Maria (real name Meria Aires) (born February 16, 1989) is the most successful female singer in Brunei. In the Pelangi Awards, Maria bagged the top honours; she was nominated for Best Female Vocal Artist and Best Duo/Band, and she won. Bisik Hati is her most successful single to date, debuted at number 1 in Pelangi Countdown.
Maria became a successful artist when she won the 2005 Kristal Idol contest in conjunction with His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam’s birthday celebrations. Maria never aimed for a career in singing, but her talent has come naturally.
Maria debuted her first album with the band N’Destine, and is due to release her second album in early / mid February. Maria is also currently nominated for Brunei’s most popular female singer. With a humble attitude and a personal commitment towards doing her best on whatever she does, Maria is a top-flight singer who can hold her own against other, foreign artists. Maria has performed at various state functions such as His KBDYM Majesty’s Birthday and she also regularly performs at corporate events such as those from Baiduri Bank Group (she is a spokeswoman for this bank’s FAST product) and TOTAL. Maria won Most Popular Female Artist at the 2008 Radio Television Brunei awards.
She released an album, ‘Sesaat Kau Hadir’, on May 23, 2009. She released her new single “Cinta Ku” song collaboration with composer Lily Chiam. On the 13 of February 2011, she launched her new single Biar Sampai Akhir at Kallang CC Singapore song with Merah band from Singapore, together with an official music video produced by Singaporean production company Merah In Motion. Aires will be representing Brunei at the first ABU Radio Song Festival 2012, which is scheduled to take place at the KBS Concert Hall in Seoul, South Korea on 11 October 2012. -wikipedia