Maria Speight Line

BIOGRAPHY

"When Maria’s vocal comes in, the sheer quality of performance is underlined, with a heavy line."
Dave Arcari, Buzz Records

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Recently based in Scotland and now residing again in the United States
(Alabama in America's Deep South-the cradle of jazz music!) Maria's
singing evokes excitement. She is blessed with a genuine richness in her
vocal delivery, pouring her heart into the delicate rendition of every song.

Her career is rich and varied, marked by stellar performances in the US,
the UK and Europe.

Maria is the complete singer; it has long been her signature. Since coming to music, she has devoted herself to becoming a singer of good grace and impeccable taste-an improvisational singer, a purveyor of exquisite delivery amongst the timeless American Songbook classics, but not frightened to take flight over the most complex jazz improvisations, or delving into the heart of latin, blues or rock to rubber stamp and seal an extraordinary vocal performance. Her voice is an instrument in it's own right!

She is a rare beast amongst vocalists...who thinks like a musician, not just a singer. And she loves the interplay of language and jazz as well, bringing a myriad of colour and brightness, melancholy and regret to her encyclopaedic range of work.

She has an unwavering devotion to her craft and tellingly, as she reaches into the next chapter of her performing life, she lets each haunting refrain tell the tale with as much potent power today as
she did back in the days of those long Alabama summers.....

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