My Romance features Maureen Christine and her “crystal clear” voice interpreting such Great American Standards as “Someone To Watch Over Me”, “The Nearness Of You”, “My Romance”, “Bewitched” and many more.
— G.K., The Pink Paper
“My Romance marks the singer’s first solo album for the LML Music lable. Critically acclaimed in her concert appearances, Ms. Christine’s voice has been described as “crystal clear” and that’s no exaggeration. Her renditions of great American songs on this CD clearly demonstrate her remarkable musical range. Listening to Ms. Christine sing songs such as Someone to Watch Over Me, Georgia, The Nearness Of You, I Only HAve Eyes for You, Since I Fell For You and That’s All, is pure joy. Ms. Christine is a young woman who sings with the souls of many great women singers before her. She is backed by a piano, tenor sax, bass and drums that complement her voice but never overshadow her superb phrasing or diction. Her next album is due in spring 2001, and I can’t wait.”
— The Tartan, reviewer J. Williamson
“For the first time ever, the McHenry County College Concert Hall was filled to capacity at Maureen Christine’s concert titled “My Romance” on Sunday February 11th at 3:00pm. And with good reason. An enthusiastic audience was in for a treat and they knew it. To hear wonderful standards from The Great American Songbook performed with such stylistic perfection by someone who knows how to sing them is a joyous occasion. Christine brought an interpretation to such great tunes as My Romance (The title song from her CD), Gershwin’s Someone To Watch Over Me, The Nearness Of You and Accentuate the Positive that was totally authentic to the period yet fresh and appealing to younger audiences members a bit unfamiliar with the genre. Her musical appeal seems to bridge the generation gap from the young to the “young at heart” alike. I am grateful to have been able to experience this young singer as I firmly believe she has a huge career ahead of her. I shall be happy to say “I knew her when!”
— Dave Nathan, All Music Guide (www.allmusic.com)
“AMG EXPERT REVIEW: Maureen Christine is very active musically in the Chicago area with gigs at jazz and cabaret clubs, engagements with Chicago based big bands and other various and sundry activities. While this is not her first album, it is her first with the LML label. She has what is usually called a musical comedy voice and style a la Julie Andrews allowing her to really blast out a tune as with “Georgia”. Her singing goes beyond discerning phrasing, good diction and staying in tune. She can be as emotional as anyone when delivering the words for the eight standards on the play list. The other tune, she wrote. Big band leaderFrank Mantooth is on piano and provides solid backing as does the soulful tenor of veteran Pete Christlieb which contrasts with Christine’s pristine voice. However, he and Christine connect on “I only Have Eyes for You”. But as the album moves from track to track, one realizes that everything is being played with the same pace, slow. There is no medium and up tempo material on this album at all and it’s sorely missed. A few rays of sunshine are needed to break up the dark mood created by the ballads. With Mantooth and Christlieb on site, including a swinger or two would have been a snap. Mantooth tries to break the mood with a chorus on “Someone to Watch over Me”. But once Christine returns, it gets solemn again. Christine has a fine voice, but she needs to mix up the play bill a little next time out.”
Maureen Christine is an award-winning vocalist who has enchanted audiences from Chicago to Europe with a voice "crystal clear, not a note or syllable wasted" (Bruce Kalver - Nostalgia Times Radio.) She has headlined at concert halls, cabaret and jazz…