Maria Nickolay’s music seeks to illuminate stories of the soul through song. A voice laced with both smoke and silk, at turns clear and full of gravel, Maria infuses lyric and melody with a style that unites songs and sounds of the past, with current music. Her songwriting draws attention to the honest emotions and experiences we journey through which together become our story.
Before becoming a solo artist in her own right, Maria performed throughout Northern Minnesota in various bands with family and friends. Now after traveling back and forth across the sea, and living in Northern Ireland for 2 years, she has returned to her North Shore roots to continue writing and performing. Maria's connection with her audience is almost tangible as she has performed in Radio Waves Music Festival, Hovland Arts Festival, Fisherman's Picnic in Grand Marais, numerous restaurants and pubs, and on radio stations at home and abroad. Her unique sound comes from of a depth of musical genres; including Alternative Folk, Appalachian, Blues, Indie, Country, Traditional Irish, and even and little Rock n’ Roll. Every song she delivers she does so with honest emotion and a contagious passion for the sheer joy of making music.
Maria's debut album "Through the Ashes" was released in 2016. Since then she has continued writing and hopes to release a second album in the near future. Maria is currently playing live in local venues in the Cook County area. Click here to see if she is performing near you.