Music moves people. Whether enticing individuals to be up and dancing, touching on their emotions, or spurring them into action – music creates a momentary and lasting impact on its audience.
As a well-loved agent of the arts, the renowned harpist Mariea Antoinette has influenced her listeners to do all three: dance, feel, and act through her music and, more recently, the caressing tunes of her 2020 album “All My Strings.”
A native of San Diego, California, Mariea Antoinette is the name on everyone’s lips when it comes to playing the harp. Mariea is a national recording artist, composer, and speaker. She is widely regarded as the world’s premier soulful, groundbreaking harpist.
With an extensive repertoire of smooth jazz, R&B, and soul music, and an inspiring participating in philanthropic endeavors, the artist’s fans have pinned her as the Dorothy Ashby of R&B. This unique distinction and acknowledgment of her skills has pushed Mariea Antoinette to explore both the facets of her genres and the positive possibilities of leveraging her platform.
Working on her career, Mariea first attended the University of California San Diego (UCSD) for her undergraduate degree and the University of Arizona, Tucson, for her master’s in harp performance before setting off to make her name.
To say that she succeeded would be an understatement. Her passion for music and unprecedented talent has taken the crowd-favorite harpist to coveted stages across the United States of America and beyond national borders. Mariea Antoinette has performed for the Los Angeles Southeast Symphony Orchestra at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, at numerous events, including those for the former First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama.
The outstanding musician has also shared the stage with Ne-Yo at the BET Awards, Nathan East, and Greg Phillinganes, among others, and has been a recurring artist in countless major jazz festivals in the country. Mariea’s awe-inducing mastery of her instrument inspired a dedicated following.
The success was followed by Mariea’s CD entitled “Straight From The Harp,” the special edition of which climbed the Smooth Jazz Global and Billboard charts, sitting comfortably on the Top 5 spot. In 2018, she released her hit single “ Overture” and made her mark as one of the industry’s best. The classic fan-favorite debuted on the Billboard Top 5 and made history, holding the #1 position on the Smooth Jazz World Listener chart for over 6 weeks. Her recently-released CD “All My Strings” also made the ranks in the Top 100 albums of 2020 and continues to scale hurdles – drawing in a larger crowd for this masterful artist.
Since her debut, Mariea Antoinette has been honored as the Instrumentalist of the Year by the San Diego Prestige Awards, with the Best Jazz Single for “Overture” by the Black Women in Jazz & the Arts Association, and a BMA Image Award.
Continuing to write her legacy as a genre-bending musician of unequaled prowess, Mariea will be headlining at the upcoming Catalina Island Jazz Traxx Festival on October 23, 2021. While preparing for a mind-blowing performance, she continues to wow crowds at celebrity and VIP events.
Outside of her musical endeavors, the forward-thinking harpist is also a powerful voice against human trafficking. Mariea Antoinette recently partnered with “Daughters Lives Matter” and has become a beacon of hope, shedding light on the ugly reality of human trafficking through uplifting music while helping survivors rediscover a zest for life through fine arts and music.
Learn more about the brilliant harpist behind “Overture.” Be moved by a one-in-a-million talent and learn more about Mariea Antoinette by visiting her official website.