Maria DeMaio

Maria DeMaio

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

"Combining the best elements of Norah Jones, Tori Amos, and Sarah McLachlan... DeMaio proves herself quite the frontwoman."

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Biography

Start with the sultry delivery of Fiona Apple, add equal parts soul of indie rock, and a dash of pop…shake well and you’ve got all the motivation you need to check out Maria DeMaio’s tasty debut cd.

The Boston based singer-songwriter has been performing since the age of three, when she belted out an impromptu version of Robert Palmer’s “Bad Case of Loving You” from her car seat. She has since forged a name for herself, winning over audiences at such staples as New York City’s The Bitter End and Boston’s Lizard Lounge with her one-two punch of refreshing songwriting and a powerhouse voice that has been called both “haunting” and “quietly scintillating.”

DeMaio, along with her band “The Fellas” fuse the catchiness of pop and the raw emotion of blues into a seamless blend that conjures shades of the top artists of the past 30 years. She combines her soulful delivery with intensely personal songwriting that is steeped in intent and sincerity, a winning recipe that earned her a nomination for Best International Pop CD Album by Toronto Exclusive Magazine and a finalist slot in the international Song of the Year contest, supporting VH1’s Save the Music.

DeMaio teamed up with producer Billy Conway (Morphine, Twinemen, Dennis Brennan) to record her self-titled debut cd at the legendary Hi-N-Dry studios in Somerville, MA. The CD is packed with songs that are as catchy as they are clever, demonstrating that pop can break free of its cookie cutter roots. Backed by an ever-increasing fan base, Maria DeMaio is well on her way to showing us just how far her sound can go.

Lyrics

Her Side

Written By: Maria DeMaio

She's wishing she'd wake up feeling like she'd never fallen in love.
Nothing compelling her dwelling, no one to be thinking of.

He's a child of his surroundings he's a sidewalk manicured tree.
Discarding all she tells him he could grow to be.

Chorus
You don't have to know right now,
But you're the one who opened up the door.
What a silly way to live.
All alone and afraid to give.

He draws the line, says he's on her side.

And so it goes it decomposes and they grow apart.
Untouchable paragons of love right from the very start.

Chorus

Eleanor

Written By: Maria DeMaio

Eleanor waits for a sign.
Been sittin' on a box of illusions for a while.
And she smiles and she cries and she can't make up her mind.
They say she'd be better off if she just could unwind.

She paints a picture
Colors to be if only she'd make a move
But she's still on the line givin' it time.

Eleanor hates not to be right
Illuminating the path up ahead like a blinding light.
And she pauses to ponder the perils of her plight.
How could she turn herself left all alone if it might be right?

She paints a picture
Colors to be if only she'd make a move
But she's still on the line.

She's blind inside but she feels it
She know's there's something more waiting for her but she don't know where to look for it.
If she'd comply that she needs it and just open the door.

Swell

Written By: Maria DeMaio

She's doin well riding on the wake of my watering eyes.
Higher than hell....well isn't that swell.

I did my part painting iterations of the plot.
And looking down from above she took her shot.

Turning it all back to you.
The panes inside your world too thick and blurred to look through.

Luring it out coax it to the edge high above the ground.
And when it falls kick it when it's down.

Turning it all back to you.
The panes inside your world too thick and blurred to look through.
Turning it all back to you.
My palette pales to all the red that you see through.

And everybody wants to steam all the waves in me.
And everybody tells me that will be just fine.
And everybody wants to steam all the waves in me.
But I'd rather weather mine.

She'd doin well riding on the wake of my watering eyes.
Higher than hell.... well isn't that swell.

Beyond the Pale

Written By: Maria DeMaio

It's a day of taking turns
In my tied up troubled times
I can't find no reason to stay here where I've been
Hanging out and waiting for somebody else to make it right

It's a messed up set of rules
You play you stay between the lines
They worry that somebody gonna come and pull the sheet from their hands
And tear it up because it's all just a mess of lies

Can you find me
Out beyond the pale
Can you find me

And I'm feeling lighter now
Less the paralyzing fear
That holds you and folds you right back into line
Makes you numb from all that you hold dear

Can you find me
Out beyond the pale
Can you find me
Come on now make it right

Champagne & Cigarettes

Written By: Maria DeMaio

Drop me softly into the water
Let it carry me down
Cold the water, cold my heart, and cold this room by myself

Champagn & cigarrettes
Smoking our regrets one by one
Should you stay tonight maybe we'll erase what went wrong

Feel the walls all around me
And I'm trying to feel my way out
Warm the embers, warm my tears and, warm your breath in my mouth

Currents are spiraling will I hit ground with these magnets and compasses what have I found

Champagne & cigarettes we're smoking our regrets one by one
Should you stay tonight maybe we'll erase what went wrong.

Further Behind

Written By: Maria DeMaio

It's never enough
I just can't compete
Measuring up what I am and what I could be

And as they stake out their lives
I'm falling further behind
And if I just can't keep up
Will you still be here with me

Giving it up
I fall into formation
It's easy enough, but a lie

Knowing I staked out my life
So I wouldn't fall further behind
And if I never give up
Will you just be here with me

In My Head

Written By: Maria DeMaio

So many nights I close my eyes
Fall into a world of you
Restless, the days they linger till I can go hide away with you

And I know it’s all in my head, make believe
But I close my eyes, can you feel me
Standing on the step to reach your mouth
Lulling me to sleep with your soft melody
We used to do

Don’t get me wrong I wish that I could find a way to seize the day
But something inside I can’t deny pulls me in to feel this way

And I know it’s all in my head, make believe
But I close my eyes, can you feel me
Hovering above just out of reach
Weaving in and out of me these memories

I can’t control this
I’m spinning out
Help me control this
Help me let go

And I know it’s all in my head make believe

Fine Line

Written By: Maria DeMaio

Don’t make me say forever
I just got whispering today
So why do we stay together
It’s a fine line

I question the wisdom of ages
History playing out again
I think of my life in stages
And it’s a fine line

Oh don’t you go
I can explain
Please don’t you go

And when the night is over
I haven’t wound my way closer to the truth
I’m pressed up against the threshold
And it’s a fine line

Oh don’t you go
I can explain
Please don’t you go

Don’t make me say forever
I just got whispering today
So why do we stay together
It’s a fine line

Discography

Maria DeMaio (self-titled release)
Year: 2007
Produced by: Billy Conway at Hi-n-Dry Studios in Cambridge, MA & the band
Recorded by: Jabe Beyer
Mixed by: Matt Malikowski
Mastered by: Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering

Maria's tracks have been played on:
XM Radio's Unsigned
WXRV 92,5 The River FM, Boston, MA
WFNX 101.7 FM, Boston, MA
WMFO 91.5 FM, Boston, MA
WERS 88.9 FM, Boston, MA
WMVY 92.7 FM, Vineyard Haven, MA
WWSU 106.9, Dayton, Ohio
Live 365.com, Women of the 90s
Exploit Radio Boston, MA

Set List

Set length: between 1 - 3 hrs. of original music + a few covers

Originals:
Her Side
Beyond the Pale
Champagne & Cigarettes
Swell
Further Behind
In My Head
Eleanor
Fine Line
Unglued
All Night
Sweet Lorraine
Broke
Lay Back
Depth of Me
Bubblegum Song

Covers:
Cry Baby Cry (Beatles)
Can't Find My Way Home (Blind Faith)
Chuck E's in Love (Rickie Lee Jones)
Independence Day (Eliot Smith)
Love Me Like a Man (Bonnie Raitt)
Give it Up or Let Me Go (Bonnie Raitt)
Little By Little (Junior Wells)
Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (standard)