“My songs are vehicles for storytelling, but they’re also my way of taking something that is subjective and making it objective; allowing me to move beyond whatever hardship or pain might have been the reason for the song in the first place and tell you about my lifes experiences straight from my heart,” says Maria Herz (Herz is the German word for HEART).
Maria recalls the life changes she’s weathered, particularly the culture shock of moving from the small Slovakian town of Gajary, where she was raised to the major cities of Toronto, Vancouver and Chicago. “I was this naïve girl from another country confronted by this fast-paced, ultra-hip scene,” she recalls. “There was a lot of confusion and angst and just figuring myself out. It was a struggle. I’d gone to America to “make it” and had no idea what I was doing.” Maria comes from a talented family of musicians and artists, her oldest brother Freddy hit it big in Slovakia when he became the bassist for the chart-topping rock group, “AC+”. Her father was a famous conductor of Slovakian Symphony, and her brother Peter a concert violinist and accomplished painter. From a young age, she was brought up in a culture that expected excellence in music and the arts.