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On The Rocks

by maria kizirian

Pop music that rocks - "On The Rocks" is fresh with emotionally-charged singing, passionately driven arrangements of rocking melodic blues, from-the-soul resonant lyrics, and a masterful production.
Genre: Pop: Today's Top 40
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1. Feels So Bad It's Good Maria Kizirian
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2. When The Lights Go Down Maria Kizirian
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3. Fool On The Run Maria Kizirian
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4. On And On Maria Kizirian
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5. Pain In My Heart Maria Kizirian
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6. You Invade My Dreams Maria Kizirian
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7. Rebel Heart Maria Kizirian
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8. Heart Of The City Maria Kizirian
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9. Mr. X Maria Kizirian
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Maria, a Pop artist from the Arctic Circle, is a singer is no stranger to making world-class music. Her first real gig - while still in her teens - was singing on the opening band for Deep Purple and Bad Religion at a large festival in Europe (1996). She released a solo Pop record under the EMI label called "Once upon a time." It was rising on the radio charts, but a major change was in the air. Maria left EMI, Scandinavia, and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to put her emotions into words, sounds, and music that could be expressed in emotive rock. She started this journey humbly as an intern in Oakland, California's Studio 880 (Green Day). When she wasn't grocery shopping for Chris Isaak's canned sardines, answering phones and serving coffee to various other artists, she observed how legendary producers and engineers such as Mark Needham (Fleetwood Mac, Michelle Branch, The Killers) and John Shanks (Sheryl Crow, Ashlee Simpson), and noteworthy Tone (Carlos Santana) created new musical masterpeices.

Maria struggled to find the sound that expressed her inner thoughts and decided to build her own home studio and to start recording her own songs. After being invited to attend a private showcase SXSW ‘04 and having several in-depth discussions with music industry insiders, Maria realized her sound and started honing each song. Described as Pop music that rocks with a melodic bluesy twist, she day in and day out worked at perfecting that sound into her vocal arrangements for "On the Rocks." Maria knew her sound had taken shape in her mind and that there was only one person who could "get it" and whom she could trust to develop the music for what she was envisioning – her father, Jake Voutilainen. Jake is an accomplished producer and musician in Finland.

Maria and Jake collaborated in inventive ways: Maria would make draft demos, send them to Jake over the internet. The two would chat online to agree on a song's particulars, and then would simultaneously produce the recordings: Maria sang and recorded all of her own vocals in her home studio, and Jake played and recorded all of the instrumental tracks in his home studio in Finland. Maria and Jake met together in Finland to mix "On the Rocks", and then traveled to Stockholm, Sweden to master it at The Cutting Room (The Hives, Backstreet Boys, Ace of Base, etc.)

One other notable credit on the record includes Michael C. Ross for mixing "Mr. X". Michael's engineering and mixing tenure include Grammy winning and nominated records for artists such as Eric Clapton, Pink, Christina Aguilera, and Vanessa Carlton.

Maria Kizirian is preparing for a 2006 tour with her new band to support the "On the Rocks" record.


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Vallejo Times-Herald

The poppy-bluesesque songs have catchy hooks and great melodies throughout
Maria Kizirian is going to be a name that everyone in the Bay Area will be hearing about in the music scene.
Her CD "On the Rocks!" is a fascinating journey through the mind and soul of the artist. The poppy-bluesesque
songs have catchy hooks and great melodies throughout. The production of the album is great as well. Just when
you think that the album stays in one genre on all the songs, you get suprised when it changes in a different
direction. Maria's voice will captivate you as well. Her strong vocal capabilities will knock you down. Go and
get the album.

Arto Junttila, Reporter: Torniolainen, Finland

The raw action on the album "On the rocks" works
The Voutilainens are an important part of rock history from Northern Finland. Jukka came first with the “Tonics” and then little brother Jake with “Battaglia Nobility.”

Now Jake has made songs together with his daughter, Maria Kizirian, who lives in San Francisco. “On The Rocks” is Maria’s calling card to the US market and world of rock. The rawer action seems to work better for her than the blue-eyed soul that she recorded earlier for Finland’s EMI.

When listening to “On The Rocks” one is convinced that Finland-born Maria is absolutely the most talented out of the singing Voutilainens. Cool expressions and voice can of course also be found in Laura, but not the same depth and edge as Maria has.

Maria’s voice is best given justice in the slower bluesy renditions. The album’s true pearl is blues ballad “Rebel Heart,” which makes even the most callous soul melt. Jake makes it perfect with his guitar playing, which admirably supports Maria’s singing with its scarcity. These sparing inflections bring to mind namely Robert Cray’s play at its best.

Even though you can hear music ranging from eighties heavy to country rock, the father and daughter’s joint sound originates from black rhythm music. In addition to “Rebel Heart,” the work is most convincing in the funk “Feels So Bad It’s Good,” and in the soul ballad “Pain In My Heart.”

The only greater flaw on the record “On The Rocks” is “Mr. X,” for which there is also a high definition video. Even though behind it is Michael Ross, who is known for his work on Christina Aguilera’s records, it is shuddering how over-produced it is. Instead, Jake, who carried the main responsibility of the remaining songs, has not polished them too much, but maintained the edge. And my hat is off for that.

Steven Stewart, Finland

Maria Kizirian showcases her powerhouse vocals and passion
I just can’t get enough of Maria Kizirian's new album. She has found the perfect arrangements to showcase your powerhouse vocals and true grit passion. Amazing work!
REBEL HEART gave me absolute chills... such awesome power and depth.
Another favourite is YOU INVADE MY DREAMS.