Singer/Songwriter Maria Sebastian

Short Third-Person Bio for Press Releases: 

Maria Sebastian is most likely known for her versatility. She regularly plays folk, rock ('90s alternative and classic), classic country, and '80s/'90s pop music as well as her own original music. She has opened for dozens of national acts in various genres and has recorded with many of their members. She has earned 12 Buffalo / Nightlife Music Awards, a People’s Choice Award, a Buffalo Spree Album of the Year Award for Yellow Envelope, 2009, and three Global Music Awards, one for her performance on film producer (wrote the Batman Theme Song) Michael Z. Gordon's song "On the Run," produced with Nelson Starr (used in the 2015 remake of the film Narc) and most recently for two singles (each) on her upcoming disc "Be". Maria also won a NISOD Master Teacher Award in 2011 through Genesee Community College, and an Adjunct of the Year award at Niagara County Community College (2013), two schools she has taught undergraduate writing and public speaking for. She has had music placed in television and film (3 lbs., Narc (2015), Discovery Channel, Melrose Place, others), performs regularly in Buffalo, and has opened 8 times for Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, and 3 times for folk favorite Vance Gilbert. In 2011, Maria toured across the US with 10,000 Maniacs as a backing vocalist, and rhythm guitarist. Her 2009 CD, Yellow Envelope, has earned her praise among all it has been passed on to, including The Hudson Valley’s Freeman Online (“Sebastian has a great record on her hands here.”)  Maria's latest disc, "Be" recently won a silver medal from the Global Music Awards in the Album category (March, 2018) as well as two silver medals for singles "Be" and "I Do."  In 2018, Maria reunited with some of her former bandmates and peers from the mid-'90s to form "The Rock Show" -- a specialty show paying tribute to '80s and '90s music. She has done other tributes in recent years as well including her "Cline / Murray / Cash" full-band show playing songs by Patsy Cline, Anne Murray, and Roseanne Cash. This show was nominated by JazzBuffalo as a 2019 highlight after a nearly sold-out show at Hotel Henry. 2020: Maria's new indie rock collaboration with sound engineer and bassist Marc Hunt is now available on Bandcamp and soon available at your favorite distributor! See her "shows" page for more.

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"Be" is a Silver Medal Global Music Award Winner, 2016.

"Be" is a Silver Medal Global Music Award Winner, 2016.

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2009 - Buffalo Spree Magazine's Best of WNY for Yellow Envelope.

Buffalo Music Award: (Paused as Organization in 2010)
1993 - New Band -- Accent
1994 - Rock Band -- Accent
1995 - Female Rock Vocalist -- Sudden Urge
1996 - Female Rock Vocalist -- Sudden Urge
1996 - Rock Band -- Sudden Urge
1997 - Rock Band -- Sudden Urge
2003 - Solo Artist
2004 - Female Rock Vocalist -- Buffalo Rising
2008 - Original Acoustic Solo
2009 - Original Acoustic Solo
2010 - Original Acoustic Solo

Nightlife Music Award:
2010 - Original Acoustic Solo

2019 - JazzBuffalo Music Award Triple Category Nominee (Singer, Duo, Memorable Performance).

Western New York's People's Choice Award (Organized in 2004 Only):
2004 - Top Solo Artist

Global Music Awards:

2012 - For Singing Michael Z. Gordon's Song, "On the Run," Produced by Nelson Starr.

2016 - (September) For Title Track of  Forthcoming CD "Be," Produced by Nelson Starr.

2016 - (December)  For Second Single off "Be" Called "I Do," Produced by Nelson Starr.

2018 - (March) For Album "Be" (Silver Medal Award), Produced by Nelson Starr.

Winner: 2011 NISOD Master Teacher Award
Submitted by James J. Simon, Associate Dean, Genesee Community College at Medina

Winner: 2013 Niagara County Community College Adjunct of the Year

Photo: Aaron Winters, 2016, Tango Cafe, Rochester

Photo: Aaron Winters, 2016, Tango Cafe, Rochester