MARIA

Award-winning artist-filmmaker Maria Elizabeth Del Rey creates fresh work for young people that articulates the architecture of social justice principles through songs, concerts, and films.

Since 1989 she has released over 60 international award-winning media titles in multiple languages, in the family media market.

Maria was the founder and publisher of ChildGood Magazine, The Journal for Creative Families. The magazine grew to reach thousands of readers in over 49 countries and consistently listed in the Top 10 for best family magazines in the world on Apple's 'What's Hot List' for over 170 weeks on Newsstand. 

As a family media producer Maria is responsible for over one million internationally distributed units of music, videos, and children’s educational books in collaboration with companies such as Time Warner, Disney, Hampton Brown, Random House, and Family Circus.

Among many honors and awards, Maria is a Latin Grammy Award Nominated producer and four-time Parents’ Choice Award Winner of Gold, Silver and Honorable Mention awards. She was also invited to represent the children of the Americas at the United Nations Global Peace Initiative for Women in Geneva, Switzerland. Maria was honored as one of 50 state-role-model women of accomplishment to inspire at-risk girls by The Pennsylvania Commission for Women.

 "Maria Del Rey is the real thing!" 
Los Angeles Times

 

"Del Rey delivers...She is a stellar talent." 
Amazon.com

 

"For those of us that are privileged to know a little more about her (Maria Del Rey), she is also a well-organized producing, writing, and marketing machine. Most important of all, she is a warm ray of sunshine in any room she enters."

Jim Shaw Producer Songwriter 
Buck Owens, Ringo Starr, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood

 


"Maria is an extraordinary multi-dimensional woman, mother, performer, chief visionary officer, and strategic planner." 

New Paradigm Digest Founder 

 

“As the executive editor of Living Language, a division of Random House, Inc. which focuses on producing and publishing text and audio materials for language learners. “I’ve had ample opportunity to work with Maria Del Rey. Maria’s professionalism, her ever-present enthusiasm for her work, her sensitivity for our specific needs, and her impeccable style make it a pleasure to do business with her. Maria never hesitates to go the extra mile to please her customers and therefore I do not doubt that she will succeed in any endeavor she may embark upon."

Helga Schier Ph.D. - Executive Editor, Living Language, Random House

 

”Congratulations on your extraordinary achievements. Your presence in this book and your legacy as a role model for young girls will help to assure a future filled with impressive women leaders throughout the commonwealth."

Leslie Stiles, Former Director, The Pennsylvania Commission for Women 

 

"Maria Del Rey underscores the notion that beautiful music knows no language barrier!''

Publishers Weekly

 

“Maria Del Rey’s Universe of Song - In which we find the millennium bringing us kids songs in English and Spanish as the urban dweller gets to give their kids a head start on interacting in the real world.  Expertly presented by Maria Del Rey, Kids like to have fun in any language, and this is a sweet reflection of it.”

Mid West Record Recap

 

“Here is a music production that is truly an important work for any collector; Lullabies of Latin America by Maria Del Rey sang in both Spanish and English with 28 titles in total.”  (Translated from the Spanish article)

Luis Felipe Marsans Diario de las Americas

 

"Maria Del Rey’s Lullabies of Latin America is a perfect beginning for a whole new generation of bilingual babies.”

Booklist

 

“Recommended as one of the top three gifts for Mother’s Day.’’

The Miami Herald

 

“Music that you and your baby will adore.”

Shape Fit Pregnancy

 

"I believe Maria Del Rey has the drive, vision, and products to do very well as an entrepreneur. Her spirited energy and her creativity serve and inspire her and her colleagues. I am glad that I had an early opportunity to invest in her and I wish her well."

Sara Miller McClune Publishing Executive and Philanthropist

 

"We are fortunate to have talented, visionaries like Maria Del Rey creating positive magic in the media. She makes such a difference in the lives of our children, our communities and our world." 

A. Towbes

 

"When I evaluate an investment, I begin with the people. Having known Maria for some years before investing, I have repeatedly observed her ability to manifest her goals. She understands all aspects of her projects and repeatedly brings them to fruition. In addition to her integrity, she can create win/wins that are extraordinary."

P. Spellman 

 

Maria is an extraordinary multi-dimensional woman, mother, performer, chief visionary officer, and strategic planner. At one point in her career, I invested in a CD and was delighted to receive a nice return on my investment. Since then Maria has impressed me with her vision and actions, and I would suggest to anyone considering funding or working with Maria to move ahead. Only good can come of an association with Maria.”

J. Hutner

 

"The performances ignited the imaginations of our students and family audiences as they traveled through Latin America with Maria and her beautiful songs, dances, and music as their guide. Our audiences were thrilled with Maria's warmth, energy, interaction, and memorable music."
Jason Holland Education Department Manager
Orange County Performing Arts Center

 

"That was a most delightful morning. I can tell from your reviews, accolades, awards and such that you do not lack from pats on the back, but I'm going to give you another one anyway.  You deserve, have earned, each scintilla of praise you receive.  Not only was I impressed with your obvious talent, but also with your knowledge and study of the many interwoven aspects you cover (music, teaching, children, multiple languages and cultures, interpersonal communication) and your ability to not only know communicate eloquently and with ease on such a breadth of topics, but to embody them in the whole of your presentation.  You spoke of empowering and nurturing, and this you did for everyone at every age and intellectual level which was there in attendance.  You are a shining example of all you profess.  It was, in short, delightful.  On behalf of all those in attendance and from all six campuses my sincerest thanks.”

Royston Thomas Associate Dean - Special Projects Los Angeles Community Colleges /CREATE LA

 

“Maria Del Rey was a joy to have in the state of Nebraska.  She is a professional producer and vibrant personality that brought many different towns and communities together to celebrate through music and stories.  Her time in Nebraska, especially for the children she inspired, will never be forgotten.”  (15-concert Nebraska state ambassadorial concert and school residency tour)
Laura Kendall - Assistant Director of Community Engagement and Learning
Lied Center for Performing Arts

 

"The spirit of this work is of the highest quality. I recommend your work as an excellent way to immerse new and advanced students of Spanish in a poetic musical work of great clarity and purity.  Well done!''

Robert Arce, professor of Spanish, Ventura College (CA)

 

"This creative recording is the most beautiful children's music. It is magical, loving, nurturing, comfortable, adoring.  This is what children will thrive upon, a cultural recipe that is better than chicken soup, holiday bread, tamales or Yorkshire pudding.''

Ingrid Elkin, Director, Four Winds School in Ojai CA

 

“The lullabies in this series are very traditional and as I listened to them I was reminded of the times I heard my grandmother singing them to my younger brother.  Needless to say, she probably sang them to me as well.  The lullabies were wonderful to listen to since I had long lost the lyrics and only the melodies remained.”

Margarita Gonzalez-Jenson - Arizona State University West, Phoenix, Multicultural Review

 

Lullabies of Latin America has fast become one of our favorite titles.''

New York Public Library

 

Lullabies of Latin America is a musical gem! The musical arrangement combined with Maria’s melodic voice makes each song unique and special.  The songs conjure colorful images of love, spirituality, freedom, and nature.  Some are whimsical and fun.  Lullabies, whether sung or spoken will always connect mother, child, and the earth.”

Fran Schmidt, Founder of the Peace Foundation, Educator.

 

“My daughter has had a most positive experience with the Spanish culture after seeing Maria Del Rey perform at her school.  Maria Del Rey’s joy, vivacity, and personality are so refreshing to kids learning Spanish.  Thank you for creating such a pleasant exposure to the Spanish culture to which any child can relate.”

S. Baldwin, Parent

 

“If you’re looking for music that will not only soothe your little ones but also calm your nerves, pick up Maria Del Rey’s latest.  Del Rey incorporates many vivid yet tranquil images on her album of Latin American poems and lullabies, recorded in Spanish and English. The recitations are as enjoyable as the songs.”

Rhythm-World Music and Global Culture

 

“Maria Del Rey has a voice that is both clear and colorful with the beauty and soul of song.”

Oakland Press

 

Lullabies of Latin America honors and celebrates the beauty and soul of the countries of Latin America.  This is an enchanting assortment of music that has and will forever be the main connection through generations to come.”

Latin Style Magazine

 

“My children are listening to your new CD.  One called down to tell us how beautiful Maria is (the music).  Each night when I put her to bed she still tells me to “turn Maria on.”  It is so wonderful to be a part of distributing music as rich and beautiful as yours."

Record Executive at Rounder Kids

 

Maria Del Rey was chosen personally by film director Ridley Scott to represent the face of Latin America for a Bank of England project.

Ridley Scott - Director

 

 In 2002, Hampton - Brown, a publisher of educational materials for bilingual and ESL students, asked Maria Del Rey to contribute to its new Elementary ESL program. What began as an ordinary project became an extraordinary collaboration between a sparkling talent and a demanding industry.  Maria's unflagging energy and commitment to the project resulted in a product that exceeded expectations. Her songs and recordings transcend their educational purpose, bringing joy as well as learning into the classroom.  It would be enough that Maria's creative talent soars above the ordinary that it is as infectious as one of her Latin rhythms, but it exceeds even that.  Working with Maria is like opening a surprise package filled with delights. She enriches the imagination and the heart. She is the song she sings. 

Shirley Ann Costigan, Hampton Brown Publisher

The Pennsylvania Commission for Women in partnership with The Smithsonian Institute has created a traveling exhibit of portraits and stories of the top role models in the state of Pennsylvania to travel through the state to share with children. Maria Del Rey’s portrait and her story are among the esteemed women.  The exhibit started at the John Heinz Smithsonian Museum in Pittsburg 2008, is now at the Harrisburg State Museum 2009 and then to its final home in Philadelphia in 2010.

Awards

Latin Grammy Award, Nomination, Best Children's Recording in The Americas

Miami Herald, The Order of the Silver Knight

Pennsylvania Commission for Women, Hispanic Role Model

YWCA Racial Justice Award - Voices Role Model Book

Parents Choice, Gold Award Lullabies of Latin America

Parents Choice, Silver Honor- Universe of Song

Parents Choice, Honor Award - Peanut Man

Ben Franklin Award- Publishing Marketers - Family Circus

NAPPA Award, Gold Award for Lullabies of Latin America

Rotary International, Living Treasure Award

Parents Choice, The Peanut Man

Carnegie Centennial Award, Harlem Residency program

Parents Council Selection, Lyric Language

United Nations Geneva, Switzerland Delegate performer representing the Children of the Americas.

 

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