Maria Emrik, born in Denmark.
For as long as I can remember, music has been the most important thing in my life. Since I was a little girl I adored listening to all kinds of music on my parent's record player.
I listened to everything from Beatles and Elvis toopera and classical music. But my all time favorites were the wonderful tones from the American jazz songbook, especially when performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Julie London.
At the age of 15 I became the lead singer in a well established jazz band. These much older, grown men also showed me the beauty of Bossa Nova and convinced me of the fact that I – despite my young age – had a real jazz talent