Maria Howell
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Maria Howell - The Singer...The Actress...

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Musical Artist, Vocalist
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With the recent release of her "Holiday Melodies" Christmas recording, Maria still performs regularly in Atlanta, GA at Samubuca Jazz Cafe, where she has been a mainstay for the past 7 years. Maria is best known as the choir soloist in the movie "The Color Purple". It was quoted by one critic as being "one of the film's most stirring moments!" Her rendition of "God Is Trying to Tell You Something" was memorable for all who saw it,

As a singer, Maria has wowed audiences as the opening act for the legendary Ray Charles, and shared the stage with Earth Wind & Fire's point man, Phillip Bailey. She has performed in front of the likes of Nancy Wilson, Will Downing, and George Benson, to name a few. Howell’s music is a collective of sultry, soul... and smooth. She combines sounds such as R&B with jazzy punctuations, sprinkled with tinges of gospel/soul.

As an actress, she has worked with Steven Spielberg (The Color Purple), George Lucas (Young Indiana Jones’ Chronicles), and Tyler Perry ("Daddy's Little Girls", "Meet the Browns" and "House of Payne"). She appeared in the Lifetime movie, “Living Proof”, starring Harry Connick, Jr., and in episodes of Lifetime’s hit TV series, “Army Wives” and "Drop Dead Diva". She also appeared in "Mississippi Damned" directed by Tina Mabry ( and The Blind Side", starring Sandra Bullock. Other TV credits are, "Past Life" and "Vampire Diaries".
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Jai're right...this is a movement now...What would we do without jazz in our lives?

In my experiences, jazz has kept me from wondering too far into the sea of uncertainty. It chose me way before I chose it. I feel more at home in this world of beautiful melodies. Most of the songs I sing are jazz. Most of the music I listen to is jazz. I have to keep it alive for my emotional and mental survival. Getting a bit deep with it, but it's real to me.

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Maria blogging in the month of April '09

Posted on April 5, 2009 at 1:51pm 0 Comments

These are my updates for April...

I'm still performing at Sambuca Jazz Cafe on Mondays 7-11pm (

I have formed a coalition along with 3 other actors, called A.C.T.4life ( We host several events/workshops, i.e. montly filmmakers' showcase, acting classes, voiceover classes

Still reading to 2nd graders every week to help strengthen literacy (

Coaching acting to kids/teens (privately and… Continue

Happy New Year!

Posted on January 4, 2009 at 6:52pm 0 Comments

It seems like forever since I posted a blog. Just wanted to send musical love to everyone and wish nothing less than God's blessings. I pray that everyone will shine in 2009!

Musically yours,


Maria Howell - Interested in performing all over the world

Posted on April 1, 2008 at 2:30pm 5 Comments

Hello friends,

I wanted to let you all know, that I am motivated and serious about putting this networking that we're experiencing, into action. I'd especially like this message to find it's way to club owners and promoters, to let them know I am interested in working all over the world, in addition to the US. If anyone is interested, feel free to email me so we can discuss. Thank you in advance for passing this word along.

As a result of being featured recently on The… Continue

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At 2:59pm on January 25, 2010, Brad Wilcox said…
Hey, Maria... Hope you are having and will have a great 2010... Keep me posted when you're in town (you always do). Hopefully, one of these times I can make it out to see you. Miss ya... all the best..
At 2:00am on January 11, 2010, Paul " SEQUENCE " Ferguson said…
Love your voice stay blesed
At 9:21am on December 23, 2009, Motown Mitch said…

Much loving care,

At 11:24am on December 4, 2009, HAROLD HAITY said…
Hi Maria, I was listening. I've already told you what you are.
Again I say you're sovereign.
I love that.
At 9:19pm on November 8, 2009, Damon White ~The SILK ONE!~ said…
"If you expect perfection from other people, your whole life is a series of disappointments, grumbling and complaints. If, on the contrary, you pitch your expectations low, taking folks as the inefficient creatures which they are, you are frequently surprised by having them perform better than you had hoped."

At 6:56am on September 11, 2009, mari obayashi said…
I'm glad to hear your vivid voice.
Keep going your beautiful musical life.

with love

At 3:32am on August 28, 2009, Motown Mitch said…
Hi Maria!
Just checking in dear sister... hope you and your family are having a blessed summer. The Motor City is seeing a growth of movie production companies setting up shop across Michigan as each are receiving an out of the park 40-42 percent tax credit incentive on each dollar spent on production expenses. Here's a link to the latest news:

Much care,
At 8:53am on July 15, 2009, Reggie Hines said…
how have you been? I'll be headlining centennial Park on the july 22 for my new cd release concert. Come out and have fun. Talk with you soon.
At 10:24am on May 24, 2009, bernard linnette said…
very nice page marie!
At 12:38am on May 15, 2009, Aj ROBINSON said…
Still here I can't stop listen to peace of mind.

















Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.

I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.

My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."

Let's be audacious, my friends!

Buster Williams


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