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Born to musical parents in an international alternative community, Maria Lua was exposed to music from an early age. She learned to sing and write songs from her mother and to play keyboard and guitar from her father. And she picked up the art of "jamming", or musical communication, from both parents. But it was when she was 17 that Maria began to take music seriously when she wrote her first song. This sparked a deep desire in her to express her art to the world, and so she jumped on an airplane headed for the bright lights and foggy skies of London, UK, never to set foot back in her homeland of south east Africa for another 12 years.
Whilst in London Maria tried her hand at busking, performing live, playing at open mic nights, and recording her own music at home. During this time she sang and played bass and rhythm guitar in folk-rock band The Empties, along side her siblings.
In the summer of 2010 Maria Lua left The Empties to form cosmic folk band Mars Music with her fiancé Mark Jansen Ketelaars. With Maria on vocals, keyboards and guitar, and Mark on bass and sound production, Mars Music began playing actively on the London circuit and attracted another addition to the band - Phil Wheeler, an exceptional and talented guitarist and songwriter. Mars Music enjoyed performing at a wide variety of events, most notably the Crisis Christmas charity gig for the homeless on Christmas day 2010, the Limetree Festival in the summer of 2011, and numerous times at The Monto Water Rats in King’s Cross, London throughout 2011.
By the time spring arrived in 2012 Maria Lua had decided to take time out from her "day job" as an Database Consultant and begin pursuing her solo career as a singer/songwriter, with Mark and Phil still playing alongside her as her supporting band. With her music reflecting many years of songwriting and a lifetime of exposure to using music as a creative expression of the soul, she naturally gravitated towards playing at spiritual-conscious establishments such as Alchemy the Centre, The Wild Food Cafe, and on the many detox health retreats she attended during this time. Her formula for a successful performance was formed: "Good food = a good performance and an awesome energetic audience!"
After playing for many people and listening to feedback over the years it became clear to Maria which songs really resonated with her audiences, and therefore needed to be professionally recorded. At the end of 2012 Maria and her band descended on professional recording studio Shrunken Heads Studios in Nunhead, south London, to record 4 songs for her upcoming EP "Free Spirit".
Now in 2013, with all 4 songs fully recorded and mastered Maria is focusing on building up the package around the music with her own original artwork, videos and collaborations with like-minded musicians and creatives in preparation for her launch gig. This creative package is offered as an uplifting self-help tool for her tribe of inspired entrepreneurs, new-age hippy's, whole-food yoga lovers, and free-thinkers around the world.
She has released one song as a single ahead of the full EP release - "Fy"
"Fly is one of the most uplifting and melodic songs on the EP, and I just couldn't keep it to myself any longer. It literally flew out of my hands!" - Maria Lua
You can download this song FREE from http://www.revebnation.com/marialuamusic.
And watch the Youtube video here: http://youtu.be/JSlXcRzc8Ug
"Maria's music is a beautiful blend of sense and sound, nuance and notes, expression and emotion. It may be because I'm a wordsmith that this is what I notice. Whatever the reason, this is music speaks to my heart." Elaine Hopkins (The Redundancy Crusader)