Maria Howell, currently featured in ABC-TV’s “Revolution” series, and in the film “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, first hit the national scene in a big way in the movie “The Color Purple“, when she was the featured choir soloist in a major scene in that film. Since then 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.
She has become an accomplished actress, previously starring 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 of late include “The Blind Side” (Sandra Bullock), “Field of Vision” (NBC), and the upcoming 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 through her website at www.mariahowell.com and on iTunes.
For Charlotte’s pop/soul label, Spirit Records, she has recorded a number of singles, including the haunting “Let You Go” (iTunes, CD Baby), which was re-mixed into a club bombshell by Munich, Germany producer Fabian Wondrak. All of her Spirit releases can be found on her “Soul” CD (iTunes, CD Baby).
A Gastonia, NC native and graduate of Winston-Salem State University, Maria balances her acting career and singing with community service in the Atlanta area.