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Maria Ilieva is recognized as the most successful female vocal artist of the contemporary Bulgarian music scene. From her debut appearance to this very day - her unique talent, outstanding voice, authentic style and influential personality has won her unprecedented admiration of both public and media, as well as highest professional acclaim among fellow musicians and artists of all generations.
Born in a family of renowned musicians, Maria’s devotion to music was apparent since early childhood. Trained pianist since the age of five, she developed her vocal skills as a member of the prestigious “Petko Stainov” Choir Academy. Maria excelled in other areas of education as well, graduating with Honors from the elite High School of Mathematics in Sofia. She proceeded to receive a Master’s degree in Insurance and a Master’s degree in International Relations.
Her career as a performing vocal artist started in the late 90’s, when she was the lead vocalist of the highly successful Kaffe Band – best known abroad for representing Bulgaria at the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest.
The launch of Maria Ilieva’s solo career is marked by the release of her first single “Moon Dream” in the summer of 2001. The groundbreaking album (also titled "Moon Dream") was duly released to sensational success later on in the year, having been described as “a phenomenon in BG pop music” (”Rhythm” magazine, February 2002). Awarded singles released from the album (“Moon Dream”, “Nothing”) have gone straight to No.1 in all leading Bulgarian radio and television pop charts, while “Alright” (produced in collaboration with the avant-garde soul-funk band “TE”), shot to fame by staying at the top of "Bulgarian Top 100" chart for the unprecedented 13 successive weeks.
Maria’s next project – “Stereo Room” – will be remembered as the first completely animated Bulgarian music video, accentuating her innovative and experimental style. Included in this release are remixes by top Bulgarian DJs, played at the country’s hottest dance venues – regularly featuring a list of renowned world class acts.
After establishing her own record label “MI Productions” in 2003, Maria Ilieva undertook a series of new projects:
All the mentioned singles are featured on Maria Ilieva’s album “I COME TO YOU” in stores now. Another ambitious project of the talented singer is her new label for young Bulgarian talents called “Stereo Room”/2007/. This is a record label that will aim at producing and promoting young talented singers from Bulgaria. Billed as a top star at all established regional international music festivals, Maria has performed as the opening act for celebrated artists such as
George Michael, Simple Minds, Danni Minogue, Atomic Kitten, Garaj Mahal, and others, as well as performing alongside Simply Red, Scorpions, Glenn Hughes, UB40, The Gipsy Kings, Zucchero, Kim Wilde, Spike Edney’s All Star Band, and Lou Bega.
2002 – 2003
2001 – 2002
Hollywood based movie productions:
Bulgarian movie productions:
Apart from her music career, Maria Ilieva has been dedicated to a number of important social engagements and causes, such as:
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