Maria Nickolay’s music illuminates stories of the soul through song. Her melodies alternate seamlessly from wistful, melancholy ballads, to bold folk-rock rhythms, and stellar instrumentation provides the perfect backdrop for her powerhouse vocals. Her songwriting infuses lyric and melody with a style that unites songs and sounds of the past with current music. Her songwriting draws attention to the honest emotions and experiences we journey through which together become our story.
Before becoming a solo artist in her own right, Maria performed throughout her homeland in Northern Minnesota in various bands with family and friends. Since first arriving in Northern Ireland 10 years ago, and traveling many times across the sea, she has made her home in Belfast.
Maria's connection with her audience is tangible. She has performed at Radio Waves Music Festival, Hovland Arts Festival, Grand Marais Fisherman's Picnic, Fiddler's Green Festival, and on radio stations at home and abroad. Her unique sound comes from of a depth of musical genres, including Americana, Folk, Traditional Music, and Indie Rock. Every song she delivers she does so with honest emotion and a contagious passion for the sheer joy of making music.
Maria's debut album "Through the Ashes" was released in 2016. Since then, she has continued writing and recording and has now released her highly-anticipated sophomore project "Wolves."
This stunning album elevates Maria's raw and authentic songwriting to new heights. “Wolves" encapsulates the honest and profound human experiences of longing, loss, perseverance, and ultimately hope.