Biography


A unique, instantly identifiable vocal sound encompassing both Jazz and R&B. Grammy-nominated Soul/Jazz Maysa, celebrates her 25th year as a solo recording artist this year.

Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Maysa Leak knew early on that she would be a musician. "I was six years old when my mom took me to see Purlie," she recalls. "When Melba Moore came on stage and sang her heart out, I knew at that moment I wanted to make people feel the way she made me feel."

Maysa's journey took her from singing upon graduation with Stevie Wonder for a year to becoming the lead singer for Incognito in the 90s. In 1995 she recorded her first solo album.

This year she celebrates her 25th year as a solo artist, with her new album. BACK 2 LOVE is 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.

...maysa's journey...

Awards & Nominations


56th Grammy Award Nomination 2014

Maysa is nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance in 2014.

Howard L. Cornish Drum Major Award 2011

Maysa receives the "Howard L. Cornish Drum Major" award from the Morgan State University Alumni Association at Martins West in Baltimore January 15, 2011.

Centric Award “Soul Approved Underground” 2009

Maysa wins the Centric Award/Soul Approved during the Soul Train awards at the Georgia World Congress Center November 3, 2009.