I SEE U

I SEE U, Episode 52: A Concealed Treasure Once Incognito

Jazz vocalist Maysa stays in her musical lane but acknowledges shades of racism in the industry when more prevalent, white vocalists shine brighter in the mainstream spotlight than Black artists whose culture once started the genre in the first place

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Acclaimed jazz vocalist and Baltimore native, Maysa Leak, admits to I SEE U that she's always felt hidden. Starting out as a member of the legendary Stevie Wonder's background singer entourage, Maysa has been performing in the music business for over three decades. She landed her first lead vocal gig with a British soul collective ironically called, Incognito. But music reps told her she could not appear in a music video for the group because of her weight. And yet, despite her challenges of not having a solid promotional machine to support her career; experiencing a difficult pregnancy while on tour; online search engines erroneously tying her to a dead Brazilian actress and even losing her vocal cords to a roommate's pet rabbit — Maysa uses her silky, velvet smooth voice as a beautiful instrument of emotion, vulnerability and inspiration throughout her vast discography of music. Join Host Eddie Robinson for this premiere Season 2 episode of I SEE U as he chats candidly with jazz singer-songwriter, Maysa. This episode also kicks off an ongoing series that highlights the music radio format known as Smooth Jazz, where we examine the rich origins of its past and the uncertainty of its future.

 

This article is part of the I SEE U with Eddie Robinson podcast

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Eddie Robinson

Eddie Robinson

Executive Producer & Host, I SEE U

A native of Mississippi, Eddie started his radio career as a 10th grader, working as a music jock for a 100,000-Watt (Pop) FM station and a Country AM station simultaneously. While Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus had nominated him for the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991, Eddie had an extreme passion...

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