“Music is the universal language that brings people together. Music is medicine for the soul. The vocalist brings life by telling a story through lyrics to caress the melody. ” ~ Maria
With a smile in her voice, her impeccable articulation and precise diction captivate audiences through a musical breeze of swinging standards, Brazilian rhythms and romantic ballads. Inspired by Nat King Cole, Freddie Cole, Marc Jordan, Ella Fitzgerald, Karrin Allyson and Nancy Wilson, her spellbinding stage presence will uplift your mind and brighten your day. Maria treats every song like a painting, drawing from her own experiences and interpretations of these timeless songs to engage with the listener.
Maria always loved music and was involved in music at a very young age. Singing in every school choir, she studied classical piano for many years. After graduating from The University of British Columbia, her passion and curiosity for jazz led her to further studies in vocal training and jazz theory through private lessons, vocal workshops and master classes.
Maria is a recording artist, vocalist and band leader who has performed at grand openings, receptions, festivals, customer appreciation and recognition events. Whether as a duo, trio, quartet or quintet, she performed at The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, BC Children’s Hospital, Jazz Vespers, BC Hospitality Foundation, the Vancouver Christmas Market and special events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics celebration at Robson Square.
Maria has recorded with Richie Cole, Warren Vaché, George Robert, Torben Oxbol, Krishna Booker, Ian McDougall and Phil Dwyer. Her début album Where or When consists of 13 songs, each one arranged by Torben Oxbol. The songs are receiving airplay on The Penthouse Radio in New York. “Just a Touch” was chosen as bumper music on Coast to Coast AM. Songs from the début album were also featured on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, CBC Radio across Canada, DR P1 and DR P8 Jazz in Denmark. The album is also featured Saturday mornings on KUVO in Denver.
From nearly 2,000 artists, “Where or When” was selected for Amazon MP3 U.S. – the TuneCore artist compilation The Power of Independence: Volume 2, and “Little Boat/Day By Day” was chosen for Valentine’s 2013: Volume 2.
In December 2013, Maria recorded “The Christmas Song” which was heard on Denmark DR P1 Radio, KUVO in Denver and CBC Radio One during the week of Christmas.
In March and May 2014, she was chosen as one of five top vocalists in the “Best Vocalist of the Month” Competition, SingerUniverse, Los Angeles. In June, Maria was interviewed by Fairchild TV and AM 1470, and in July, by Erik Troe, host of Jazz Caravan on KUVO, followed by a sold-out performance at Dazzle Jazz in Denver.
Her second album Smile has received rotation airplay in Denver and New York. “September in the Rain” was chosen on July 3, 2015 for All About Jazz – Download of the Day. In August 2015, she recorded a radio station identification for KUVO/KVJZ Denver, followed by an interview on Saturday’s Breakfast Jazz to talk about her second album,
Maria has just released her third album As Time Goes By (2018) with special guests Campbell Ryga, Seamus Blake, Torben Oxbol, Phil Dwyer and Lionel Young. This new album consists of timeless gems and enduring classics by Johnny Mandel, Michel Legrand, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Johnny Mercer and Burt Bacharach.
The release of As Time Goes By coincided with the invitation to perform at the Five Points Jazz Festival in Denver. In May 2018, she was interviewed by Rodney Franks at KUVO in Denver to talk about her new album and her performance at the festival. Following a rehearsal at the Phyllis A. Greer Performance Studio, she gave a live performance with her quintet on The Main Stage of The Five Points Jazz Festival with special guest Richie Cole, along with Jeff Jenkins, Paul Romaine and Bijoux Barbosa.
Maria’s music was recently heard in Italy by Francesco Sorrenti, Artistic Director and by Gianni Ephrikian, Orchestral Composer and Conductor who are interested in working with Maria on new music projects. Maria looks forward to working with them. She will be joining them in Los Angeles and Italy to work on these projects.
Maria is drawn to the Great American Songbook for its beautiful and timeless melodies with witty, intelligent and subtle lyrics. Some of her favourite composers and lyricists include Rodgers and Hart, the Gershwins, Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini, Jerome Kern, Alan and Marilyn Bergman and Antonio Carlos Jobim. These are timeless songs written by some of the greatest composers of our time. It is vital to keep the beauty of this art form alive.
Maria served as Vice-Chair of Audio Engineering Society (AES) – Vancouver Section, 2013-2016, and enjoys photography, graphic design, videography, movies, ice-skating, dining and traveling.