By Jack Barnes
Grammy-nominated vocalist Maysa has remained one of the most instantly identifiable voices in R&B and Jazz over the past 25 years by staying true to her musical vision. “I look for soul in a song,” explains Maysa, who launched her musical career as a member of Stevie’s Wonderlove and who has been a long-time vocalist with the explosive UK Jazz/Funk sensation Incognito. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
The Baltimore native adds, “I sing mostly positive, uplifting and loving music and lyrics. I am an artist who enjoys being close to the people who support my music. It’s about the connection to people and helping someone circumvent the craziness of our world.” On May 26, 2017, Maysa will release her 13th recording as a leader and ninth for Shanachie Entertainment, Love Is A Battlefield. Maysa joins forces with producers Chris “Big Dog” Davis, The Heavyweights and Jason Miles and re-imagines a handful of R&B gems like BabyFace’s Top 10 Tevin Campbell hit, “Can We Talk,” The Isley Brothers’ 1970s slow jam “Footsteps In the Dark,” Natalie Cole’s 1975 #1 hit single “Inseparable” and Luther Vandross’ timeless “Because It’s Really Love.” Maysa also delivers surprises like the album’s title track and Pat Benatar’s Gold-selling 80s cult classic and Justin Bieber’s hit single featuring Big Sean “As Long As You Love Me.”
Maysa shares about the CD’s first single, “The reason why I chose ‘Love Is A Battlefield’ is that it has a lot to do with the way the world is today and all of the things we are going through as a people. As humans, we are surrounded by people who are not choosing love first. People are choosing money over love and compassion. To me, ‘Love Is A Battlefield’ is just that, a battle to allow love to reign over everything.”
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