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Growing Up - Mia Pinero Album Review

Rising American star Mia Pinero was part of Ivo van Hove's Broadway revival of West Side Story 2 years ago before the COVID pandemic struck. With the shut down meaning a time of re-charge Pinero headed back to her family home where she grew up and work began on her debut album Growing Up - her self-produced debut album.

Alongside co-producer, pianist, mixer and arranger Alex Thompson, Pinero set about to create a personal journey through music and having just her vocals alongside Thompson on the piano is quite powerful and allows for the listener to feel a microscopic glance at the heart that has gone into the album. 

Growing Up opens with Childish Gambino's Stand Tall. It beautifully sets the tone for the album. Pinero's vocals are delightful throughout. All I've Ever Known from Hadestown is the highlight of the album for me. It's gorgeously uplifting and full of soul.

The Nearness of You by Norah Jones follows before the Rogers and Hart song You're Nearer. Another delight in this chocolate box of excellent numbers is Pinero's take on John Mayer's Stop This Train. The combination of piano and Pinero's vocals is a marriage made in heaven. 

My Fair Lady's I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face before Children Will Listen/No One Is Alone, a duo of songs from Stephen Sondheim's Into The Woods proves Pinero's Broadway credentials with soaring vocal range effortlessly reaching every note.  

After the short track Do You Remember, the album's final track is another from the late great Stephen Sondheim with Growing Up from Merrily We Roll Along. This is a beautiful way to wrap up what is nearly 30 minutes of musical bliss. A hug in an album form.

Pinero is destined for big things and Growing Up is a milestone moment in her early career. An album full of heart and feeling. It's a magnificent release.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Growing Up is available to purchase or stream from wherever you get your music. You can find out more about Mia by visiting her website 

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