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Maureen Toth

Air Date: 03-16-16

There is an inherent quality in Toth's forthright material that draws comparisons to Patty Griffin, Joni Mitchell, Shelby Lynne and Lucinda Williams, while her vocals call to mind a more delicate mood akin to that of Beth Orton, Dido, Suzanne Vega and Beth Gibbons of Portishead.

Born and raised in Huntington Station, New York, Toth attended Boston University where she studied voice and began to develop her range. After getting her degree she attended theatre school in Manhattan and then relocated to the Bay Area, where she continued to pursue her musical interests before transplanting to Los Angeles in 2000. Once in L.A., she stepped into the vibrant singer-songwriter scene and met Bernie Larsen, a renowned touring guitarist for Lucinda Williams, Melissa Etheridge, Rickie Lee Jones, Jackson Browne and a member of David Lindley's El Rayo-X. The two began collaborating and in 2004, Larsen’s Spinout Records released Maureen’s debut album Deven Kay, written and performed with fellow musician and close friend, Lora Altounian (the album’s title is a union of their two middle names.)

The collaboration with Larsen continued on the 2010 follow-up, Shine, a ten-song master work of nuanced Americana and lyric driven melodies. Review Fix compared Toth’s songs to "charming coffee house concoctions, warm and full of spice” akin to Sara Bareilles, while Yahoo! Voices applauded the "beautiful storytelling” that "whisks you away like an instant getaway". Larsen and Toth often perform together with Maureen contributing background vocals for Larsen’s solo work and his reggae band Cry On Cue.