Maria started playing the piano and singing from a young age, listening to her older sisters when they played music and sang. Through her interest in writing and poetry she also started to write songs. She grew up in a Swedish speaking part of Finland, so her main language was Swedish, but her fascination with other languages soon inspired her to also write in English. Her Christian faith as well as life and experiences are a big inspiration and from the start she wanted to make music that reached out to people and made them think and feel better. Even though she was writing songs, she only started to seriously look into performing and recording them when she was studying music and leadership in a Christian college in Huskvarna, Sweden. There she got to develop her musical gifts and got the encouragement to start performing her own songs more. After her time in Sweden Maria moved back to her home country to work as a church youth leader for about a year. During that year she also met up with her husband-to-be, from England, which later led to her moving there. In the UK Maria wrote more songs, played at different venues and was involved with worship in her local church. In late 2010 Maria and her husband decided to move back to Finland, where they currently live.

Discography

During her two years in Sweden Maria recorded her first album, called "His Will Be Done". It was recorded in 2005 with the help of friends at the college and only distributed to family, friends and at her gigs in Finland and Sweden. When Maria was back in Finland again, she started to record another album, this time with the help of friend and music producer Johannes Häger. Häger lives in Sweden so the recording process took place in both countries and the album "On His Shoulders" was released in the beginning of 2008. Some of the songs from "On His Shoulders" got radio play both in Finland and abroad. Most talked about is maybe the country inspired songs found on "On His Shoulders", e.g. the song "If God Made You Willing" which is an upbeat song about daring to follow your dream and using the talents God has given you.

Free Fall (Single)
  • Free Fall

    Every journey, starts with one step only.
    No matter how small it might seem.
    It’s still a beginning.
    I’m dreaming daily of how wonderful all things could be.
    If I was just floating freely.
    In the stream of Your will.

    But it all feels like a free fall
    How do we know if there’s someone to catch us.
    What if there’s nothing there at all.
    How can we know if we never let go.
    And lose control (how can we know if we never let go). Lose control.

    Choices, making me so confused.
    Knowing which road to chose, when there’s so many
    Voices, telling me what to do And I want to listen to
    That voice within.

    But it all feels like a free fall.
    How do we know if there’s someone to catch us.
    What if there’s nothing there at all.
    How can we know if we never let go.
    And lose control (how can we know if we never let go).
    Lose control.

    Spiralling downwards, or upwards, I don’t know.
    But You say, just trust me, on a count to three
    I won’t let go.

    But it all feels like a free fall.
    How do we know if there’s someone to catch us.
    What if there’s nothing there at all.
    How can we know if we never let go.
    Yeah, it all feels like a free fall.
    How do we know if there’s someone to catch us.
    What if there’s nothing there at all.
    How can we know if we never let go.
    How can we know if we never let go.
    How can we know if we never let go.

Megaphones
  • Who I'm Meant To Be

    So many voices, telling me who they think I am
    Who I should be, they don’t know me
    And I’m not sure even I know who I really am

    So many voices, telling me who they think I am
    Who I should be, they don’t know me
    And I’m not sure even I know who I really am

    With my little voice in this world of screaming megaphones
    Do I have a say, do I have a choice?
    To be more than just a shadow of myself

    Show me, how you know me
    Take me, and mould me
    You know, more than I know
    Who I was, who I am, who I’m meant to be

    Look in the mirror, it could all be changed
    Would I want that? It just seems so strange
    I could change the way they see me
    But I cannot change my heart

    With my little voice in this world of screaming megaphones
    Do I have a say, do I have a choice?
    To be more than just a shadow of myself
    My heart....

    With my little voice in this world of screaming megaphones
    Do I have a say, do I have a choice?
    To be more than just a shadow of myself

    Show me, how you know me
    Take me, and mould me
    Oh,You know, more than I know
    Who I was, who I am, who I’m meant to be
    Who I was, who I am, who I’m meant to be
    (who I’m meant to be...)
  • What Does it Mean

    I have this burning question inside my head
    I’d like to know the answer, before I’m dead
    I just don’t know how to break it to You
    How can all those things You said, be true?

    If You are God and I am Yours
    Should it be so hard?
    I don’t know why, I just need more
    I need to know.

    What does it mean to have faith to move the mountains
    Following your dream. Just ask and then receive.
    What does it mean to show love to all creation?
    Speak truth and change a nation.
    It’s what I long to see.
    But what does it mean?

    Is this wishful thinking or is it real?
    If I just stay persistent, will I succeed?
    I have tried before but I’m so impatient.
    Lord, I need You more. I just have to face it.

    If You are God and I am Yours
    Should it be so hard?
    I don’t know why, I just need more
    I need to know.

    What does it mean to have faith to move the mountains
    Following your dream. Just ask and then receive.
    What does it mean to show love to all creation?
    Speak truth and change a nation.
    It’s what I long to see.

    What does it mean?) I really need to know
    (What does it mean?) And I need you to show me
    (What does it mean?) I just can’t let it go
    I need to know

    What does it mean to have faith to move the mountains,
    Following your dream, just ask and then receive?
    What does it mean, to show love to all creation,
    Speak truth and change a nation?
    It’s what I long to see.
    But what does it mean?
    What does it mean?
  • Understand The Lonely

    People seem to forget about those nights
    When no one else was there to hold them
    They say things will be fine. I’ll find a love that’s mine someday
    People seem to forget about those doubts
    I can’t say that I blame them. I’d like to
    To know things will be fine. I’ll find a love that’s mine someday

    Cause I understand the lonely. But I hope not forever
    Listen to me now, I hope you won’t either
    Understand the lonely. I hope not forever
    Listen to me now

    If people can forget about those nights
    There shouldn’t be a reason why I couldn’t to
    So let’s say things will be fine, I’ll find a love that’s mine someday

    Cause I understand the lonely. But I hope not forever
    Listen to me now, I hope you won’t either
    Understand the lonely. I hope not forever
    Listen to me now

    I stick to God with my anger
    My longing frustration
    Hopefully my stubbornness will pull through
    And I can understand the girlfriends to

    Well I guess we aren’t so lonely
    If we stick together
    Praying for a change
    Waiting for the better
    We’ll understand the lonely, but dress for sunny weather
    Listen to me now, we’re in this together
    We’ll understand the lonely
    But I hope not forever
    Listen to me now
    We’ll get through this somehow
    We’ll get through this somehow

  • Bittersweet Release

    It’s so easy to be stuck where you are
    And content with just dreaming
    When the truth is so far from the life that you wished for
    You’re praying for an open door ... To a place
    where things are not the way they were before

    If you find it
    You will know how it feels to be just one step away
    And not knowing if the ground is gonna hold or fail. But the coast
    is clear and all you have to do is sail. It’s a new found freedom

    Bittersweet release, I get a new beginning
    And it’s time to let go of the chains I’ve come to know
    Bittersweet release, why are we hesitating
    There’s new life within reach and I need it want it

    Brand new ground beneath my feet
    It all seems so unfamiliar
    Freedom I can taste it, I can feel it
    Brand new ground beneath my feet
    It all seems so unfamiliar
    Freedom I can taste it, I can feel it, I can have it.

    Bittersweet release, I get a new beginning
    And it’s time to let go of the chains I’ve come to know
    Bittersweet release, why are we hesitating
    There’s new life within reach and I need it want it

    Brand new ground beneath my feet It all seems so unfamiliar
    Freedom I can taste it, I can feel it, I can have it

    (I can have it)

  • Chasing The Wind

    Time keeps ticking, tells us to move on
    Days pass quickly, rest from dusk till dawn.
    Do your best to keep in pace. Keep that smile upon your face.
    Cease the moment. Cease the moment.

    Polls and adverts tell us what we need.
    Chase your dreams and try hard to succeed.
    Score the goal and pass the test. No such thing as second best.
    All or nothing. It’s all or nothing.

    So we got what we wanted but we still want more.
    Always seems to be something that we’re waiting for.
    One more reason for living. One more reason for not giving in to this feeling;
    That we’re all just chasing the wind.

    Have opinions, make them what you are.
    Go on journeys, travel near and far.
    Fight for what you think is right. Fall in love and hold on tight.
    Find the purpose. Find the purpose.

    So we got what we wanted but we still want more
    Always seems to be something that we’re waiting for
    One more reason for living. One more reason for not giving in to this feeling;
    That we’re all just chasing the wind.
    Yeah, we’re all just chasing the wind
    We’re all just chasing the wind

    Yeah, we got what we wanted but we still want more
    Always seems to be something that we’re waiting for
    One more reason for living, one more reason for not giving in to this feeling
    That we’re all just chasing the wind
    Yeah, we’re all just chasing the wind.

  • Free Fall

    Every journey, starts with one step only.
    No matter how small it might seem.
    It’s still a beginning.
    I’m dreaming daily of how wonderful all things could be.
    If I was just floating freely.
    In the stream of Your will.

    But it all feels like a free fall
    How do we know if there’s someone to catch us.
    What if there’s nothing there at all.
    How can we know if we never let go.
    And lose control (how can we know if we never let go). Lose control.

    Choices, making me so confused.
    Knowing which road to chose, when there’s so many
    Voices, telling me what to do And I want to listen to
    That voice within.

    But it all feels like a free fall.
    How do we know if there’s someone to catch us.
    What if there’s nothing there at all.
    How can we know if we never let go.
    And lose control (how can we know if we never let go).
    Lose control.

    Spiralling downwards, or upwards, I don’t know.
    But You say, just trust me, on a count to three
    I won’t let go.

    But it all feels like a free fall.
    How do we know if there’s someone to catch us.
    What if there’s nothing there at all.
    How can we know if we never let go.
    Yeah, it all feels like a free fall.
    How do we know if there’s someone to catch us.
    What if there’s nothing there at all.
    How can we know if we never let go.
    How can we know if we never let go.
    How can we know if we never let go.

  • Never Felt Such Love

    Broken hearted, full of misconception
    I was hurt, I was lost
    But You saw me, and You felt my anger
    You stood by, through it all

    You were more than I could imagine
    And You’re greater than I can fathom
    How my heart was like a stone
    And I thought I was alone
    How You proved me I was wrong
    And there’s joy within my song

    And I’ve never felt such love before
    I’ve never felt such love before
    I’ve never felt such love before
    I’ve never felt such love before

    Yes it’s true, Your great love pulled me through
    You will never let me down
    Now I know, not an ounce of doubt within my heart
    You are good, You are good.

    And You’re more than I could imagine
    And You’re greater than I can fathom

    And I’ve never felt such love before
    I’ve never felt such love before
    I’ve never felt such love before
    I’ve never felt such love before

    You are more than I could imagine
    And You’re greater than I can fathom
    How my heart was like a stone
    And I thought I was alone
    How You proved me I was wrong
    And there’s joy within my song

    And I’ve never felt such love before
    I’ve never felt such love before
    I’ve never felt such love before
    I’ve never felt such love before
    No I’ve never felt such love before
    I’ve never felt such love before

  • Go With God

    Look at you two
    Standing there
    In front of the Almighty Father
    All dressed up and
    Ready to share your lives
    He wanted you to love each other

    So, Go with God, my friends.
    And stay together ‘till the very end
    I know He can provide you
    With the love you need
    I pray that He will bless you and I know
    He has and He will
    So go with God (hey-ye...)

    Look at you now
    So in love
    Two hearts devoted forever
    Whatever may come
    You won’t stand alone no more
    ‘Cause from this day
    You’ll have each other

    So, Go with God, my friends.
    And stay together ‘till the very end
    I know He can provide you
    With the love you need
    I pray that He will bless you and I know
    He has and He will
    So go with God

    For better or worse
    In sickness and health
    ‘till death do you part
    This day is your day
    And this is the time
    For a brand new start

    So, Go with God, my friends.
    And stay together ‘till the very end
    I know He can provide you
    With the love you need
    I pray that He will bless you and I know
    He has and He will
    So go with God (hey-ye...)

  • My Heart's Still Beating

    I’ve been listening to this voice in my head
    Telling me that I can’t do anything
    And I started to believe in what it said: nothing matters.
    Spinning round in vicious circles thought it’d never end
    Is this it? Is this life? Will it ever change?
    I looked to you and all I could feel was bitterness
    Then you said

    Stop. Listen.
    It’s not that bad. I’m still here and I still care.
    just stop. Listen.
    Can’t you still hear, my heart is beating for you.

    Some things in life just make me wanna run away
    And all I seem to do is pray to get through the day
    Let it slip, loose my grip, loose everything
    What’s the purpose?
    I get angry and I tell you that I need a change
    But it’s tough, ‘cause it’s my choice anyway
    And I ask myself what’s worth the trouble
    At the end of the day

    Stop. Listen.
    It’s not that bad. I’m still here and I still care.
    Just stop. Listen.
    Can’t you still hear, my heart, still beating.

    For you, aah, for you
    For you, aah, for you

    Stop, listen.
    It’s not that bad. I’m still here and I still care
    Just stop. Listen.
    Can’t you still hear, my heart’s still beating

    Stop. Listen.
    It’s not that bad. I’m still here and I still care.
    Just stop. Listen.
    Can’t you still hear, my heart’s still beating for you.

  • Till It's Over

    Can I rest here?
    On your shoulder
    Till the winds calm
    Till it’s over
    Let the storms roar
    And the thunder
    I’ll be safe here

    Can you tell me
    How you love me
    How you came here
    Just to find me
    If my world falls
    I’ll be o.k.
    You will save me.

    Tell me ‘bout those dreams that you’ve had for me since I was born
    Teach me how to see who I am, through your eyes.
    Hold my hand, hold tight, when I spread my wings and try to fly
    Promise me you’ll catch me, you’ll catch me if I should fall.

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