Maria Howell, singer and actress, recently featured in the film “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, and the ABC TV series "Revolution", first hit the national scene in a big way in the movie, “The Color Purple“, when she was the featured choir soloist in the film's climatic scene. As a vocalist, she has opened for the late Ray Charles, and performed with Nancy Wilson, George Benson, and Jeffrey Osborne, to name a few. Maria is well remembered in her early years in Charlotte, NC as the long-time featured vocalist at Jonathan’s Jazz Cellar in downtown Charlotte.
In addition to singing, she has previously starred in TV’s “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles“, produced by George Lucas, and on the stage in Langston Hughes’ “Tambourines To Glory“. Also, she has worked with producer Tyler Perry in the film Daddy’s Little Girl’s, and in his TV sitcoms “Meet The Browns” and “House of Payne” (TBS). Other credits include films “The Blind Side” (Sandra Bullock), “Field of Vision” (NBC TV), and the 2012 film “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” (Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock).
Having toured and lived Japan, she is now based in Atlanta where she performs regularly. She has released several successful CD’s, all available on iTunes, Amazon, and through her website at www.mariahowell.com.
With Charlotte writer/producer Bill Bradford (Spirit Records), she has recorded a number of singles, including the haunting “Let You Go”, which was re-mixed into a club favorite by Munich, Germany producer Fabian Wondrak, and her Billboard Holiday Single Pick, "What Does Christmas Mean To You". All of her Spirit releases can be found on her “Soul” CD (iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby).
A Gastonia, NC native and graduate of Winston-Salem State University, Maria balances her singing and acting career with community service in the Atlanta area.