Writing music comes easy for campus musician

By Ryan Norris
October 10, 2002

Maria Chambers

Writing her own music and lyrics since she began playing guitar at the age of 16, Maria Chambers said, “Music comes easier than lyrics.”

Chambers, a senior English and communications major, is currently the training director of the college radio station, “The Burn.”

Chambers can be found playing on the steps outside of Founder’s Hall, or in the recording studio of the radio station creating works of art with her guitar and her voice.

In her senior year of high school, Chambers gave guitar lessons to one of her friends and now “she’s awesome,” and Chambers said, “I’m proud.”

During her first year at Cabrini, she said most people knew her as “The Guitar Girl.” That year, every week before class Chambers gave her teacher guitar lessons.

Chambers usually dabbles in folk tunes, but she can play any type of music, she said. When she is not pouring out originals, Chambers covers songs that she enjoys.

“I’m going to play for the rest of my life,” Chambers said. “I’m always going to try to get recorded, but no matter what it will always be a hobby.”

Chambers is currently looking into audio engineering for a career. From her own experience creating music and from the background knowledge she has gained from working at the college radio station, Chambers is excited for her future. Her music has been heard around campus and as Brain Fry, a junior, said “It’s so good. I have it on my computer; I do a little dance.”

Haven McMickle, a junior, said hearing Chambers’ music is “A beautiful way to start the day.”

Chambers is from Mt. Ephraim, N.J. where she has two younger sisters. Growing up, she said, “I always wanted to take guitar lessons but my mom didn’t let me. So I waited until I had enough money and then, on my own, started taking guitar lessons.”

On Monday nights Chambers plays at The Gryphon in Wayne, and on Tuesday nights she plays open mic night at The Point.

While playing at The Point one Tuesday, she won two free recording hours at Silverton Studios. They award this prize to their favorite person of the night. This Friday she is going to Silvertone Studios in Ardmore to record a demo of about two or three of her favorite songs.

Recently, Chambers played played a 45-minute set at the Newton Colony Arts Festival in Collingswood, N.J.

She said it is “a good release for all kinds of emotions. Music is pretty much my passion.” Chambers thanks her friends for inspiring and encouraging her.

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