"Maria Viktoria Mena" (born February 19 1986) is a Norwegian pop artist.
Maria Mena was born into an artistic family. Her mother wrote plays and her father Charles was a drummer. Both Maria and her younger brother Tony are named after characters from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story.
Her father played in several bands in Oslo, which influenced Maria towards music. When Maria was nine years old her parents divorced, which was very rough on Maria. She suffered from depression and developed an eating disorder.
When Maria was 13 years old she moved to live with her musician father. She sang and wrote lyrics as a therapy for her feelings and frustration. Not all the stories in her diary became songs, but "My Lullaby" was one of them, expressing her pain from her parents' divorce. After pleading with her father to make a demo, he contacted some industry experts to record Maria's songs in the studio. Then he presented his daughter's demo to the music industry. Sony Music signed Maria Mena to their label.