With a name like Tanja Maritsa one might guess that the London based singer songwriter, has some exotic connections. Indeed they might be even more exotic than you first imagine....
Born to an English mother and Croatian father, Tanja spent the first five formidable years of her life living in Paris, France. It's no irony then that her first spoken words were spoken in the language of love - French! Her early years growing up in Paris were extremely vital to her development as an artist and as is evident from her new album 'Fragile', these images and sounds remain seared into her soul, and to this day are a vital part of her compositions.
However while Paris and the French culture are important, there have also been other influences on Tanja as an artist. Perhaps the most “instrumental” of these came from her mother :“My mother has a great voice and used to love anything from Puccini to Ella Fitzgerald and that's how I developed my passion for music'. However, despite success at an early age and catching the eye of musicians like Rick Wakeman, on the advice of her school teachers Tanja decided to pursue the sciences and moved away from London, yearning to return to her love of music, as soon as possible. A few years later, and back in the big city, fate took a hand when she met folk jazz teacher Colette Meury (teacher to many a famed singer: Beth Gibbons and Liz Frazer to name but a few) who recognized, and encouraged her talent and in 2005 Tanja formed her own jazz folk covers band with guitarist Paul Sogaard, performing in many venues, in and around London and New York
'Joni Mitchell, Dory Previn and Madeleine Peyroux fans will really love her! 'Blues and Soul Magazine
'A very talented songwriter,...an air of Blossom Dearie ' Stephen Duffy BBC Scotland Jazz House
A voice which deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as some of the greats, Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald Gareth Forman - Music Journalist
'A Timeless Emotive Voice' TimeOut
Beautiful Music !! Barbara Dickson
You have a lovely sound, Keep going strong Elkie Brooks
A unique and beautiful voice, Tanja Maritsa's Sultry tones are a welcome change Oskar Smith - Guitarist, Producer, Director of Orchestrand Ltd.