In the Shadow of Thy Wing
These are the songs I have grown up singing in church as a young girl. They are tied to the origins of what I consider to be the most important part of my life: my relationship with Christ. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to share with others what I hold so dear. This album is a culmination of everything that my gracious parents have allowed me to do. They have always encouraged me to be my best self and never settle for mediocrity. My wonderful, loving, and selfless sister helped me design the framework for this album. Her keen insight into Scripture guided my decisions on which hymns to include. She means more to me than I could ever express. "Mary Margaret May has been one of my best students since my arrival at MC in 2008. I became Mary Margaret's voice teacher during her junior year at MC, and since then, have seen her mature into an excellent singer, and a professional musician in both the classical and musical theatre genres. She has always committed herself completely to her work whether that be the musical production she is in at the moment, the opera scene she is preparing for, or her solo for Sundays at her church. One of Mary Margaret's signature trademarks is the total commitment of self to ALL that she is involved in. I believe that the release of her CD is a direct result of all of the hard work and growth she experienced through her undergraduate years at MC. The album is a collection of sacred songs that combines May's spiritual convictions with her sound knowledge of vocal technique and expression. I think this is the first successful project of many to come, and I am proud to have played a small part in helping her to this point in her career. " -Dr. Kristen Johnson, Director of Opera and Musical Productions at Mississippi College "Rossini once quipped, 'Opera is three things: voice, voice, and voice.' Though it would be idiotically arrogant for me to presume to take issue with the great Maestro's assessment, my own experience -- both good and bad -- has inclined me towards a somewhat broader description of what constitutes beautiful singing. In our day, as in ages past, great voices are a dime per dozen, but a great artist is a rare find, indeed. No vocal instrument, regardless of how beautiful it may be, will ever surpass the quality of the musical imagination driving it. No voice will penetrate more deeply into a listener's soul than the depths of it's own origin in the soul of the artist. No singer will convey the ineffable synthesis of word and note unless she first has communicated with the poet, with the composer, and even with her prospective audience. When Mary Margaret May sings, the young soprano serves up a musical feast seasoned with these three essential but exceptional qualities...not to mention the fact that she also delivers Rossini's prescribed triple-helping of voice!" -Patrick Perkins, Music Minister at First Presbyterian Church Yazoo City, MS.