Grammy Nominated + Soul Train Award-Winning Vocalist
Maysa Leak was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and knew by the time she was six that she would be a musician. “I was six years old when my mom took me to see Purlie,” she recalls. “When Melba Moore came on stage and sang her heart out, I knew at that moment I wanted to make people feel the way she made me feel.” Maysa graduated from Morgan State University with a degree in classical performance, meeting Stevie Wonder while a student. Upon graduating she moved to North Hollywood to join Wonder’s Wonderlove group, with whom she performed for a year, appearing on the Jungle Fever soundtrack and such television shows as Oprah and The Tonight Show. In the early Nineties, Maysa auditioned over the phone to become the new lead singer of the acclaimed British Jazz/Funk/R&B band Incognito, moving to London for four-and-a-half years. She has appeared on over nine Incognito recordings and continues to appear frequently as a featured vocalist. Maysa recorded her self-titled debut album for GRP in 1995, following it up with All My Life in 1999, Out Of The Blue in 2002 and Smooth Sailing in 2004. She then made an impact with her interpretations of classic soul music on two acclaimed albums for Shanachie Entertainment, Sweet Classic Soul (2005) and Feel The Fire (2007), on which she showed her ability to put her own unique stamp on familiar songs from the 1970s era. Metamorphosis (2008) showed off Maysa’s prowess as a composer and A Woman In Love (2010) found her returning to her roots as a jazz singer. Motions Of Love (2011) was highlighted by the ballad “Have Sweet Dreams,” co-written by Stevie Wonder (who plays harmonica on the track) and inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as “Flower Girl,” a duet with Dwele. Blue Velvet Soul (2013) scored Maysa’s first Grammy nomination, for her performance of the song “Quiet Fire.” “Earning a Grammy nomination has been one of the highlights of my career. I had dreamt about this moment since I was a little girl.” A Very Maysa Christmas (2014) delighted fans as the dynamic artist released her first ever holiday album and Back 2 Love (2015) was yet another tour-de-force that further solidified Maysa's place as one of the greatest singers of our time.