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Saara Maria

by Saara Maria

Saara Maria's vibrant, vintage style captures the feel of island music and the Andrews Sisters, while delivering lyrical depth and solid pop hooks equivalent of contemporaries Corinne Bailey Ray and Colbie Caillat.
Genre: Pop: California Pop
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1. Come Round My Way
3:58 $0.99
2. Set Me Free
3:33 $0.99
3. Into You
3:20 $0.99
4. Lean On Me
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5. Rum and Coca Cola
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6. Dark Owl Night
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Budding singer songwriter Saara Maria is originally from Finland. Still only in her twenties, Saara Maria’s lyrical depth displays the essence of a long and eventful life, and this is probably because of the intense journey she has been on since age 7. In Saara’s own words:

“I grew up in a musical family; both my parents were musicians. My Mom raised me, and we traveled a lot around Eastern Europe. When I was 11, we moved to Baltimore, and the challenges I faced in this new culture were what ignited my passion for writing poetry. Unrooted from my home at such an early age, I learned to cope in new circumstances, and writing poems and lyrics was my only constant. As a teenager, I had to make my own way, and found refuge among artists and free spirits like myself.

“When I was 22, I moved to North Carolina and started performing at open mics, singing funk and jazz, which are big influences of mine. After some time in NC, I took a train to Northern California. Living there opened my mind to new realities, and I joined a band called Joomanji, as a vocalist. I learned so much from performing and recording with them. Their sound married two musical worlds that deeply resonated with me, jazz and hip hop.

“When the band split, I decided to go to Hawaii, and little did I know, my short visit there would change my life forever. I discovered, and fell in love with, the ukelele. Coming back to the Mainland, I realized I had nothing left to lose. I decided to open my soul, and started busking on the streets, just me and my ukelele. I bought a van with my last dollars, and started the long journey back home, to surprise my Mom for Mother’s Day. I had really missed her and my three sisters… It was time to head back.

“It was during those long days and nights in the van, stopping in different towns, meeting interesting people along the way, that the songs started coming to me. For the first time, I was writing an album of original music, and it was coming straight from my heart. I was Busking My Way Back Home.”

After a year back in Baltimore, Saara Maria began collaborating with renowned songwriter/producer, Scott Smith, at The Wood and Stone Room, to record these songs from her journey. Their creative energies ignited a fresh, soulful, completely original sound, based in the authentic story-telling style that Saara has attained through her relentless soul searching. Saara Maria plans to release them on an EP in late 2014.

While her peers will relate to that worldly wisdom she effortlessly displays in her lyrics, Saara Maria’s music will assuredly transcend age groups, simply for the fact that she is an artist with more than just talent and an interesting story. There is something reminiscent of 1960’s soul singers and the harmonies of the 1930’s in her style. It’s as if she’s an old soul, but with a brand new story to tell.



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