Maysa Celebrates Her First Grammy Nomination
Baltimore Native to be Honored at the Birchmere
Stacy M. Brown | 1/8/2014, 3 p.m.
Following her stint with Wonder, Maysa successfully auditioned over the telephone to become the new lead singer of the acclaimed British jazz/funk/R&B band, “Incognito,” moving to London for more than four years.
She has appeared on more than nine “Incognito” recordings and occasionally Maysa still performs as a featured vocalist with the group.
Maysa recorded her self-titled debut album in 1995, following it up with, “All My Life,” in 1999, “Out of the Blue,” in 2002, and “Smooth Sailing,” in 2004.
She went on to record several other CDs, including, “A Woman in Love,” in 2010, and “Motions of Love,” in 2011, which featured the ballad, “Have Sweet Dreams,” co-written by Wonder who also played the harmonica on the record.
A Soul Train Award winner, Maysa has help lead a resurgence of soul singers with her much-talked about jazzy and bluesy approach.
“I’m a storyteller, a counselor and a friend that helps others through the good times and bad through my music,” she said. “It’s important for me to connect with the audience because it’s my God-given job.”
Maysa, who will be honored on Sunday, Jan. 19 at a Grammy send-off party at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Va., said 2013 proved a difficult year because of the death of her mother, her best friend.
She said the Grammy nomination has helped to soothe some of her heartache.
“My mother made me promise to keep going no matter what,” Maysa said.
“I was able to continue with my live shows in almost a robotic state but when it came time to create the CD, I was lost. I finished the record with God’s help and a little help from my friends.”
For more information about Maysa or to purchase her new CD, visit www.maysa.com. The 56th annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS Television from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26.