Maja Mannila is a young and impressive jazz/soul singer, pianist and composer. Together with her band she performs her own songs in English, in a style combining r'n'b, soul, jazz and gospel. She grew up in a musician family and has a steady grip of musicianship, but at the same time she points out the importance of freedom and fun when it comes to creating and playing music. In the future Mannila strives towards recording and performing internationally both with her ensemble and as solo artist. Maja's talent has also been spotted by English drummer Richard Spaven and singer Anthony Strong, who have invited Maja to perform with them. In Maja Mannila Trio she plays together with Severi Sorjonen (drums) and Johannes Granroth (bass); Maja is also a member of the young and rising ensemble Peela. In 2021-22 Maja played and singed in pianist Iiro Rantala's new trio Flock which toured in Central Europe.
Maja's debut album "Up & Down" was released in June 2022.
"Att Up & Down uttryckligen är Maja Mannilas skiva står ändå klart, så till vida att hon inte bara själv står för samtliga elva låtarna – inklusive ett kortare intro och mellanspel – utan i synnerhet för att texterna har en så påfallande personlig prägel. Och att hon verkligen är en speciell sångarförmåga med ett brett uttryck går inte att ta miste på."
Ralf Sandell, Hufvudstadsbladet 18.8.2022