Singer Songwriter Maureen Toth was born and raised in Huntington Station, New York. After high school, she attended Boston University where she studied voice in her spare time, falling in love with that form of expression. She eventually ended up in Los Angeles for work, but continued to pursue her interest in music. “Soon after I started playing guitar I began to realize that it was very important to me to be able to express myself through music,” she said.
L.A. has a vibrant singer-songwriter scene and she quickly found her place in it. It is there where she met renowned touring guitarist, Bernie Larsen. Bernie has played for artist like Lucinda Williams, Melissa Etheridge, Rickie Lee Jones, and Jackson Browne.
In 2004 Maureen and Bernie collaborated on her debut album, Deven Kay, and again in 2010 the two paired for her follow-up record, Shine. In 2016, she released her third CD, Cut Flowers, which was a heavily folk-infused project. And in May of this year, Maureen released her latest, a five song EP, BLUR, her fourth studio project. This particular effort blends her folk skills together with rock influences creating a more powerful sound.
Maureen says her songwriting is more organic than planned, suggesting that she actually started writing the songs for her current project a few years ago. “Some were finished, some were half finished, and a few weren’t written yet – but I realized that this was the body of work for this particular time frame in my life; and I wanted to release these particular songs as a group. I think all of the songs reflect nicely in terms of my life over the last few years.”
Although she’s not a full-time musician, Maureen does work in the entertainment agency as a below the line agent, where she gets to work with folks who work behind the scenes in the film industry. “I think that’s my right brain part of things,” she laughed. “The left brain (passion) part of me gets to write, and record, and play music.”