Maarja-Liis Ilus, sometimes better known by her performing name Maarja (born December 24, 1980 in Tallinn, Estonia) is a pop musician. Maarja has achieved some chart success in a number of countries across Europe and Asia. She has also represented her native Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest twice, and is often credited as being the first Estonian solo artist to achieve international chart success.
Maarja-Liis Ilus' music career started at the age of 4, when she debuted in the musical film "Õnneseen" ("Lucky Fellow"). She also performed with the Estonian Television children's choir and 1996 saw the release of her self-titled debut album Maarja.
In 1996, Maarja became a true household name of Estonia for representing Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 1996 with the song "Kaelakee Hääl" (in a duet with Ivo Linna) which would go onto finish 5th at the contest, held in Oslo that year.