London pop luminary, Maria Manuel, sold ‘Sanctuary’ in her emotion-driven slice of soul


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The London-based pop sensation, Maria Manuel, exhibited her vocal versatility in the RnB spliced sublime single, Sanctuary, which will hit the airwaves on the 11th of July.

The singer-songwriter, who has been cutting her teeth as a music producer, borrowed a few mellow synth-pop tones from 80s icons for her latest single, as her vocal lines bear reminiscence to the same timbre which saw the UK enamoured by Alexandra Burke’s honeyed harmonies.

While the swathed-in-shimmering-reverb instrumentals smooth out the release, Maria Manuel adds the crescendos with her stridently arresting high notes, bringing the lyricism viscerally to life in her emotion-driven slice of soul.

Amelia Vandergast, the Executive Editor at A&R Factory said:

“If Maria Manuel can still be considered a rising star, she’s already beyond our galaxy with her engrossingly progressive singles.”


After feeling a strong connection to music from a young age, Maria Manuel found her voice and distinctive musical style while her passion for music evolved.

Her career highlights include playing for BBC Introducing Live and her seminal single, Happy Place, being in heavy rotation on Amazing Radio. The same single also saw her become a semi-finalist in a UK & International songwriting competition.

To date, Maria has released seven singles, all of which have received a rapturous reception from industry tastemakers and pop fans alike. Further into her career, she was selected by the Electric Noir Studio, and her single True has featured on the videogame, Unmasked, which has been marketed in 175 countries worldwide.

Source A&R Factory

July 20, 2023 5:49pm ET by A&R Factory  


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