Maria Akelan is a singer, songwriter and pianist originally born in Vilnius, Lithuania, which is famous for its multicultural diversity. Maria composes songs and writes poems in Russian, Lithuanian and English languages. Soft, emotional, cosy singer’s voice combined with deep, simple but outstanding lyrics make Maria’s music unique and authentic. Since early childhood, Maria has been interested in music and literature. She graduated from Vilnius B. Dvarionas 10-year music school, jazz and pop music programme, where she specialised in piano and singing. She accomplished university programme in English philology, which has a strong influence on her art and is reflected in exclusively poetic lyrics and songs composition. Performing solo and with live music bands, Maria took part in and won a number of singing, piano and song writing competitions. She was successful in receiving the award for best singer and won first prize in the Lithuanian national song-writing competition, Durys. Maria both created and performed a soundtrack for a psychological thriller movie in America. She also participated in a popular music reality show, which aired on leading local TV channels. Alongside her passion for music, Maria has a love for acting, modelling and is the face of a women’s clothing line in Lithuania.