“Music is the universal language that brings people together. I choose beautiful and uplifting melodies with meaningful lyrics to tell a story. ” ~ 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 also studied classical piano. 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 performs regularly 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 is now receiving regular 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 latest recording. She is now working on her third album.
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 films, photography, graphic design, videography, ice-skating, dining and traveling.