Sounding Off: Maysa Says The Music Business “Is Not Dying”

Soulful jazz chanteuse Maysa Leak said she’s tired of the talk that the music business is dead.

“It’s not dying. We have to reconfigure it. We have to rework it,” the vocalist explained to

Maysa believes that because of the troubles consumers face daily and the tragedies happening all over the world; folks need music more than ever before.

“Now people are going through hell even more than ever! People need healing,” she offered. “I want to be a musical therapist. I’m actually thinking about going back to school for that. People need to know that they’re not out here by themselves. We have to make great music for them.”

Back 2 LoveThe Baltimore-based song stylist, who released her twelfth studio album “Back 2 Love” (Shanachie Entertainment) in 2015, believes that recording artists need to release quality music, instead of chasing fads and trends.

“You can make great dance music, just be smart about it. You don’t have to make a dance song about ass. It’s already been done, do we have to keep doing it?” she asked, before adding: “Especially when you’re old and need to sit down somewhere.”

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Stokley Williams of Mint Condition & Maysa on the set of the music video for her single "Keep It Movin'"

Stokley Williams of Mint Condition & Maysa on the set of the music video for her single “Keep It Movin'”

The Grammy nominee aims to have a career as long and diverse as her dream collaborator, the iconic Quincy Jones.

“My dream is to work with Quincy Jones!” she beamed. “I just want to sing in front of him to see if he likes my voice or not.”

The former lead singer for the British soul band Incognito, Maysa has had a chance to collaborate with everyone from R&B crooner Jeffrey Osbourne to jazz musicians Nick Colionne. Her latest single, “Last Chance For Love,” from the “Back 2 Love” album is a sultry ballad that features veteran R&B singer Phil Perry.

And though her and rising star Avery Sunshine have sung together on stage before, Maysa would love to record with her label mate as well. “Now Avery Sunshine, that’s one of my favorites! She’s my girl. Her spirit! We have so much fun together. And it’s so magical when we sing together,” she said.

Maysa will kick off her 25/50 celebration starting later this year, culminating her 50th birthday in August and commemorating 25 years in the music business.




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