Grammy nominated Maysa to release ‘Back 2 Love’ on Shanachie, features Stokely and Phil Perry
“This was suppose to come out before the Christmas record, but I had to have surgery,” said Grammy nominated Contemporary Jazz singer Maysa about her new album “Back 2 Love” on Shanachie Entertainment to be released May 26, 2015.
The “Back 2 Love” project features production and vocal help from Stokely Williams (Mint Condition) on the album’s first single “Keep It Moving.”
“He is just great. Such a nice man,” Maysa said about collaborating with Stokely, lead vocalist of the band Mint Condition. “I’ve been bless to meet like-minded people.”
Phil Perry joins her on the “Last Chance for Love” track and other producers include J.R. Hutson (Jill Scott), Lorenzo Johnson (Ledisi), and Chris “Big Dog” Davis (Kim Burrell).
“The older I get I want less things in life…less material things,” said the Baltimore native. When discussing what her listeners can expect on the album she said, “I hope the album encourages people to live their dreams. I put it (love) aside…my son is 16 and I’m ready to meet that person.”
With a degree from Morgan State University Maysa headed to Hollywood as a singer in Stevie Wonders backup group Wonderlove. She later moved to London to work as the lead singer in the British band Incognito – lead by Bluey.
Maysa’s first solo album was self-titled in 1995 on the GRP imprint. She went on to release three additional recording projects on the label before joining Shanachie Entertainment. “Back 2 Love” is her 8th album release on Shanachie.
“I want financial freedom and to get some weight off. I’m bless those are the only things I’m working on,” Maysa said as the interview ended.
You can learn more about the Soul, Jazz, Classical singer or her latest album “Back 2 Love,” to be released on May 26th, by logging onto at www.Maysa.com.
Grammy winning legend Kirk Whalum releases ‘The Gospel According to Jazz Chapter IV’ on DVD and CD
I was invited to a screening of “Kirk Whalum: The Gospel According to Jazz Chapter IV” documentary film in Los Angeles. Kirk was there with an impromptu performance and introduction into the film that chronicles an almost 2 hour concert by him and his band of legendary musicians and very talented singers. “The Gospel According to Jazz Chapter IV” is narrated by Kirk as he explains his philosophy on life, his choices in his music career and his style of music, while throughout it introducing his band members. It is a two-disk set of a feature film and recorded CD.
Whalum’s saxophone skills have made him an iconic presence on stage and on the recordings of some of the best and most talented singers and musicians in the world. He is most noted for his talents and solo performance on the Whitney Houston song “I Will Always Love you,” which is still the best selling single by a female artist in the world.
“The Gospel According to Jazz Chapter IV” has Kirk performing songs inspired by Nelson Mandela (“Madiba”), President Obama (“My Hero”), Curtis Mayfield (“Keep On Pushing”), John Coltrane (Spanish arranged “Un Amor Supremo”), George Duke, and Paul McCartney (“Let ‘em In”). It is released as a DVD and CD set on the Mack Avenue imprint. It is a two-disc package with a total of 19 songs. His band consists of Norman Brown (lead guitar), Rick Braun (trumpet), Kenneth T. Whalum (drums), Kevin Whalum (lead vocals), John Stoddart (piano), Gerald Veasley (bass guitarist), Doc Gibbs (percussionist), and Shelea (lead vocalist).
The Memphis, Tennessee native has garnered 12 Grammy Award nominations, and one win. Whalum has also recorded and released 24 albums in his career. Learn more about Kirk Whalum or his newest project “The Gospel According to Jazz Chapter IV” at www.KirkWhalum.com.
(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Sat October 24, 2015 the “Uplifting Minds II” Free Entertainment Conference at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA. Sat April 16, 2016 the “Uplifting Minds II” Free Entertainment Conference at Security Square Mall. www.UpliftingMinds2.com.)