Maia Santell and House Blend is a four, five or six piece dance band with twenty three years experience performing in the Northwest, at weddings, cruises, private parties, casinos, lounges, dances, festivals, including such leading venues as NW Dance Network, Sonny Newman's Dance Hall, Jazz Alley, Studio 6 Ballroom in Tacoma, Seattle Singles Yacht Club, Jazzbones, The New Orleans Restaurant in Seattle's Pioneer Square, Portage Bay Yacht Club, St. Michelle Wineries, Waterways Cruises, Muckleshoot Casino, Argosy Cruises, The Space Needle, the Commencement Bay Jazz Festival, Gray Sky Blues Festival, to name a few. The band's repertoire consists of Swing, Blues, Rock, Big Band, Jazz Standards, Latin, Classic Rock, Rhythm and Blues, Jump Blues, Motown, Oldies and Contemporary Favorites. They are also known around the region as a "Dancing with the Stars" style musical ensemble, and perform frequently for professional ballroom and swing dancers and coaches. Lead vocalist and bandleader, Maia Santell, performs a vast repertoire of classic songs associated with artists like Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Diana Krall, Duke Ellington, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Patsy Cline, Asleep At The Wheel, Linda Ronstadt, Peggy Lee, Glen Miller Orchestra, The Beatles, Stevie Wondor, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Michael Buble, Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Manhattan Transfer, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Brazil 66, Wilson Pickett, Creedence Clearwater, The Rolling Stones, Santana, Eric Clapton, Brian Setzer, Brooks and Dunn, Antonio Carlos Jobim and more! Maia Santell and House Blend has studied the art of dance and knows the appropriate tempos, rhythms and song selection that dancers love and appreciate! The size and compilation of the band varies according to the venue and the nature of the engagement.
Doug Bright of the Heritage Music Review says,
"Maia Santell is one of the Northwest's most dynamic and refreshingly believable vocalists. Her phrasing is impeccable and her voice is warm and natural, totally free of the contrived theatricality that besets many of her local contemporaries. Supported by the seasoned musicians of House Blend, she offers one of the most brilliant sounds in the local music scene."