You may remember her as 'Maria-Maria.' She started as an intern here at the station and then segued into a morning show co-host here on Kickin' 100.5. When she came to work, she always came with a smile and a dream. The smile was fixed on her face and a dream of writing songs and moving to Nashville was part of her dream.

We talked to Maria Hassel a few days ago. She said she was 'sitting on her bed, drinking coffee and writing songs, in Nashville.' She went on to say, I'm getting to live the dream. I get to wake up, write songs and most days that's dreamy enough but now I get to to take another step. I get to play The Bluebird Lounge in Nashville.

Many country artists have cut their teeth by playing the legendary Nashville spot. Now, it's Maria Hassels turn.

According to the Bluebird website:

Maria Hassel: Born and raised in South Dakota and current Nashville songwriter, Maria Hassel has roots in the country, but finds inspiration in pop. She perfectly blends catchy pop melodies with relatable lyrics, effortlessly making all listeners feel like a friend. In August, Maria released her debut pop single, “Anxiety” which now has over 75,000 streams on Spotify. Her next single, “After Midnight” will be available everywhere on October 18.

Coming soon, I'll feature Maria again here, so keep checking back. In the meantime, I wanted to make sure you knew about her appearance tonight in Nashville!