Maria (Meria Aires)

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Maria
Birth name Meria Aires
Born (1989-02-16) February 16, 1989 (age 27)
Origin Brunei
Genres Pop Soft Rock
Occupation(s) Singer Song-writer
Years active 2005 - Present
Associated acts Putri Norizah, Merah Band
Website -

Meria Aires (or popularly known as Maria or Meria Aires; born February 16, 1989) is a Bruneian singer-song writer.

Biography[edit]

She began her career in 2005 in a radio singing contest organized by Kristal FM in conjunction with His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam's birthday celebrations. Despite only winning Silver, Angan (an original song composed by her own uncle, Nan), was very well received by radio listeners at that time.

The success of, Angan, had encouraged her to try her luck in releasing her first official single, Bisik Hati, in 2006 - a song that had changed her life instantly. She began performing at various state and corporate functions,[1] winning more music awards locally than any other Bruneian celebrities in Brunei's music history[2] and finally releasing her second album (first solo album), Sesaat Kau Hadir, on May 23, 2009.[3]

Quoted in an interview with local media, she recalls a music collaboration with Merah band from Singapore as one of her most memorable moments in her career. Biar Sampai Akhir was launched on the 13 of February 2011, at Kallang CC Singapore along with its official music video produced by Singaporean production company Merah In Motion.

Aires represented Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB) Brunei at the first ABU Radio Song Festival 2012, which took place at the KBS Concert Hall in Seoul, South Korea on 11 October 2012,[4][5] a competition that brought Brunei Silver award.

Discography[edit]

Studio Album

Year Album
2005 Maria And Destine[6]
2010 Sesaat Engkau Hadir[7]

Singles

Year Single Notes
2005 Angan
2006 Bisik Hati
2006 Aku Atau Dia Pelangi FM's Song of the Year 2006
2007 Jatuh Cinta
2007 Kau Tetap Milikku Duet with "The Seeds"
2008 Waktu Pelangi FM's Song of the Year 2008
2009 Sesaat Engkau Hadir
2009 Kau Segalanya
2009 Waktu Remix
2009 Semarak Syawal Mulia First Hari Raya song
2010 Kini Berakhir Sudah Album Sesaat Engkau Hadir
2011 Biar Sampai Akhir Duet with "Merah Band"
2012 Yang Terindah
2013 Satu Kali
2014 Jika Tiada Jalan Lain
2015 Kekasihku
2016 Bisik Hati Ballad version

Awards & Achievements[edit]

Awards

Year Categories Nominated Award Organizing Body Remarks
2007 Artis Wanita Pilihan Pelangi Awards 2006/2007 Pelangi FM Won[8]
2007 Lagu Pilihan (Song of Choice) - Kau Tetap Milikku (duet with The Seeds) Pelangi Awards 2006/2007 Pelangi FM Won[9]
2009 Artis Wanita Pilihan (Chosen Female Artist) Pelangi Awards 2008/2009 Pelangi FM Won[10]
2009 B.Mobile's Most Voted Artist Pelangi Awards 2008/2009 Pelangi FM Won[11]
2009 Artis Wanita Popular (Popular Female Artist) RTB Awards RTB Won[12]
2010 Best Female Artist Cool Tones Awards CTA Won
2012 Lagu Pilihan (Song of Choice) - Jika Tiada Jalan Lain Pelangi Awards (2012-2013) Pelangi FM Won[13]

Other Achievements

Year Competition Organizing Body Country Status
2005 Kristal Idol
Kristal FM
Brunei Silver
2012 ABU Radio Song Festival 2012
Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union
South Korea Silver[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Article on her performance at a state function: Malek Hashim (18 October 2008). "Her Majesty attends b'day celebration". Borneo Bulletin. The royal guests were also treated to a live singing performance by Maria, a well-known local entertainer who belted out three songs - 'Waktu', 'Janji' and 'Bassanova'. 
  2. ^ Razak, Khairi; BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (February 16, 2009). "Glittering finale marks RTB 2008 awards". The Brunei Times. Retrieved 2009-05-24. 
  3. ^ Jayden (25 May 2009). "Maria's launching of 'Sesaat Kau Hadir'". Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "ABU TV Song Festival 2012 Participants". ESCKAZ.com. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "ABU TV Song Festival 2012". Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Maria Profile and Biography". supportbruneianartists.blogspot.com. PAB. 18 Aug 2010. 
  7. ^ "Album Launching : Maria Sesaat Engkau Hadir". 
  8. ^ Salam, Nurkhayrul. "Songs and dance grace Pelangi Awards night". 
  9. ^ Salam, Nurkhayrul. "Songs and dance grace Pelangi Awards night". 
  10. ^ Sadikin, Syazwan. "Musicians fill the night with melody at Pelangi Awards". The Brunei Times. 
  11. ^ Mohd Sofri, Dewi. "Maria, oh Maria". The Brunei Times. 
  12. ^ Razak, Khairi. "Glittering finale marks RTB 2008 awards". The Brunei Times. 
  13. ^ "Pelangi Awards 2012-2013: A night of glamour, elegance and beauty". 
  14. ^ "Maria scoops silver abu award". 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
None
Brunei in the ABU Radio Song Festival
2012
with "The sweetest memory"
Succeeded by
[to be determined]