On her fourth album, 'Dreams & Visions', Mary-Kathryn blends elements of soft pop, rock and folk with world music influences as diverse as the continents to create a spiritual amalgam that transcends musical boundaries. Sophisticated without being elitist, understated without being simplistic, Mary-Kathryn displays an emotional depth that can only be described as remarkable. The album features appearances by Hugh Marsh on Violin and Fergus Marsh on Chapman Stick & Bass, Tony Morra on Drums & Percussion, and the Finnish vocal group Fire 4U. The CD was co-produced by Paul Buono and Mary-Kathryn and mixed by Tony Palacios.
I love it when things come together. And they come together in a big way in this album: shining vocals and superb instrumentation; soul and new age and adult pop; Mary-Kathryn's Christian upbringing and her appreciation for all of the world's religious and spiritual traditions. Immensely listenable, the melodies are both light and deep. In instrumentation, the keyboards and piano are strong, backed by acoustic and electric guitar and sitar, bass, Chapman stick and drums. The first cut, Incense of Praise, celebrates the greatness of all religions, followed by You Are There wherever you go, you and the Holy Spirit. In Dreamers, the Mary-Kathryn addresses our need for men and women of vision in our day. The tune Psalm 91 has backing angel voices by the Finnish group Fire 4U. Mary-Kathryn plays piano on two of her original tunes, In Your Time and Flying Toward the Sun. Eve of Your Return looks with hope to the future, and the final cut, Glory Forever, is done in the spirit of worship with a large choir in the background. --The Light Connection
Mary-Kathryn is a unique voice in the popular and rapidly-growing New Age/New Thought movement. She is one of today s few musical artists to sing deeply spiritual lyrics over a world music-influenced sound that also includes elements of new age and adult pop. Mary-Kathryn has built a loyal following that appreciates her gentle yet passionate vocals, the mysticism of her music and the prophetic nature of her lyrics which have a broad-based sacredness to them. --Celestopea Times
Mary-Kathryn is one of the few artists moving comfortably between the Christian market and the Adult Eclectic market, otherwise known as the commercial world of New Age. I imagine it s not an easy path, as her sound is possibly New Age-y enough to offend some Christians, and her lyrics, while not always overt, definitely come across as Christian and even are straight-up Scripture at times, probably too spiritual for New Agers. But it s where she believes she has been directed, and Dreams & Visions is her fourth offering along those lines, a unique blend of soft pop, folk and world music with strong spiritual overtones. --Crosswalk