Maria Johnston

Maria Johnston

BandJazzAdult Contemporary

I am a jazzy R&B adult contemporary singer with a soulful seductive sound

Biography

Maria Johnston is poised to become one of the most impressive artists to arise during the 21st century; but a diversely talented individual in her own right. She's praised for her elastic ability to move easily from Jazz to Ambient genres of music while often composing her own material. She's complimented for her ability to place herself into the lyrics she sings and respected for being one of the easiest artists with whom to work.

Maria has performed as a studio vocalist for several well-known artists including Digital Underground's Chopmaster J, Tupac and Mephisto Odyssey. The title track entitled “The Lift” off “The Lift EP” by Mephisto Odyssey hit #42 on the Billboard Dance Charts and continued to dominate the charts for several weeks charting higher than such artists as Gloria Estefan, Shannon and Tracie Spencer. Her sexy, soulful voice has earned her the title of “DIVA Vocalist” on the dance music scene. A true testament to this title, her material has been featured at the winter music conference and has been all the rage on the San Francisco dance scene.

Maria is no stranger to live performances. In 2003 she was the headliner for the “One World Beat” music festival, an event put on once a year by musicians all over the world to raise money for their favorite charities.

Touring under the band name “Jaheira” , Maria played to sold out shows at the Hard Rock Café in San Francisco and B.B. Kings Blues club in L.A, raising money for the Ronald McDonald house as well as local schools.

In 2008 Maria played leading roles in the Stockton Civic Theatre's productions of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and "The Full Monty". Maria will be continuing her work with the Stockton Civic Theatre through the 2008-2009 season.

Lyrics

Within My Heart I'll Always Have Room

Written By: William T. Jackson

If I were to ever move away from you
halfway, I would have to stop and wonder why.
because now when I'm with you, my emotions take me on an ultimate high
I never knew it could be humanly possible for me to love as strong as I love you

for you here within my heart,
I'll always have room
in fact can hardly wait to prove it to you again soon
let's take a ride to the moon
let me take you straight to the moon

when I daydream of holding you
chill manipulate my spine
that is how I know my wishes have come true.
I guess there's no surprise why
I'm hangin around you all the time
we both know it's such a delight.
I so greatful for you, I'm sending all my love to you

for you here within my heart I'll always have room in fact can hardly wait to prove it to you again soon
lets take a ride to the moon
(take me to the moon)
let me take you straight to the moon

Discography

Maria Johnston's Solo Debut CD "What A Woman Wants"

Mephisto Odyssey "The Lift EP" featured solo artist off the title Track "The Lift" (Warner Bros. Records)

"The Sheik and Frost-D" Solo guest vocalist "Shiekin"

Digital Underground- Back ground vocals

Set List

A typical set list includes two 45 minute sets of original material and some cover tunes..
Songs include:

Original Songs:

For You, I'd Do Anything
Mr. Blues
Obvious
What A Woman Wants
Within My Heart, I'll Always Have Room

Covers Songs:

Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
Do You Know What It Takes? - Robyn
Don't Know Why - Nora Jones
Black Horse and A Cherry Tree - KT Tungstall
Fresh - Kool and the Gang
Hotel California - Eagles
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
Nothing Can Come Between Us - Sade
Secret Smile - Semisonic
Sweet Love - Anita Baker
Sweet Thing - Chaka Khan
What You Want Do For Love - Bobby Caldwell
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye