Joe Firstman, Bright Eyes, Fiona Apple, and Marthe Wullf are among her favorite artists.
If she could choose, she'd expand her band with John Mayor or Dave Grohl as guitarists, Flee as a base player, Alicia Keys as a piano player, and Jarle Bernhoft doing the backing vocals.
She got in to music because she felt the need to write lyrics about her own life, and to analyze and understand herself compared to other people.
Maria was only 16 years old when she broke through with her first hit single.
She doesn't preform on any instrument except her voice.
Her lyrics are personal, but rarely private.
Maria Mena: (on choice of music)) I've always tried to be really honest and really direct and not hide anything.
Another Phase was Maria's first album. It was released in Norway in 2002.
"My Lullaby" was her first hit single, released in 2002.
Maria Mena: I don't fit in anywhere and I've come to embrace that. I like it because I'm odd, I'm weird, I'm hard-to-get. I think all artists are misfits. It takes something extra to be able to explore yourself like that, to give so much of yourself.
Maria Mena: I want to be both a studio artist and a live artist. It's important to meet with the audience. It's very exciting, especially on Norwegian Wood [A Norwegian music festival], which I feel strongly about.