Maria Elizabeth Leise (마리아; born Sep 21, 2000), simply known as Maria, is an American singer based in South Korea. She is known for her participation in the reality show UHSN and her appearance in Hidden Singer. In 2020, Maria became a contestant in the Korean survival show Miss Trot 2.
Stage Name: Maria
Full Name: Maria Elizabeth Leise
Korean Name: 마리아
Birth Place: United States
Birthday: Sep 21, 2000
-Age trivia: Maria was 20 years old (international age) when she became a contestant in the show Miss Trot season 2.
-Special ability: vocals.
-Her dream is to become a kpop singer.
-Her first kpop song was EXO Call Me Baby.
-She taught herself Korean in 2 years. She is fluent now.
-She studied at the Born Star K-pop Training Center. She had lessons in vocal, dance, and acting.
-Style: fun, young, charming.
-Favorite song to sing: Butterly (BTS).
-Favorite artist: The Boyz – Jacob or Kevin.
-She appeared on the show Hidden Singer season 6, ep 11
-She participated in the 2019 Mnet reality show UHSN.
-Prior to moving to Korea, she trained at a NY based talent company, performed in Times Squre, and won several competitions.
-She won a roundtrip ticket to South Korea as a first place prize.
-Her hope is to become the first and/or best white American Kpop singer.
-She attended the Ledyard Vo-Ag program but later transferred to Norwich Free Academy as a sophomore.
-She attended Berklee College of Music in Boston for a 5-week music program.