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Maysa

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, jazz-soul singer/songwriter Maysa Leak embarked on a singing career at an early age. By the age of six, she had already determined that she was going to be a singer, and she spent her elementary and high school days performing in choir and musical theater productions. Maysa majored in classical voice performance at Morgan State University; during her studies there she began writing and recording original material. She also placed second in Baltimore's first annual Billie Holiday Vocal Jazz Contest and auditioned for Stevie Wonder's vocal group Wonderlove. She was accepted into the group but joined only after she had earned her degree from Morgan State.

Upon graduating, Maysa moved to North Hollywood to perform with Wonderlove on the Jungle Fever soundtrack and appeared in live and televised performances to promote the film. To pay her rent, Maysa also recorded jingles on her days off from performing with Wonderlove and worked at local record shops. In 1991, she was recommended to the British funk-jazz group Incognito by producer Steve Harvey, a mutual friend of Maysa's and of the band's leader, Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick.

Maysa moved to London and joined the band in time to record the 1992 album Scribes, Tribes & Vibes, which included the hit single "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing." She also recorded the 1993 album Positivity with Incognito before returning to Baltimore in 1994 to record her first solo album, Maysa. "What About Our Love," the album's single, reached number 52 on Billboard's Hot 100. In 1997, Maysa returned to Incognito and recorded Beneath the Surface. During this time she began collaborating with the neo-blues group Grainger, and appeared on their album Phase 1; she also recorded with Rick Braun, Rachel Z, Rhythm Logic, and Pieces of a Dream. Incognito's No Time Like the Future followed in 1999.

Throughout the 2000s and early 2010s, Maysa was remarkably productive as a solo artist and continued to be appreciated more in the U.K. than in the U.S. The varied All My Life (2000), Out of the Blue (2002), and Smooth Sailing (2004) featured an array of sophisticated R&B, lush deep house, and crossover jazz, as well as covers of songs originally recorded by Sly & the Family Stone, Gil Scott-Heron, and Earth, Wind & Fire. In 2006, she began a lengthy association with the Shanachie label. Sweet Classic Soul (2006) and Feel the Fire (2007) were highlighted by reinterpretations of the Stylistics, Luther Vandross, Commodores, and Evelyn King, while Metamorphosis (2008), A Woman in Love (2010), and Motions of Love (2011) were dominated by new songs written by and with the likes of longtime associate Rex Rideout, Will Downing, Ledisi, and Chris Davis. Maysa considered Blue Velvet Soul (2013), her tenth solo album, to be her best work. ~ Heather Phares & Andy Kellman, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Am I Wrong (For Lovin' You?) (Single)

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Track List: Let's Figure It Out (Radio Single)

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Track List: Spend Some Time (Radio Edit) (Single)

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Track List: The Lady In My Life (Radio Edit) (Single)

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platinum_phi l l i e
Hi Maysa, I always see u when u r in philly. Ur voice is Heaven
andreabrooks c u m b o
Mays a I love your music... I wish you would come to philadelphia
I want to see her in concert.
I Just Love Maysa her music helped me get through the War in IRAQ. Everytime I came off a mission I'd return to my Hooch and pop in some Maysa. Thank You Maysa Much Love!
jinisisnyne
I can picture me & my godbody on a warm & breezy day dancing in the park with this song vibrating in the background. Ummm,nice.
You make loving sweet!!! Kisses & Huggs!!!! Thank you for your music!!!!
MAYSA I LOVE ....SWEET!!! !
We enjoy you here in Cincinnati. Come visit us
Maysa! You need to come to STL. Were waiting 4u. U have a big fan base here. The Pagent is the best spot. Please think about it!
Maysa is by far one of my favorite and love artist and has been since her days with incognito. Everything she sings, she does the great honor too!
. Just make you want to ride
I love Maysa's version of this Michael classic! She put some soul on it!
I just saw Ms. Maysa last night at Rams Head Annapolis Md. Such a soulful beautiful and down to earth story teller, yes she is beyond singer, she told her story with every bit of rhythm that flowed through the mic...yes if you haven't seen her live you have really missed out
nice voice,real laid back
Right on,this lady is fun to listen to much joy.
I luv this woman! #smooth
I'm sorry Lionel
What a smooth operator love your voice
steph1099200 0
Talented lady. Sorry you didn't win that grammy, but your awards are still coming ahead.
love "beautiful dreamer" on Blue velvet soul CD. been down with maysa since 07, that's the first time I heard of her
jinisisnyne
WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS THAT SINCE SHE PLACED SECOND IN THAT BILLIE HOLIDAY COMPETITION; W H A T IN THE HECK THE WINNER VOCALS SOUND LIKE,JEEZ. HER VOICE IS SO BEAUTIFUL. LOVING IT!
Love this woman keep making wonderful,be a u t i f u l , s o u l f u l music!!!����
Maysa you are so Real...Beaut i f u l Music !
Maysa,
You are truely an amazing singer. You are in a class by yourself.
Maysa; I love your music and your voice is heavenly!!!
Not to many people can pull off a Michael Jackson song. But she did! If u didn't Michael did his first it's on the Off the Wall album b side
Great voice + band = beautiful music
THIS SONG MAKES ME FEEL GOOD AS A WOMAN!
Love your voice Maysa. YOU GO GIRL.......
YES,YES,,,TA L K to me....
Love this piece - Pandora needs to stream beyond the US.
NICE SLOW AND SMOOTH
smooth voice
I love to hear this women such a smooth sound a true blessing from god
LOVE THAT SONG
keep on keeping on! south carolina state grad. - rocky cunningham, nothing but a plus for MSU.
Maysa + Incognito = beautiful music. makes life a joy to be on this earth.
Maysa, you are a asset to Morgan State University and the world. This Coppin University Alumni loves everything you sing. Angel blessings.
Maysa remind me of those good old days at the spot in the Village. Looking to see her on the cool cruise soon. Its been much too long. This girl is in a class by herself. And you look great girrllllll!! ! !
From your biggest Baltimore fan, and and a MSU alum(1987), I LOVE YOU. This talented woman can take any song and make it HER OWN! Keep doing your thing Sister( writing, singing, etc.) and your fans will continue to grow worldwide. You are my favorite...
I LOVE THIS WOMAN!!!! Maysa can sing anything and I love it all. Truly gifted, truly talented, truly gold!
Maysa is the Bomb.com...L u v her style
OK like the voice the sound she puts out, just getting to know you MAYSA sounds good
Deep Waters is 20 years ago. Sounds as good as it did then when I dogged the hell outta of it. That equals classic; but you knew it then...
everymanswor d
Wayne N. Epps, picked up Baltimore's b magazine read the article on Maysa amazing vocalist .Going out to buy her DVD. I'm your new fan !
ecurbeam
Thank you Maysa!! Your sound is distinctive and powerful. Your hometown is very proud of you.

Love,
Your Baltimore Fans
She is the baddest and the best female vocalist of her generation period!
Maysa was that one voice of incognito that hooked me
Great voice for jazz, R&B and Pop. Cross over appeal and a really versatile range and control. Unique sounding voice with sexyness. Hit the scene smooth and made her way. Wait until she really comes on the scene. She has always done work on other artist albums, she really needs to be a bigger Brand, the market is wide open for her sound and style, I guess I really like her and her sound, yea I do!
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