If Madonna is the queen of pop, then who is the queen of European dance music?
Maria Nayler is a British recording artist, vocal coach and songwriter. She began her music career, with her then band, Ultraviolet, whom released two singles in the very early 90s, including “Kites” and “I Wish That”. Maria then went on to provide vocals for “Ladies With an Attitude” by Epitome of Hype, which sampled lines from Madonna’s hit single, “Vogue”. “Ladies With an Attitude” became a success on the underground scene, garnering attention for Maria.
After a string of singles with Clusterfunk (“Do Me Right”, “Deep Down”), Maria was in the studio with major DJ/producer, Sasha, for the recording of the single, “Be As One”, which went on to be a major hit for the duo, peaking at #17 on the official UK charts in 1995.
A year later, and Maria was making waves on the music scene once again, with the smash hit single, “One and One”, with the late Robert Miles. The duo scored #1 on the music charts in several European countries, including Belgium, Israel, Italy, Romania, Scotland, The Eurocharts Hot 100 and the US Dance Chart, as well as reaching an impressive #3 IN the UK. After this success, everyone wanted to work with Maria Nayler, and string of solo singles were culled from collaborations with Tilt and further productions from Sasha. In 1998, Maria released “Naked and Sacred”, which proved to be another major hit for her.
A Maria Nayler album was now imminent, after signing a solo deal with Deconstruction Records. However, unfortunate circumstances lead the label to fold, which had a devastating impact on Maria’s finished album, which remains unreleased. “Will You Be With Me”, “Love Is The God” and “Inside My Universe”, all penned by Maria, were culled as promotional singles for the intended album however.
The abandoned solo album did not deter Maria from the music scene, as she went onto lend her vocals to many more collaborations, including tracks on several Taste Xperience albums, further Tilt productions and a single with Ferry Corsten. In 2000, Maria released the single, “Angry Skies”, which saw her back in the UK charts.
Maria continued to provide soothing and euphoric vocal melodies to several trance, house, dance and chilled tracks over the next decade, until she met the band, Goldmaster Allstars, which saw her taking on a completely different musical direction, as she went onto provide a full album’s worth of vocals on their ska/reggae album, “Crossroads”, in 2010. Maria became a dedicated member of the band. They toured extensively, and won Best British Reggae Artist. The Goldmaster Allstars material holds a special place in Maria’s heart, as she enjoyed the production style and fun dynamic within group. The “Crossroads” album demonstrates Maria Nayler’s impressive vocal diversity.
In recent years, Maria has provided vocals to several dance chart hits with the likes of Paul Morrel, Tenisha, Raz Nitzan and new 2012 version of “One and One” with Loverush UK. She performs live, regularly with the Ulster Orchestra, on their 20 Years of Lush Dance Classics tour.
And Maria Nayler continues to lay down vocals on dance, house and trance classics of the future. She is also a very successful vocal coach, working with actors, west end performers and major recording artists. Not many female recording artists can boast the successful career that Maria has lead, and it’s longevity. A career that has earned her an induction in the Guinness Book of Records (music edition) and worldwide record sales in excess of 20 million, and still counting. Some 20 years after the penultimate, “One and One”, producers are still desperate to work with the angel voiced artist, who shows no signs of slowing down.
So to answer the aforementioned question If Madonna is the queen of pop, then who is the queen of European dance music? The answer has to be Maria Nayler.