Maria Flores is a Pop/Jazz vocalist, recently returned from a residency in Hong Kong. She now resides in Christchurch performing for various venues, private and corporate events. Maria currently performs a wide range of classics and modern arrangements as a duo act with locally known musicians such as Grace McLean, Aimee Biddington and has recently formed a band called House of Groove.
A vocalist with a powerful and emotionally unapologetic voice.
In the early stages of her musical journey, Maria’s love for music and performance began when she trained for 2 years in Theatre with the HKYAF (Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation) under musical director Scott Gibson’s guidance. She performed as part of an ensemble for “Sweeney Todd 2009”, “RENT 2010” and eventually got cast for a devised theatre piece “Story of a girl 2011″.
One of the first highlights of her career was of her performance at Hong Kong’s Grappas Cellar with a 12 piece band, she did a rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York”. During this time, she also had the honour to appear on multiple media platforms, her latest appearance was on “Sassy Hong Kong, That Girl” as an influencer of November 2016.
She has had the opportunity over the years to travel and perform in Macau, Hong Kong, Philippines, and New Zealand. One of her recent ventures was touring the South Island of New Zealand for ‘Trick of the Light Pink Floyd 2018 Tribute Band”, she performed as a backup vocalist for Dave Stone and Steve Hill. Maria has also had the special opportunity to work alongside well-renowned artist Mark Vanilau, Sam Owen, Hamish Oliver and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra for a collaborative piece called “Simplicity”. This was recently showcased together with various artists Sparks at the Park 2020, this collaboration led to her involvement this year 2021 with Tribalincs as a back up vocalist alongside Roslen Ulaula recording their album that has been 21 years in the making.
Maria is currently enrolled in ARA Institute of Canterbury for a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Arts and has taken up a major as a Jazz vocalist. She is seen around Christchurch performing for various venues, private and corporate events. Maria currently performs a wide range of classics and modern arrangements as a duo act with locally known musicians such as Grace McLean, Aimee Biddington and has recently formed a band called House of Groove.
Awards: Humming Birds Hong Kong – “Best Vocalist of 2011”