Posted By: Patrick Dailey on January 22, 2008 |
Jazz/ Soul Singer
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, at an early age Maysa discovered that she wanted to be a musician when her parents took her to see the musical Purlie.
She recalls, “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 and a member of the world famous Morgan State University Choir under the direction of the late Nathan Carter, Maysa met performer Stevie Wonder during a college performance.
After receiving her degree from Morgan State University, Maysa headed to Southern California to perform with Stevie Wonder’s female backup group Wonderlove, While with Wonder, Maysa was a vocalist on the Jungle Fever soundtrack and performed on numerous television shows including The Arsenio Hall Show, Oprah and The Tonight Show.
It was during an over-the-telephone audition in the early 90s, that Maysa become a member of the acclaimed British jazz/funk/R&B band Incognito and in 1992 she relocated to London and recorded Tribes, Vibes & Scribes, featuring the hit single "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing." Since then, Maysa has appeared on over seven Incognito recordings.
Maysa recorded her self-titled debut in 1995, followed by her second album All My Life in 1999, Out of The Blue in 2002, Smooth Sailing in 2004, Sweet Classic Soul in 2006, and now Feel The Fire, 2007.
Maysa has also collaborated with well-known jazz performers like Rick Braun, Will Downing, Jason Miles' Soul Summit, Rhythm Logic, Jonathan Butler and Pieces of a Dream.
Maysa Leak is a spokesperson for RSV, a disease that can be fatal to premature babies and is featured in commercials sponsored for the March of Dimes.
Maysa lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She attended Milford Mill High School. She has a son named Jazz.
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