A few weeks ago I played on a triple bill with Bibi Farber and Maria Sebastian who sings 'falling out of love ain't as easy as falling in but you're pretty good at it!' What a great line! ! If you haven't heard her cd, 'Yellow Envelope' please do: Made me proud to be a 'singer-songwriter' an icky sweet term...we kick ass. Pure sweet inspiration.”

'90s Alt Rock Star Patti Rothberg

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. Before their first show, their rehearsal video received nearly five thousand views as friends and fans built up excitement for the reunion. She has done other tributes in recent years as well. See her "shows" page for more and visit The Rock Show's facebook page for more!

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  1. 1 I Do (2016 Global Music Award Winner) 04:13
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  2. 2 Be (Global Music Award Winner From Upcoming CD "Be" -- 2016) 03:03
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  3. 3 Now (From CD: Yellow Envelope) 03:18
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  4. 4 Let Her Go (For Our First Responders) (From CD: Truth Gets the Front of the Line) 04:01
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  5. 5 There...I Said It (From CD: Truth Gets the Front of the Line) 04:21
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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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Photo: Aaron Winters, 2016, Tango Cafe, Rochester

Photo: Aaron Winters, 2016, Tango Cafe, Rochester

I came out of my dressing room like, 'Who's that?!' I knew she was put here to sing that song.”

— Folk Favorite Vance Gilbert

Photo: Bob Mussell, 2001

Photo: Bob Mussell, 2001

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Maria's writing is both spooky and bold, and the sound of her voice will make you leave your comfortable bed and go sleep in the woods. She haunts you like that.”

— Author/Filmmaker Joel Gardner (Son of John Gardner)