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Maysa – Back 2 Love

One of the leading soul singers of her time Maysa has grown to the queen of hearts. Known as top vocalist of the British Jazz-Funk band Incognito she regularly release her own solo projects. Maysa (1995), All My Life (2000), Out Of The Blue (2002), Smooth Sailing (2004), Sweet Classic Soul (2006), Feel The Fire (2007), Metamorphosis (2008), A Woman in Love (2010), Motions Of Love (2011), Blue Velvet Soul (2013) and A Very Maysa Christmas (2014) are her previous albums. Back 2 Love is her newest project.

Maysa comments꞉ “The music represents who I am as a woman and a human being who lives to love people. As a professional singer I should be able to sing anything and my records are just me trying to love everyone. And that’s why I am proud to be able to go from Jazz to R&B to Pop, etc.”

The album already reveals with the first track the new direction. Back 2 Love is wrapped as a dance tune to appeal younger audience. Fortunately Maysa still presents her unaltered natural voice as we love it. Keep It Movin’ grooves in R&B style featuring Stokley, lead singer of the group Mint Condition. In the smooth jazz genre, we meet him on recordings by Brian Culbertson, U-Nam or Boney James.

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Maysa – Back 2 Love

Back 2 BackThere are very few singers on the contemporary scene who have a unique, instantly identifiable vocal sound; there are even fewer who have the stylistic range to encompass both Jazz and R&B in their performances. Grammy-nominated Soul/Jazz diva Maysa, who celebrates her 20th year as a recording artist this year, marks that achievement with her new album Back 2 Back, a tour-de-force that validates her status as the greatest Soul-Jazz singer of her generation-the latest in a distinguished line of singers that stretches back through Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Will Downing, Angela Bofill, Marlena Shaw and more recently, Ledisi and Chrisette Michele.

Back 2 Love, which is set for a May 26th release, may be her widest-ranging album yet, incorporating contemporary R&B, jazzy Soul balladry, straight-up dance music, inspirational pop and more. With production from the likes of J.R. Hutson (Jill Scott, Earth, Wind & Fire), Lorenzo Johnson (Ledisi), Stokley Williams (Mint Condition, Kelly Price, Wale’), and Chris “Big Dog” Davis (Kim Burrell, George Clinton), the album coheres around Maysa’s peerless vocalizing highlighted by her amazingly rich, evocative vocal tone. That’s the sound that led her mentor Stevie Wonder to proclaim “Maysa is WONDERful!” In the wake of her first Grammy nomination and Soul Train Music Award, it seems that the world-at-large is finally recognizing just how special an artist Maysa is.

Back 2 Love represents the fact that I’m ready to get back to having a personal life with a very special man in my life. I have worked hard on my career so I could take care of us (my son and I). My son is almost 16 and I think he is old enough to have a mom who is going to be dating and possibly married. The music is exactly who I am. Being a Shanachie artist, I was always given the freedom to express who I am musically but this time I feel like spiritually we all went to a pure place to get this music. The music represents who I am as a woman and a human being who lives to love people. As a professional singer I should be able to sing anything and my records are just me trying to love everyone. And that’s why I am proud to be able to go from Jazz to R&B to Pop, etc.” Continue reading

Maysa – A Very Maysa Christmas

The world is flooded with Christmas albums. Do we need another one with the same old Christmas hymns? When Maysa is the performing artist, definitely yes. On A Very Maysa Christmas (2014) she works together with the excellent producer and keyboardist Chris “Big Dog” Davis.

Further musicians on this albums are Ace Livingston (bass), Rhon Lawrence, Wayne Bruce and Randy Boland (guitar), Thomas Dyani Akuru and Jazz Leak Akuru (percussion), Dexter Pettyway (drums), Gerald Albright (sax) and a large number of singers.

The album starts with the popular Christmas hymn Joy To The World. After an excellent intro Maysa introduces to her impressive choral arrangement. She approaches the song with a jazzy treat and a faster pace. She also gives Jingle Bells a new direction in this style.

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Maysa – A Very Maysa Christmas

AVeryMaysaChristmasOn October 28, 2014 Maysa will release her first and highly anticipated holiday album A Very Maysa Christmas. “I’ve been wanting to do a Christmas record for years,” shares the dynamic and down to earth vocalist who has emerged as the best jazz/soul vocalists of her generation.

“I hope people enjoy my take on the songs they’ve heard done by hundreds of artists over the years. My biggest wish for mankind is that people truly learn what it means to love yourself. I believe a healthy self esteem is the basis for true happiness.”

A Very Maysa Christmas features Maysa’s innovative arrangements of such favorites as “Joy To The World,” “Jingle Bells,” “The First Noel,” “Christmas Time Is Here” and “The Little Drummer Boy.” Maysa is joined by special guests Gerald Albright on “Silver Bells” and Will Downing on Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas.”

“I was blessed to have three great musicians who are not only like brothers to me but mentors join me on the album. I’ve learned a lot from the both of them. My producer Chris ‘Big’ Dog Davis is another fabulous musician. The three of them shine like diamonds!

A Very Maysa Christmas
also features the superb Maysa original “It’s The Holidays” and the moving Edwin Hawkins “Pray For Peace,” which is a meditation Maysa delivers with the hopes of spreading healing and peace throughout the world.

Maysa – Blue Velvet Soul

The outstanding singer Maysa writes music history since many years. Famous as lead-vocalist of the British Jazz-Funk band Incognito she constantly continues her own projects.

For collectors of her music her discography: Maysa (1995), All My Life (2000), Out Of The Blue (2002), Smooth Sailing (2004), Sweet Classic Soul (2006), Feel The Fire (2007), Metamorphosis (2008), A Woman in Love (2010), Motions Of Love (2011) and this year Blue Velvet Soul.

This album is stylistically a change compared to her previous records. Maysa explains: “Well, this record is not jazz-influenced at all. I do a little bit of scatting here and there. Most of my records have had a jazz influence. But I find myself leaning more towards R&B music right now and doing it the old school way. R&B, soul music and funk music is in my spirit, it’s in my soul, in my DNA.”

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Maysa – Motions Of Love

Maysa Leak, best known by her mononym Maysa, is one of the leading jazz and soul singer of our time. She became popular by her work as lead-vocalist of the British Jazz-Funk band Incognito. Since 1991 she is integral part of this group and has strongly influenced the band’s vocal style. Her first album with Incognito was Tribes, Vibes and Scribes (1992).

In her solo career she expands in the smooth jazz genre with the albums Maysa (1995), All My Life (2000), Out Of The Blue (2002), Smooth Sailing (2004), Sweet Classic Soul (2006), Feel The Fire (2007), Metamorphosis (2008), A Woman in Love (2010) and now Motions Of Love (2011).

On her new album she is accompanied by a legion of musicians like Chris “Big Dog” Davis (keyboards), who produced a great part of the album, Eric Jackson (guitar), Paul Aborgast (trombone), Charles Baldwin (bass), Carl Carter (bass) and many more.

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Maysa – Motions Of Love

Longtime Incognito vocalist Maysa is one of finest Soul/Jazz singers to emerge in the past 20 years, as evidenced by her acclaimed solo albums highlighted by her gorgeous, unique vocal sound. Motions Of Love s a set of all new songs, highlighted by a wonderful duet with Dwele and featuring a new song composed and produced especially for this album by the legendary Stevie Wonder.

Over the years Maysa has established herself as one of the leading contemporary female soul singers, her new album Motions Of Love she will please her many fans. ‘Get With Me’ is a nice uptempo track, the shuffling ‘Name It On The List’ grooves along nicely, and ‘Love Sweet Love’ is a good dancer. ‘Dance With Me’ is a good mid tempo stepper, ‘Hold On’ is a nice subtle mid tempo that builds nicely, ‘Flower Girl’ an upper mid tempo head nodder featuring Dwele.

The atmospheric cover of Angela Bofill’s ‘I Try’and the ballad ‘It’s Over are also highlights, as well as “Have Sweet Dreams” featuring Stevie Wonder on harmonica. The album is set to be released November 8, 2011