A jazz singer for over twenty years, Maria has settled in Scotland, working with the creme of Scottish musicians. Hailing from the Deep South, her rich, passionate vocal style has been flavoured by the influences of such vocalists as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Al Jarreau, Aretha Franklin, Diane Schuur, Gino Vannelli, Frank Sinatra, Shirley Horn, James Brown, Julie London, Peggy Lee, Mark Murphy, Annie Ross and Jon Hendricks.
Maria has worked with such great musicians as Colin Steele, David Patrick, George Watts, Carlos Cuevas (USA), Nick Gould, Kevin Glasgow, Eric Delaney, Jonny Copland, Steve Grossart, Paul Kirby, Gerry Haim, Pete Guscott, Erik Lars Hansen, Stewart Forbes, Keith Edwards, Tom Findlay, Ed Kelly, Jennifer Clark, Owen MacDonald, Gabriel Latchin, Ed Crowe, George King and Slawek Justynski.
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