With a velveteen voice, charmingly straightforward delivery, and nuanced rhythmic sensibilities, versatile singer Maria Schafer enjoys presenting lyrical gems from the realms of jazz standards, Brazilian music, and pop tunes in beautifully modern arrangements. Currently touring as the featured vocalist with The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, Ms. Schafer has enjoyed the opportunity to perform for audiences across the United States, Canada, Australia, Latvia, and Japan.
As a recording artist, Ms. Schafer can be heard as a featured vocalist on albums So Right... from The James Kob Experience, Living In The Question from sax player Eric Hirschhorn, and Singin' In The Rain and Imagine, both from vocal jazz group Singcopation. Maria has been awarded Outstanding Soloist Awards at the Next Generation Jazz Festival and Reno Jazz Festival, and for 4 consecutive years served as a leading member of vocal jazz groups which won Downbeat Student Awards for Best Vocal Jazz Ensemble or Outstanding Performance.
“...teams with warm strings for Schafer’s upbeat voice on “Because of You” and she
is winsome with percussion and Sprague’s soprano on “So Right.” There’s a pastoral
beauty on “When We Dream” while some folksy pedal steel guitar by Rick Schmidt
gives an indie Nashville feel for Schafer on “You Belong To Me”.” - George W. Harris,
“In addition to sharing his expansive musical vision, the collection doubles as a
wondrous showcase for the warm and sensuous vocal talents of featured singer
Maria Schafer.” - Jonathan Widran, SmoothJazz.com
“Vocalist Maria Schafer is a work of art - her voice is the Messenger that James
wanted to bring life to his words