Born in South America, now a US Citizen, Maria started on television at the age of 10, in Chile, her native country. At the age of 17, Maria won the lead acting role in theater, at the national competition and has won awards in poetry and song writing. Later, she moved to the United States, where she took 1st place, singing at the California State Fair, then 2nd place at the Sacramento TV Talent and 2nd place, singing at the State Fair in Montana. She has won numerous talent contests as a solo and duo, with her husband, also equally talented. As performers, they were asked to entertain at the Worley's Casino in North Idaho. In 2004 Kirk and Maria moved to Nashville, Tennessee where they performs on local TV channels. In 2004 and 2005 this duet performed for Smart Country TV Show with singer Jimmy Smart. Later in 2005, María was invited to sing for the Winters Brothers TV Show and also Nashville On Stage and both have performed for audiences in Kentucky and Arkansas. In 2006 María sang for the Singer/Songwriter TV Show. In 2008 María was interviewed and performed with her husband on Spanish TV (Telemundo). Had the pleasure to talk to Ronny Robbins who has heard "Return To Me" by his late father, Marty Robbins and María as a duet, a reproduction using his father's original music and vocal track. He liked this original version and encouraged María to pursue the release of this English/Spanish song. She has not been able to legally introduce it to listeners, therefore this duet has been cut with Kirk who is a singer of Traditional Country songs. He grew up listening to Merl Haggard, David Houston, George Jones, Jack Green among others. He has entertained audiences in North Idaho, Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee and hoping to be invited to sing in Texas, Missouri, Alabama, and to be heard on Radio Stations in the USA and Europe with his single release "Loving and Losing You", penned by Austin Turner. Another song by Austin- "Only Me to Blame"- already playing on radio stations. He has won numerous contests and performing duet with his wife María. She has a single "Beyond this World" and Return To Me, which were played in Austria, Germany, New Zealand among others. María appeared in the Nashville Music Guide of July 2006 and also the Nashville Memphis Music magazine. Presently, María is working to be in the release of Ariadne’s Thread, an independent movie, under Director/Producer Lisa Abell. She has also finished filming Love Journey, an independent film by Director/Producer Leo Hall and it was premiered in Nashville TN, June 2009. Oct 2009 Kirk and Maria Benham had the pleasure and opportunity to sing at Loretta Lynn's Ranch. Recently appeared in 2 short Film Sitcoms by Director/Producer Adam Drake.
Interviews with Kirk and Maria Benham in 2010
Country Rose Radio Station in Maine, USA
Eddie Ford in Phoenix, Australia
DJ Boogie-Boy in Holland