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Redmond-Langosch-Cooley: Compared to What

Read "Compared to What" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger


In 2003, after I heard Mary Ann Redmond's astonishing voice for the first time, we did an interview here called “On the Verge." Well, she's still on that verge--at least everywhere outside of the Washington, D.C. area, where she lives. With just a handful of albums to her name, Redmond has won an astounding total of 22 Wammies (Washington Area Music Awards) in the jazz, pop, rock, blues, traditional R&B, and urban contemporary categories. The common denominator is ...

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Mary Ann Redmond: On the Verge

Read "Mary Ann Redmond: On the Verge" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger


Mary Ann Redmond's powerful, passionate voice inspires critics to poetic heights. Dan McClenaghan, reviewing her Prisoner of the Heart CD for this site, wrote: “she can belt it out to shake the walls down or caress a lyric like she's petting a cat." Goldmine admired her ability to go from a “fragile whisper" to a “riveting roar." Others use words like “soulfulness," “sass" and “spine-tingling," and compare her to everyone from Judy Garland and Etta James to Janis Joplin, Dusty ...

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Album Review

Mary Ann Redmond: Prisoner of the Heart

Read "Prisoner of the Heart" reviewed by Dave Nathan


Washington, D. C.'s Mary Ann Redmond must have been weaned on the albums of Aretha Franklin, Lee Dorsey, Gladys Knight (with and without the Pips) and other soul artists who claimed their place in the annals of American Popular Music during the 1960's and beyond. This urbanization of rhythm and blues eventually migrated into a pop oriented sound as all "new" musical styles seem to end up. The music became harder and tougher, relying on syncopated rhythms, raw vocals, and ...

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Album Review

Mary Ann Redmond: Prisoner of the Heart

Read "Prisoner of the Heart" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


It would be hard to find more soul on a current CD than you'll get on Mary Ann Redmond's Prisoner of the Heart. Maybe on Solomon Burke's latest, but that's about it. Redmond's voice is an awesome instrument; she can belt it out to shake the walls down ("Since I Fell for You") or caress a lyric like she's petting a cat (her original, “That is All"), on a set that sounds like something out of a late '60's Atlantic ...


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