Maria Sebastian

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Buffalo-based Singer / Songwriter Maria Sebastian is mostly known for her versatility playing indie folk, alternative rock, classic country / Americana, American songbook/  pop / and jazz, as well as her own original music as a singer/songwriter. She has released 9 CDs and opened for dozens of international acts in various genres. She has also recorded with many of their members, most notably writing, recording, and performing from 1996-2001 with famed Steve Miller Band (others) drummer Gary Mallaber and ex Red Hot Chili Pepper guitarist Jack Sherman. She has earned 18 Buffalo and international music awards and has had music placed in television and film. Maria has opened 8 times for Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, and 3 times for folk favorite Vance Gilbert, and in 2010/11, she toured parts of 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 Daily Freeman (“Sebastian has a great record on her hands here.”) Maria's favorite new recordings come from an indie rock collaboration with sound engineer and bassist Marc Hunt, now available on Bandcamp and available at your favorite distributor under the name Adam Insult & The Injuries. Maria was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame in 2021. Visit for more.

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)


I wish you had opened for me last night! I love your voice.”

Roger McGuinn (The Byrds)