Maria\'s voice is one of those you either love or hate, and so is her music. Uncompromising in her musical approach as well as performance she hits truth right at it\'s core and strikes a chord in you ... Her clear, airy sound has been compared to that of angels as well as wind instruments, the latter referring to her use of it as well - Maria sings like an instrumentalist plays. This is also reflected in her use of lyrics, as she states her point in an abstract way, making space for everyone\'s own story in hers. Her compositions are as diverse as life\'s surprises, merging modern Jazz with Drum N\'Bass and Rock grooves as well as Indian and Classical music. You can hear Stravinsky as well as Björk in it, Billie Holiday and Debussy, Nikhil Banerjee and Ani DiFranco, … but most of all, Maria Neckam.
“It wasn\'t just the unaffected clarity or refreshing timbre of her voice, nor her remarkable range that captured my imagination; it was the fearless integrity of her musical ideas.”
“She writes quirky, provoking, poetic lyrics.“
“I would say that, if you have an extensive Britney Spears record collection, you\'re not likely to be a huge fan. For the rest of us, there\'s no denying the purity of her pipes or the control of her technique.”
(Bill Barnes, Jazz.com)
\"Her supple, reedy voice hits the notes clearly and has that wonderful quality of articulating syllables as notes rather than words“
\"Crossing and Blending\" is an ambitious debut that ranges through the breadth of her stylistic tropes and suggests that she\'s going to be a special voice.“
(John Swenson, Off Beat Magazine)