Show Description“It wasn’t just the unaffected clarity or refreshing timbre of her voice, nor her remarkable range that captured my imagination; it was the fearless integrity of her musical ideas.”
“It’s going to be difficult for her listeners to avoid finding her irresistibly charming.”
“Maria Neckam is the most spectacular discovery in the jazz universe of the first quarter of 2010.”
-With Music In My Mind
“It’s not often that a singer like Maria Neckam comes along. Blessed with a voice that she can set free as it flutters and streaks into stellar regions of music, Neckam is still able to keep it in control. She has a natural ability for heartbreaking emotion, in much the same way that Billie Holiday did.”
-All About Jazz
Hailed as a “valiant trailblazer” by JazzTimes and “a natural wonder” by Le Monde, Maria Neckam is emerging as one of the most original and innovative musicians on the East Coast, since moving to New York from Europe. “Neckam has crafted one of the most appealing, genre-crossing vocal albums to hit the street in 2010“, says All About Jazz about Deeper, her recently released Sunnyside debut, and “her voice has a hypnotic purity that has the potential to stop people dead in their tracks.”
Describing herself as an artist who uses her vocal technique and range to cross lines, Maria embraces her youthful energy when she rocks out, but always stays grounded in her musical savvy. Her compositions are diverse, combining elements of Electronic Pop, Rock and Jazz as well as Indian and Contemporary Classical music.
“Fortunately for listeners interested in bold originality, Maria Neckam has shaped that cyclonic mix of international influences into a sound and style as refreshing as Kat Edmonson, as idiosyncratic as Björk and often as outre as Patty Waters.” (JazzTimes). Maria's most recent album, Deeper, made the top 10 of 2010 in Le Monde, the largest newspaper in France, and on Something Else! Blog and was also the best “New Discovery” of 2010 on All About Jazz.