”I have sung all my life and have recorded more than 30 albums during the years.
My heart has always been beating for jazz music and I feel like home when working on new jazz songs. Though I have recorded many cover songs I have found that writing my own songs and lyrics is a healing and almost spiritual process for me. It gives me a deep feeling of purpose and meaning.
I have often been asked why I don't do interviews, and I understand that it may be difficult to understand, but honestly I do not think it is important to listen to me
repeating my life story over and over again.
I believe that music is for the ears – not for the eyes!
I want to make my music available to everyone who likes jazz and my music in particular of course - but that does not mean that I AM available to everyone.
I know it sounds controversial in todays music industry and I realize that having this point of view requires my listeners to be present and actually listen without spending time on indifferent background knowledge about me and my life. I do not want people to listen to my songs because of promotion and stories about ME as a person – but because my songs move, uplift or touch something.
And that should be enough.
I am also often asked why I don't give concerts, but as a matter of fact I was on the concert road for 20 years until I decided to dedicate my time and energy to writing and recording music. This gives me the opportunity to dive deep into details and practice and develop my voice.
I really like the idea of making as much music as possible for as many people as possible and sharing on digital music platforms. This way my music is for everyone - and I can spend all my time on creating new songs.
For me music is not about business – it is about passion, love and creativity.
I think we need to stop being entertained by glitter, glamor, gossip and hunting down stars - and start opening our ears and hearts without watching, talking or reading at the same time. We need to concentrate, focus and be mindful about listening to music.
I also think that music and art is very important for peoples wellbeing in this world and I believe that those who are supposed to hear me will find me regardless."
Maria Emrik ♥
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