Having gained notoriety on the popular YouTube series, "Postmodern Jukebox," eighteen-year-old musician Maris' career started strong from there. Her version of Dolly Parton's "Jolene," received nearly 1 million plays on YouTube. During the summer of that same year, Maris jokingly sang a fun cover of Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me To The Moon" using a bottle of soy sauce as the microphone. The recorded video received over 100 thousand views and 60 thousand shares, landing her a sweet gig with Kikkoman Soy Sauce asking her to write them an original song for their commercial. Since then, the video has netted 4 million views.
During the return season of "American Idol," she was asked to audition, and performed Etta James' "Fool That I Am." She didn't make it past the final round, but that didn't deter her, as she's soon to release her new EP, Lovelust, this spring. Maris is releasing her first single "Boys," which is about self-discovery and making peace with one's own identity. When asked what the song means to her, Maris tells AXS that "the way that the chorus drops in 'Boys' is exactly how I remember feeling the moment I accepted myself and who I love. It's a feeling of soaring joy and freedom, and I'm so happy I feel that coming through in the song."
Listen to Maris' new single "Boys" on Spotify.