She & Him, Clairy Browne and the Banging Rackettes.
Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Nina Simone, Allen Stone, Kimbra, The Staves, Bon Iver, Laura Marling, Paolo Nutini, D'Angelo.
Telling her honest story to the Australian music scene, Serbian-born singer-songwriter Maja is gaining quite a reputation for her eccentric character and glittering performances. Thought- provoking and deeply-personal, the songs are vulnerable and relatable, displaying a depth and maturity far beyond her age. Looking to the past for inspiration, her songs possess a sound quality and nostalgia that her audiences know so well, echoing soul, blues and folk music. Her diverse ranges of styles come to highlight her fierce vocal performance and direct song-writing style, channelling the likes of Otis Redding, Clairy Browne and the Banging Rackettes, Laura Marling and Fiona Apple.
In 2014, Maja completed her studies in Music Composition at the University of Queensland, where she studied piano before focusing her efforts on writing music by pursuing a major in composition. In 2016, the songstress released her self-titled, debut EP; combining lush string arrangements with heartfelt melodies and soulful harmonies. Maja traverses a range of depths and colours, seamlessly transitioning between light and dark tracks.
Following the release of Maja’s debut self-titled EP, the end of 2016 Maja released the single ‘Hurting Now’ as the first taste of the forthcoming sophomore EP ‘Still Bleeding’ that was accompanied by an East Coast tour with her band.
2017 has seen Maja move interstate to Melbourne, where she has continued to build her following - frequently filling rooms with her charm and passionate vocals. July will see the first release ‘Wake Up And Find’ from Maja since this major transition in her life. It precedes the long awaited sophomore EP, ‘Still Bleeding’ that was hinted towards during her previous release.
Maja will be touring SA, VIC, NSW and QLD throughout September, playing intimate acoustic solo shows.