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Known professionally by just her first name, Maris Maddux-Ward is a singer/songwriter from Missoula, Montana who channels personal issues and heartache into eclectic, soulful, contemporary pop. Trained as a jazz singer and counting Amy Winehouse as one of her biggest influences, Maris uses music to deal with her inner struggles. She released her debut EP, Of Love & Rain, in October of 2015, followed by the self-recorded digital album Of the Sea in 2016, as well as the single "Liar." She gained a lot of new fans in 2017, when she guested on a rendition of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" by Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, a virally successful covers project. Maris' solo rendition of jazz standard "Fly Me to the Moon" also received attention on YouTube. She submitted "Liar" to the American Protegé talent competition and won first place, much to her surprise. She was then invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City for American Protegé's Winners Recital. ~ Paul Simpson

Missoula, MT
Sep 16, 1999

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