Maria Elena Little is a half-American, half-Ecuadorian singer-songwriter who critics are recognizing for her unique voice: “gorgeous vocals”, “a beautiful voice!”, “The vocals are really amazing.” Her debut EP ‘M.E.’ reflects her international roots, raised in Europe and Asia, Maria Elena writes music just like she listens to it, without much thought about genre. What is important are the emotions the lyric and melody convey, with the musical production choices being based upon whatever best conveys that particular emotion. Her musical style incorporates elements of indie, pop, folk and a hint of country, all with Maria Elena’s signature phrasing and lyrical style.
"Maria Elena’s songs capture the imagination, and leave the listener humming tunes filled with vivid images and heartfelt themes that and are at once deeply personal and highly relatable.” Michael Ludwick – Near West Group
'M.E.' is a collection of Maria Elena's first singles mostly written when she was 14 or 15. 'M.E.' is her family nickname (pronounced like the letters 'm' and 'e' from her initials.' She was exploring different sounds to express her different emotions as a young teenager, so the name has a double meaning, her initials can also be read as the object pronoun 'me'. Maria Elena recorded these songs in her father's apartment in Guangzhou, China and worked remotely with producers Matthew Tryba (Assistant on Taylor Smith’s 1989 album) of Denver and Jared Anderson of Nashville. ‘My music displays who I am as a person, my deepest feelings and thoughts. It is my diary.’
This is especially evident in Maria Elena Little’s newest EP ‘Mindspace’, to be released in early summer 2018. The track ‘Broken Pills’ is a very intimate song about a struggle through a very difficult time. The emotions vacillate between despair/hurt and anger over betrayal as the song builds to a final crescendo and she finds the power to let go and move on, but not necessarily forgive. ‘Broken Pills’ was inspired by Maria Elena’s poem ‘Dear Anxiety,’ a few lines from which are included in the bridge: I try to breathe in but it’s holding me back/ With its arms wrapped around my neck/Slowly all I see is black ‘My “train of thought” songwriting captures my emotions at the moment and helps me process my feelings.’