Maria Gertsjak

FRESH: ‘Gather Up Your Pieces’ – Maria Gertsjak

Estonian born singer Maria Gertsjak releases the powerful “Gather Up Your Pieces”.

by Christopher Smith

Maria Gertsjak is a Helsinki based singer-songwriter from Estonia. Already as a young girl Maria knew she wanted to sing and write songs. Throughout her musical career she has been creating music in different genres. She is constantly trying new things and taking new directions in her songwriting.

Maria likes to call her songs as a big bowl of salad: she writes beautiful ballads, groovy pop/rock songs and cheerful folkish songs in English and in her mother tongue Estonian. The songwriter has also the ability to masterfully blend different music genres while maintaining her recognizable sound.

Bands and artists like Adele, Janelle Monae, Sia, Nickelback, John Mayer, Sara Bareilles, Coldplay and Espreranza Spalding are big favourites of Maria and have definitely influenced her songwriting greatly. Her versatile taste in music also explains her ability to commute between music styles.

“Gather Up Your Pieces” is an empowering break-up ballade which amplifies the positive in a break-up. It’s about getting out of negative and absorbing relationships with selfish people and just being strong and holding your head high no matter what. The song is written by Maria herself and produced by a young and talented Finnish producer Ossi Mäkelä. This song is their first collaboration of many to come as well the first song in English that Maria has released on Spotify.

For more about Maria, check out her official FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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