phil Coulter classic, “The Old Man.” It is included here with some lyric changes to honor the memory of Maura’s dad, noted TV, radio and print journalist Jack McKinney.
These songs, which include “Megan’s Song,” “So Good,” “I’m A Dancer,” “Draw A Line In The Sand,” and “Her Heart Is Sand” tell us that love lives longest in the little things in life; sharing a dream, dancing feet, taking out the trash, a walk in the rain, a father’s strong, caring hand.
From the multi-faceted, crystal voice of Maura McKinney Mastro cascades a rainbow of emotions she has felt since she was a young girl. She’s lived long enough to know that there doesn’t have to be “lost love,” so long as you still love the memory.
One of her songs is titled “Do It Again.” Maura has. This time for you.
Former Columnist/Philadelphia Daily News
Paul Davis of Country Music Round Up magazine in Europe, featured Maura in a center page interview with caption:
"Maura McKinney Mastro, A Heart That Is Free"
In a review of her CD, "So Good" he wrote:...This innovation is for me; catchy tracks that feature quality self-penned repertoire from the art of a rising star....
A recent trip to Nashville for Maura, had her appearing at the famous Bluebird Cafe and the Gibson Showcase theatre among several other venues. Her newest song, "Nashville" just entered the European Hot Disc charts at # 36.
Maura's driving and uplifting "Draw A Line In The Sand " is being well received in Europe, checking in at #2 on the NCM Euro Country chart!
Reactions from DJs are strong and as follows:
“Maura McKinney Mastro has captured the cheerfulness that characterizes her ministry, nice piano break”
Paul Poulton, Temporary Music and Christians In Music, UK
Jackie Blair, Journalist, Scotland
“Beautiful singing and music”
Graham Hassall, Radio Nightingale, UK
“10/10 Powerful and infectious Vegas country beat communication”
Paul Davis, NCM Radio Show syndicated to approximately 205 stations worldwide, author and journalist, UK
“10/10 Excellent sound very good voice”
John Edward, Radio Maria, Austria
Arno Bierings, Radio Eagle, Holland
“10/10 This has to go into any playlist. It’s in ours. Well put together, well sung”
Dennis Payne, Presenter Hot FM & Station Manager Son-FM, Australia
Tony Peters, Primo Music, UK
“Solid 8/10 ”
Otto Waldoft, SWAWC, Radio Rorrig, NR Radio, Radio Gladsaxe, Denmark
“Good beat contemporary”
Richard White, Full Gospel, WXRQ & WDKN AM 1260, USA
“Interesting lyrics. 7/10”
Jon Harle, BBC Radio Newcastle, UK
Petur Rouch, Radio Faroe Islands, Faroe Islands, Norway, Ireland and Scotland
John Staff, BBC Radio Essex, UK
“Very good track”
James Pearson, BBC Radio Shetland, Scotland
“Good lively song”
J.W Brookfield, Journalist, UK
Alan Potter, HHR Radio, UK
Martin Van Der Laan, Radio Compagnie, Holland
“Good strong voice”
Ron Bernard, Revival Radio, Scotland
“Lively good lyrics and backing”
Bill Rowe, Radio Poplar & Citysound, UK
Rolf Hierath, Radio Rhein Welle, Germany
“10/10 Good driving number and message”
Roger Hill, Journalist, UK
“Very interesting melody line – clearly sung lyrics. Good over all”
Keith Brown, Hiscoming Ministries Radio, UK & Worldwide
All of this follows Maura's debut on the Hot Disc/Country top 40 charts in June with her title track from the Cd, "So Good".
We enjoyed your latest CD. It clearly shows that you are very talented…7 year old Sean said he “really liked that music” and he asked what radio station it was on. When we told him it was a CD, he walked over to the CD player a couple of times to replay, “I’m A Dancer”. He absolutely loves it. Besides your other fans, I think you have the “Under 10” age group locked up…
Bob Lydon/Journalist/ Del Co. Times, Phila. Daily News, Irish American
I am enjoying your “So Good” CD. LOVE IT!
Dot T./ Wildwood, NJ
I just want to say how much I enjoyed you and your husband’s performance…so much so that I purchased both of your cds. (Inspirational Roots” and “So Good”) As soon as I returned I played them both. “Stand Tall” just blew me away…God Bless you and your husband and your God given talent…
Thelma/ Philadelphia, PA
Good" is Maura McKinney Mastro's personal diary, bound in lush Nashville
sound, set down with Maura's rich range and lilt, and punctuated with
rock and Celtic vibes.
This country-rockish enterprise finds Maura in a driving tone well-suited for the varied repertoire paraded in front of edgy country-rock sessioners. Well-titled, bold, upfront and in-your-face, this is country music a la ‘Las-Vegas-style’ (edging on rockabilly-pop) rather than Nashville. This innovation is for me; catchy tracks that feature quality self-penned repertoire from the art of a rising star. Not dutifully produced, and in most cases not telling some sort of cheating, heart-tugging ‘love-lost’ tale but positive uplifting lyrics with bounce-and-beat or a pleasing crooning sentimentality. As a subspecies, this album is relatively atypical and therefore should be sought out by the country devotee. Of ‘Irish- origin’, this was interestingly recorded in the northern environs of New Jersey and the southern environs of Arkansas. Fascinatingly recorded well, the guys and the gal exhibit enterprising skill and originality for those who enjoy the free-highway rather than a rocking-chair porch.
Country Music Round- Up Magazine/ August 2006
Audiences will get a chance to preview Maura’s Irish Festival appearance when she sings at McGillicuddy’s. She will perform many nostalgic and contemporary favorites as well as passionate offerings of Irish, inspirational and country rock selections. Maura’s new CD, “So Good” contains original, country-pop songs written or co-written by her. Most of the vocals for “So Good” were recorded at Raney Recording in Arkansas on the way home from gigs out west. The CD features outstanding musicians from Nashville and Houston. “It’s always nice to perform throughout the nation” said Maura, “but Frank and I enjoy coming back to our home to perform before old friends and meet new ones here”
Jacob Schaad/Free Time/New Jersey
I noticed a couple of your CD's sitting on my desk so I stole one. I liked it a lot… Just letting you know I listened to it and it sounds "So Good." Have a nice day. Thanks for the credit.
Cassandra Henson/Mastering Engineer/Raney Recording/Arkansas
I just wanted to let you know that I got my CD today and I loved it. I hope to see you sing again you are a great singer. I hope you are doing great. Hope to hear from you.
G. McDermott/Philadelphia, PA.
I hope you are having a great birthday! And I just realized that I didn’t tell you how much I’m enjoying your CD. And I love our song the best of course…!
All the best,
Severin Browne/Singer-Songwriter/ Los Angeles, CA
…your beautiful music. I love it. I have a few favorites already, “Stand Tall” – one about a girl, “Megan’s Song” – the one about Da’ (“The Ol’ Da’) and the one about she wishes she was me…funny… You talk really fast. (“Your Love Saved Me”) I am enjoying all of the Cd, those are the standouts right now. Wish you much success and joy with the release of the new CD…keep using your talent for His glory.
Debbie G./New Jersey
(The song) “So Good” has solid, catchy ideas throughout…well written structure, rhymes well, is unique. Good for country!
I like the real life references in your bridge lyric, Maura. This is a good, positive song idea…I like your energetic vocals. You put a lot of heart into your delivery. That’s great…sounds like you have a really professional sounding record here…a lot like Shania Twain’s stuff.