From being awarded grand-prize winner in Swallow Hill’s annual Young Songwriters Competition 2016 and releasing her first full length record in June of the same year, Loveland folk-blues singer-songwriter Maya Bennett is on the way to becoming a strong force in the booming, local music scene. Bennett first started playing at the age of 12 when she learned three chords of a song to perform for the first time at a talent show at the historic Rialto Theater in Loveland. The rush of performing was addictive and intoxicating and lead to what has become Bennett’s powerful stage presence and her emotive and complex songwriting style. At the age of 16, Bennett has written 90+ songs and plays weekly in breweries, coffeehouses and anything in between across Colorado. With a unique guitar style, broken up foot drum beats, and strong, emotive vocals, Maya Bennett is not a show to miss.