Maggie Galloway

Vocalist

“The classic songs of American jazz have been covered so many times that it takes an exceptional singer to make them come alive. Maggie Galloway is such a songstress.” 
-The Boston Globe

Boston-based vocalist Maggie Galloway has been performing around New England for more than three decades and has led her own club band for twenty years. She has released two recordings as a leader: More Than You Know on the Brownstone label and Azure on Little Muse Records.

Her first disc was named an "Editor's Choice" by Cadence magazine in a poll of the best records of 1998, a “CD of the Week” by the Jazz Review, a "Pick of the Week" in The Boston Globe, and “Best Female Vocal Jazz CD” in Cape Town, South Africa which invited her to Cape Town to perform in 2000 and 2001. It also led to her nomination for Outstanding Jazz Vocalist of the Boston Music Awards.

Galloway grew up near Flint, Michigan where community music performance inspired her. She studied summers at Michigan’s acclaimed Interlochen Arts Academy and was awarded a scholarship to study classical voice at the University of Michigan. Her first exposure to jazz came at the university and she soon began singing with a jazz trio.

She left college for a year on the road throughout the Midwest with a Top 40 show-band, and then resumed her education at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee she received several awards including two DeeBee Awards from DownBeat magazine. An award from the American Collegiate Talent Search led to a U.S.O. tour of Asia and the Pacific Islands. She also shared the stage with numerous club bands including Pleasure Pointe and Nightrunners before finding her niche interpreting the American Songbook.


"Over many decades as a professional jazz and classical guitarist, with an international career, I have been privileged to work with three dozen superb singers of diverse genres and backgrounds. By far the finest was the American jazz singer Maggie Galloway—the most musical, the most flexible, the most artistic. She can sing anything. She has an uncanny ability to communicate a song’s meaning and to reach deep into its essence, while responding instantaneously to what the musicians around her are doing. She understands on every level what the composers and lyricists are after."  

Anthony Weller, Musician and Writer


“Her repertory takes us through the realms of thoughtful jazz and into pure inventiveness, but always with a musicality and richness of feeling that carries deep respect for the nature of the text and its meaning.  To hear her is an expedition into lyricism.”

—Peter Davison (1928-2004)