Best Album of 2020: Prodigal – Sinister Girlz

Mary McGuinness, “Prodigal”

Rooted in country music Mary McGuinness’ “Prodigal” is a magical and enticing experience. With her smoky vocals and thoughtful lyrics as beautifully showcased in “Butterfly,” and title track, “Prodigal” the album is charming and one that will make you hit replay over and over again.

What makes Prodigal a stellar album is the combination of McGuinness’ smooth vocals and enticing instrumentation. In titled track, “Prodigal” the songstress sings, “…I’ve been so low, shine a light on me…been a stranger living in this world. Nothing left to lose nothing left to say, dream of acceptance and your warm embrace.” Her voice is silky smooth, and the writing is reflective and full of perception. Her songwriting shines in the seven-track album. It’s hard to believe that this record was recorded in just five days. For these reasons and among others Mary McGuinness’ “Prodigal” is our selection for Best album of 2020.

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A long and winding path twisted, turned, and took Mary McGuinness right back to herself. The Los Angeles-based songstress studied opera at Manhattan School of Music and logged a stint on Broadway before fronting an early musical project. In between cutting four albums, she went on the road, supporting everyone from TRAIN and Kenny Loggins to Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Shawn Colvin. In 2019, she went back to singing the folk and country music she’s always loved best, reclaimed her birth name, and recorded her proper independent debut record, Prodigal.

Working among a circle of close friends, she recorded seven tracks in just five days at Joel Shearer’s studio in North Hollywood, with producer Lawrence Katz at the helm. As if penning her own chapter of the American songbook, she threaded together a patchwork of eloquent folk, dusty country, and heartfelt Americana. Piano, pedal steel, guitar, mandolin, and banjo entwined with her honey-smooth delivery as she detailed the ups and downs (and everything in between) on her journey thus far as captured via singles such as “Silver Edge” and “Prodigal.”

Outside of music, Mary remains a staunch animal rights supporter. She volunteered at Amanda Foundation for years and raised money to rehabilitate a special Pitbull named “Jade” by hosting poker games at her home. Additionally, she has supported NKLA and Wolf Connection and fundraised through various Humane Societies coast-to-coast via touring. Additionally, her Spotify page includes a portal to donate to Wolf Connection.

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