Where are you located now and where are you originally from?
I’m based in North Hollywood California and I'm originally from Boston. It’s been a wild ride. I'm just a small town girl trying to live it up, haha!
Who has been your greatest influence?
I grew up on Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, and Michael Jackson. Anybody with major BGVs in their songs. Right now my current inspirations are HER, Masego, and Doja Cat. I play piano, ukulele, sing, and flute so multi-instrumentalists are really inspiring to me.
What is your latest and greatest?
I’m in the studio all the time because I mostly record all my stuff from home. I go to Neighborhood Watch for studio time when I need it.
Phases of Goodbye is the most recent passion project of mine. I love the vulnerability of the tracks.
I also just collaborated with Trynket for Ok by Design. This song gets vulnerable about second-guessing yourself and feeling low - it's super important to me that those who struggle with mental health like I do know they aren't alone in those feelings.
Are you performing LIVE soon? Yes! I have a gig coming up October 26th, 7 pm PT, Adults Only. I’ve done a lot more gigging lately in general so you can stay up to date about all my shows on my socials.
What are you most looking forward to in 2022 after experiencing 2 years of the pandemic?
Definitely getting more involved with the community. I love writing for other artists as well as myself so this pandemic really affected that. Also a major dream of mine is to release music every week.
What would you say to your younger self if you could?
Even your 80% is perfect, and it’s okay to mess up. The perfectionism is REAL for me! I’m always like “Really? I feel like I can do better" which comes in handy sometimes but it's a lot.
How can we stay up to date with you?
Currently my vinyls are for sale! There’s only 10 in existence and there are only 6 left for purchase at the moment. Buy one here: https://linktr.ee/mayalamaya
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