“This songstress’s soulful sound incorporates hip-hop, jazz and funk that is just as comfortable on the dance floor as at a backyard barbecue."
Grammy-nominated recording artist Maiysha is a striking up & coming figure in contemporary soul music. Her critically acclaimed debut album, This Much Is True:, marked the arrival of a striking up-and-coming figure in contemporary soul music. Her music is elegant and intelligent, hook-laden and envelope-pushing - with a touch of old-school classic style – the kind of new sound that landed her a remarkable 2009 Grammy nomination for her first single “Wanna Be” in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category.
If her music is uncommon, so is Maiysha’s background; the Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter is also a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, former schoolteacher, and successful model with the legendary FORD agency in New York. As she explains it, “My journey wasn’t linear, but it couldn’t have happened any other way.”
In life as in music, Maiysha examines the dualities of striving and setbacks, strength and vulnerability, languor and urgency, sensuality and spirituality. “The whole thing has been incredible—finally finishing the album and seeing long-term goals become short-term possibilities,” she says. “I can’t wait for whatever comes next.”
What's next is a live album, Undercover, recorded at the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club in Manhattan. Inspired by the response to Maiysha's sexy re-working of Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" on ,This Much Is True: and the raw and electrifying live performances she has become known for, Undercover is due to be released in Spring 2010.