*R&B’s best-kept secret Maysa Leak has a sound all her own. The singer’s silky heartfelt lyrics and steamy voice is to the ears, what chocolate is to the mouth.
Maysa is prepping for her tenth studio album, appropriately titled “Blue Velvet Soul” on June 18.
Her sultry single “When You Touch Me,” describes succumbing to the irresistible charm of a lover.
Singersroom: You’re a vet in this industry on your 10th studio album Blue Velvet Soul, which describes your music perfectly; luxurious, rich, and warm, and soulful. Is that what you were going for with that title?
Maysa: Well, my best friend said that’s how she hears my voice, that’s what my voice sounds like to her, blue velvet (laughs), so she named it that. So yeah, we kinda collaborated on that.
Singersroom: How much of this album is autobiographical vs. inspired by the stories of others?
Maysa: All of my music has some kind of connection to my life period, so the main one that I wrote, specifically for myself on this album without any regard to marketing or how it was gonna affect the record was song called “Inside my Dreams.” That’s a song I wrote for myself because it’s about me wanting to meditate, living my life, and be happy. A life where I creatively visualize what I want and it comes to me. I know that’s a reality in life and you can do that through meditation and staying positive and focusing on what you do want in life.
Singersroom: Basically the law of attraction?
Maysa: Yeah, absolutely, I totally believe in that.
Singersroom: Your son’s name is Jazz. Is he named after your love for the art form?
Maysa: Yeah, absolutely. That’s what myself and his father had in common mostly was that we loved jazz music, so we felt it was the perfect name for him.
Singersroom: You have a degree from Morgan State University in classical music. How does your formal training influence your sound?
Maysa: My formal training is very important for what I’m doing right now because had I not been formally trained, I don’t think I could have lasted 22 years of tour and recording, especially when you get on the road in all different types of weather, and to be able to sing through sickness and colds and hoarseness and all that kind of stuff, you really have to be trained to do that, whether it’s operatic training or a voice teacher, I think singers in this day and age will benefit from that.
Singersroom: You stated you want to star in a stage play about the life of jazz great Sarah Vaughn. Is that still a priority?
Maysa: I’m gonna write it to do local here in Baltimore. It’s just a little personal thing I wanna do. She was the biggest influence on the way I sound and the way I interpret music. Working with my other best friend Troy Burton, he’s’ a theater director here in Baltimore. We’re writing it together and trying to put it out there.
Singersroom: Do you have plans on maybe traveling with the play?
Maysa: That would be great, I would love that. That’s definitely a wish, a hope, so hopefully we get the right formula together and we write it and perform it and, if it gets picked up it would be really awesome
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