Artist Interview: Maria Morlino
Talk to us more about your latest release
My latest release will be my newest CD entitled, ” With all of my Heart.” This release will be comprised of some originals that I have already released as well as other original material. While there are some covers on this CD the emphasis on this CD is my original music. This is a collaboration with my producer Tony Saunders. He is writing the music for my songs except on the ones that I already wrote music for. He has, however, made a different arrangement for my song, Tell Me Why. I’m anxious to get it done but lately he has been so busy due to his recent release. It has kept him on the road.
What inspired you to write this release?
I wanted to release my own original music. I already had a lot of my own songs that I wanted to record and I wanted to make a compilation of those already released and those not yet released. I got a lot of good feedback on one of my songs and wanted my fans to enjoy my other songs. I also wanted to be able to continue to play gigs and am always told that I have to keep recording in order to do this.
Any plans to release a video?
Eventually, I plan to release a video. I want to see the finished product first before I go on to decide which one although I have an idea which one I definitely want to release a video for.
Any plans to hit the road?
Since the CD is not complete yet I have no plans currently. However, I continue to perform as much as I can at different venues as I currently hold a day job.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
As an indie artist, I believe i am a soulful singer. What makes my music stand out is the soulfulness that I put into it. I really feel what I sing and I hope that I can convey what I feel to my fans. I’ve been told that I am a Torch Singer, as I tackle emotions such as anger and fear, along with the more sought after feelings of joy, hope, and love. However, that does not mean that I limit myself to singing Torch songs. I am able to sing to well, not just the Torch songs but soul songs and others.
Who have you been listening to lately?
Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of the popular artists that are on the radio. They include Mariah Carey, who is one that I admire, Mary Blige, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Adele, John Legend and others.
Tell us about your passions
Every day I look forward to a new day and being able to just breathe and just appreciate the simple things in life.
Sometimes we get caught up in our wants and forget that all of that is not necessary, that we could be content with the basics of life.
What else is happening next in your world?
I enjoy sewing, and learning about health. Health, yes that is a big topic in my life. Especially since i lost my parents, I have been what you can call a health nut. I read everything I can get my hands on that is health related. I changed my diet many years ago. I had to do a complete 360 degrees and change all of my eating habits or I would go down just as I have seen my parents. I believe if they could read English and understood it well enough, they would not have succumbed to the illnesses that they did. I feel sad about this and often miss them.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Maria!