Maria Isa is a national award-winning Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, actress, rapper, activist and recording artist born in Minnesota and raised on St. Paul’s West Side barrio where she was a student at El Arco Iris Center for the Arts studying Afro-Boricua performing arts under the artistic direction of Mila Llauger and Evaristo “Tito” Rodriguez. Isa is a recipient of the 2019-2020 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Musicians, CEO of SotaRico Records, directs mentorship for the non-profit organization Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project, co-host and founder of Latina Theory A Spanglish Podcast and 2019 alumni of the Wilder Foundation Community Equity Program.
Maria Isa is an advisor for El Fondo Boricua assisting disaster relief and cultural programming in Puerto Rico by way of the Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation. Isa has performed alongside and opened for artists such as The Roots, Pedrito Martínez, Sheila E, Wu-Tang Clan, Viento De Agua, Los Pleneros de la 21, Tambores Calientes, Tego Calderon, Abrante, Tito El Bambino, Digable Planets, Rakim and Eric B, Yasin Bey, Bad Bunny, Common, Moby, Bomba Estereo, Kendrick Lamar, Ana Tijoux, La India, Wu Tang Clan and many more.
Maria Isa has co-starred in the Latino Independent film Strike One (2014) alongside Hollywood icon Danny Trejo amd starred as Mimi in the Minneapolis Guthrie Broadway production of RENT. Most recently Isa has been nominated as best supporting actress at the New Jersey Web Film Festival for her character Lisette in the web series Fallin’ Off.
Along with being named as one of the State of Minnesota’s top musicians by MPR and the Governor of Minnesota, Isa’s award-winning music has been played on most major networks such as NBC, ABC, FOX, MTV, VH1, Netflix, Telemundo, Univision, Starz, and many more through licensing projects for several sitcoms, film, and video games.
Her latest EP “Amor Universal” produced by YMMI is available now on all major music streaming platforms.