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Maria Sebastian

Short Third-Person Bio for Press Releases:

Maria Sebastian is most likely known for her versatility. She has opened for dozens of national acts in various genres and has recorded with many of their members. She has earned 12 Buffalo / Nightlife Music Awards, a People’s Choice Award, a Buffalo Spree Album of the Year Award for Yellow Envelope, 2009, and 3 Global Music Awards, one for her performance on film producer Michael Z. Gordon's song "On the Run," produced with Nelson Starr (used in the 2015 remake of the film Narc) and most recently for two singles (each) on her upcoming disc "Be". Maria also won a NISOD Master Teacher Award in 2011 through Genesee Community College, and an Adjunct of the Year award at Niagara County Community College (2013), two schools she has taught undergraduate writing and public speaking for. Maria also taught a music business overview course in the music program at Villa Maria College and hosted songwriting workshops there. She has had music placed in television and film (3 lbs., Narc (2015), Discovery Channel, Melrose Place, others), performs regularly in Buffalo, and has opened 8 times for Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, and 3 times for folk favorite Vance Gilbert. In 2011, Maria toured across the US with 10,000 Maniacs as a backing vocalist, and rhythm guitarist. Her 2009 CD, Yellow Envelope, has earned her praise among all it has been passed on to, including The Hudson Valley’s Freeman Online (“Sebastian has a great record on her hands here.”) Maria is currently finalizing her forthcoming CD "Be" produced with Nelson Starr.

Long(er) Third-Person Bio for Press Releases:

Maria Sebastian is most likely known for her versatility. She began performing live while in high school on Buffalo's West Side (she played Roxy Hart in Chicago, among other roles). At 17, she joined the house band at the former Club Utica--a renowned country/roots/Americana club in its prime. She later performed in various local rock bands and as a solo singer/songwriter, while writing and recording with 1996-born original band (later named In From the Cold) based in Buffalo and Los Angeles. The group featured world-class drummer Gary Mallaber (Steve Miller Band, Van Morrison) and ex-Red Hot Chili Pepper guitarist Jack Sherman. Their unique Pop/Rock songs were used in television and film (clients to date include CBS--Melrose Place, 3 lbs; Discovery Channel; M.O.W.E. Productions--Narc (2015), others; and Hoggard Films).

Independently, Maria has recorded five (soon-to-be six) CDs since In From the Cold. With Yellow Envelope, the Hudson Valley's Freeman Online says she has a "great record on her hands." "Yellow Envelope," the title track, came from a song her father wrote on an envelope and sent to her mother who waited for him through various stages of his complicated life. The rest of the disc explores stories about ghosts ("Snow"), women who would consider jail time a break ("Happily"), and themes about love, the eternal topic.

In 2004, Maria earned an M.A. in English / Media Studies from the University at Buffalo. She currently teaches undergraduate English winning a NISOD Master Teacher Award in 2011, and an Adjunct of the Year award in 2013. She has hosted songwriting workshops, open mics, and poetry readings, and earned 14 WNY music awards to date, along with 3 Global Music Awards, one for her performance on hit songwriter Michael Z. Gordon's song "On the Run," produced with Nelson Starr (used in the second Narc movie, 2015), and one each for two singles off her forthcoming CD, "Be," again produced by Nelson Starr.

Maria has shared shows with many diverse acts listed in the column at right and is credited on many other recordings by Warner Brothers' Alan Kroll, Adsongs Jingles (Ken Kauffman), Terry Buchwald, The Skeptics, Bass Reeves, Valerian Ruminski, Rich Militello, Michael Z. Gordon, and Jim Yoemans. For a time, she was part of the Morvels R&B Soul Revue Schoellkopf Singers, and most recently has added backing vocals and rhythm guitar to some 10,000 Maniacs shows (she toured with them in the spring and summer of 2011 for their 30th anniversary celebration). In the '90s, Maria was involved in Bob James' "War is Over" project for charity as well as singing tracks for local efforts in response to the 9/11 attacks. She performed with her band for the Chip McCarthy and Jonathan Croom benefit (two firefighters who were lost in 2009, inspiring her song "Let Her Go"). For two recent years, Maria was co-host of the Lewiston Arts Cafe Poetry and Music Series sponsored by Just Buffalo and the Lewiston Council on the Arts.

Maria is currently putting together her forthcoming (2017) CD "Be". She also has a lounge trio with Grizanti and Ron Davis (sometimes with David "The Waz" Wasik on drums) playing shows in the Buffalo area, she has a tribute band currently booked (and booking) shows in Buffalo and Rochester celebrating the music of Patsy Cline, Anne Murray, and Roseanne Cash, and she tours whenever possible with husband / poet Perry Nicholas playing intimate listening rooms across the northeast. Come September, 2017, she will host The Screening Room Third Wednesday Poetry and Music Series for one year, through June 2018. See the poetry link for more info on that and her new poetry book, The Stoppies. One other upcoming plan (2018) is to play one or two shows with former rock bandmates from the '90s to, "Get some old rock songs out of our systems--a guilty-pleasure show just for fun." Watch for The Rock Show. Details to come.


2009 - Buffalo Spree Magazine's Best of WNY for Yellow Envelope.

Buffalo Music Award: (Paused as Organization in 2010)
1993 - New Band
1994 - Rock Band
1995 - Female Rock Vocalist
1996 - Female Rock Vocalist
1996 - Rock Band
1997 - Rock Band
2003 - Solo Artist
2004 - Female Rock Vocalist
2008 - Original Acoustic Solo
2009 - Original Acoustic Solo
2010 - Original Acoustic Solo

Nightlife Music Award:
2010 - Original Acoustic Solo

Western New York's People's Choice Award (Organized in 2004 Only):
2004 - Top Solo Artist

Global Music Award:
2012 - For Singing Michael Z. Gordon's Song, "On the Run," Produced by Nelson Starr.
2016 - (September) For Title Track of Forthcoming CD "Be," Produced by Nelson Starr.
2016 - (December) For Second Single off "Be" Called "I Do," Produced by Nelson Starr.

Winner: 2011 NISOD Master Teacher Award
Submitted by James J. Simon, Associate Dean, Genesee Community College at Medina

Winner: 2013 Niagara County Community College Adjunct of the Year