We had the pleasure of interviewing MARO over Zoom video.
MARO, born and raised in Portugal, started her music studies at the age of four. Her mother, a music teacher, and her father, a music lover, MARO grew up gathering many sounds ranging from Rajery and Milton Nascimento to The Beatles and Bulgarian choirs. She crossed the pond to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where she linked up with “best friend” and regular collaborator John Blanda [Khalid, John Legend].
Settling in Los Angeles upon graduation, she released a series of LPs and caught the attention of multi-GRAMMY® Award winner Jacob Collier who championed her music early on. Signing to Quincy Jones Productions, she accompanied Jacob on tour as a featured vocalist and instrumentalist.
In 2021, she teamed up with NASAYA for the PIRILAMPO EP. Of the latter, Billboard raved, “The whole thing is exquisite.” She lent her voice to Odesza’s 2022 single “Better Now,” while “saudade, saudade” appeared on the Festival da Canção 2022 compilation and made waves internationally.
Beyond going gold in Portugal and eclipsing 11 million Spotify streams, it elevated her to the finals of EUROVISION 2022, placing in the Top 10. Now, the singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist threads together plainspoken straight-from-the-heart lyrics with delicate songcraft on her independent full-length debut, can you see me?