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Maiysha

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Grammy-nominated recording artist Maiysha is a striking up & coming figure in contemporary soul music. Her critically acclaimed debut album, This Much Is True:, marked the arrival of a striking up-and-coming figure in contemporary soul music. Her music is elegant and intelligent, hook-laden and envelope-pushing - with a touch of old-school classic style – the kind of new sound that landed her a remarkable 2009 Grammy nomination for her first single “Wanna Be” in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category.

Maiysha’s This Much Is True, the first release on the UFO/RYKO-distributed Eusonia label, marks the arrival of a striking new figure in the presently up-for-grabs realm of contemporary soul music. The debut album from the Brooklyn-based writer/artist is elegant and intelligent, hook-laden and envelope-pushing; no wonder Maiysha and producer/co-writer/Eusonia founder Scott Jacoby prefer to describe their joint creation as progressive soul.

The album’s dozen original songs, plus a radical reimagining of Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer,” reveal an artist blessed with a seductive voice, rarefied technical skill and acute emotional authenticity, as Maiysha examines the dualities of striving and setbacks, strength and vulnerability, languor and urgency, sensuality and spirituality. The settings recall soul’s golden age-for the most part the arrangements are composed of real instruments played by skilled and knowing humans, starting with Jacoby himself on keyboards and drums-while also capturing the zeitgeist of contemporary existence.

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