Maysa Leak


  Genre: Jazz Vocal
  Performances at Java Jazz Festival:
Saturday March 8, 2008, BNI 46
  Website: http://www.maysa.com/
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About This Act :
Singer and songwriter Maysa has the kind of voice that makes you feel at home — inviting, warm and heart-felt. With a single note the Baltimore native can ignite spine-tingling chills or stop you in your tracks with her soulful, earthy, intoxicating and velvety smooth voice. Her command of her instrument is impressive. So impressive that it landed her a gig in Stevie Wonders’ Wonderlove (which has featured such individual singers as Minnie Ripperton and Deniece Williams), earned her a spot on the soundtrack for Spike Lee’s film Jungle Fever and made her a longtime favorite singer with the ground-breaking British jazz/funk/R&B group Incognito.

Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Maysa knew she would be a musician by the time she was six. She recalls, “It was when my parents took me to see the musical Purlie at the Morris Mechanic Theatre. The moment Melba Moore took the stage and opened her mouth I made my decision that music would be my fate.” A graduate of Morgan State University with a degree in classical performance, Maysa met Stevie Wonder while still a senior in college. Upon graduating, she moved to North Hollywood to perform with Stevie Wonder’s Wonderlove , with whom she performed with for the next year. While with Wonder, she appeared on the Jungle Fever soundtrack and performed on such television shows as Oprah and The Tonight Show. In the early 90s, she auditioned over the phone and overnight became a member of the acclaimed British jazz/funk/R&B band Incognito. In 1992 she relocated to London and recorded Tribes & Scribes, featuring the hit single \”Don\’t You Worry \’Bout A Thing.\” Since then, Maysa has appeared on six Incognito recordings including Positivity(featuring her smooth vocals on the hit song”DEEP WATERS”), Beneath The Surface and No Time Like The Future, among others. Maysa recorded her self-titled Richard Bull produced debut in 1995 which was followed by her solo sophomore effort, All My Life, produced by Incognito’s Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick,in 1999,her third solo effort, Out of The Blue, produced by Rex Rideout, in 2002,her fourth solo effort, Smooth Sailing,(2004) produced by Rex Rideout, Jean-Paul”Bluey” Maunick, Will Downing, Ronnie Garrett. Maysa has also collaborated with Rick Braun ,George Duke, Mike White’s Rhythm Logic , and Pieces of a Dream . In February 2006, Maysa released her fifth solo effort “Sweet Classic Soul” a tribute to the music of the 1970’s. Returning to Incognito for a 2007 release “Bees, Things, and Flowers”, Maysa performed acoustic renditions of Incognito hits “Deep Waters and “Still a friend of Mine. On May 22, 2007 Maysa will release her sixth solo effort “Feel the Fire: Sweet Classic Soul Vol. Two. Maysa\’s 1st Live CD, \”Maysa Live!\”, due to be released on her own label in 2008. Visit Maysa at http://www.maysa.com or http://www.myspace.com/mleak .

Maysa’s other projects for 2008 include recording her new original song CD entitled “Metamorphosis”, producing her educational tour called “Revenge of the Underground Divas” featuring some of the most popular singer –songwriters of today’s music world.

taken from : javajazzfestival.com/2008/artist

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