"Schafer's awareness of when to embellish and when to pull on the reins stands out among the current crop of jazz singers all-too eager to show off their chops at the expense of communicating actual emotion." - Jefferson Public Radio
Maria weaves compelling and honest stories with a songbook deeply steeped in straight ahead jazz and well-informed by acoustic folk, Brazilian folk, and contemporary jazz music.
Beyond the lyrics and instrumentation, her lithe and heartfelt style endears the listener, while the intimate chemistry with her bandmates makes even well-worn jazz standards sound like her own tunes and her originals bring the stories of your own heart to life. Her finely-honed intonation and musicality welcome a full schedule of recording session work (film, world, pop, country, jazz, and choral music), teaching, touring, and performing as an in-demand and astute vocalist in Los Angeles and via remote recording.
"Wonderfully vintage yet profoundly new and exciting." - Musical Memoirs
With a twinkle in her eye and a dazzling, velveteen voice Maria Schafer has performed in some of the biggest jazz festivals and venues in North America, Europe, and Japan while firmly establishing a home base in Los Angeles. Her albums "To Know Love" and "No Broken Hearts" have garnered airplay on domestic and international jazz radio as a contemporary jazz voice for the 21st century.
"...leaves you wondering what she can't do." - The New York City Jazz Record
"This Downbeat darling is just the right tonic for jaded jazz ears." - Midwest Record
"A treat for anyone who considers themselves to be a Jazz aficionado, superb, smooth, evocative vocals, enveloped in equally emotive instrumentals." - Riveting Riffs
"A knockout debut... leaves you wondering what she can't do." - The New York City Jazz Record
"A stunning debut. Make a note of Schafer's name, because you're going to be seeing and hearing it a lot over the coming years. With a voice like hers, there are no limits to how far this exceedingly talented lady can go." - babysue Reviews
A "voice full of nuance, strong in character and soaked in emotion that the audience cannot and should not deflect.” - Debbie Burke, jazz blogger
“...makes you beg for more of the same. Impressive foray." - Jazz Weekly
"Simply put, Ms. Schafer has the kind of classy voice that would not be out of place in the pantheon of great female jazz vocalists." - Hill Rag
"A master of her craft...Whatever her musicians do, they only enhance [her] style and beauty. She is the diamond necklace hanging around the necks of these band members and glittering brightly." - Musical Memoirs
“[Maria's] pure and genuine presence [shares] the warm and distinctive feeling of late Karen Carpenter. So Right shows a unique hybridization of Latin Bossa Nova and Pop with Maria's captivating cheerful vocals.” - First View
“The goddess who is singing this song, [Maria Schafer], ... has to be immortal, because ... when you hear a voice like this, it's just a throwback.” - Blog Talk Radio
“[Maria] is winsome with percussion and Sprague’s soprano on “So Right.” There’s a pastoral beauty on “When We Dream” while some folksy pedal steel guitar by Rick Schmidt gives an indie Nashville feel for Schafer on “You Belong To Me”.” - Jazz Weekly
“Warm and sensuous vocal talent” - SmoothJazz.com
“Vocalist Maria Schafer is a work of art" - Blog Talk Radio
“...[James Kob] created an overwhelming sound that the "star" of the album, singer Maria Schafer, put in the spotlight. She has a hot jazzy voice that can handle a lot more to me than what they show here; just to say her vocals are excellent on this album.” -Keys and Chords
"Her perfect pitch and stage presence kept your eyes and ears in one place... on her. She would … come out and mesmerize the crowd again." - Music Guy 24/7
"Schafer’s velvety voice [rose] above the strains of this fabulous musical ensemble." - The Strand Center for the Arts
“[Maria] has a beautiful voice and … is a classy and gracious lady and we hope that we are able to see her perform again! We bought her CD “To Know Love...” and it was worth every penny!!! We wish her all the best of luck!” - Mike Beth-Brandon, fan
“[Maria is] professional, on time, and not to mention, remarkably talented! Her voice is beautiful, and she was a sweetheart to boot. I would work with her again anytime, and will absolutely be recommending her to clients that are looking for an amazing singer!” - Ashley C., Wedding Coordinator