the Queen of Jazz, releases an exceptionally fresh Christmas album, ‘A Very Maysa Christmas'
"People asked me," simply said Maysa, a Grammy Award nominated Contemporary Jazz singer, when asked why she recorded
a Christmas album. The album is titled "A Very Maysa Christmas" and it features Gerald Albright and Will Downing.
"My record company said, ‘we'll put it out.'...and after 20,000 sales ownership comes back to me!"
The album is on the Shanachie imprint where
she received a Grammy Award nomination for her 2013 project release "Blue Velvet Soul." The Maryland native has
released 11 albums, seven on Shanachie Entertainment.
"It has great arrangements,"
Maysa said about the Christmas project. "My producer (Chris "Big Boy" Davis)...is really good at arranging.
I'm proud of him. I think we did good Jazz R&B and Gospel."
"A Very Maysa Christmas"
is an exceptionally fresh Christmas album. My favorites on the project include "The Little Drummer Boy" because
of that Jazzy spin on an old choral, I like that African flavor too, and the horn support gave it that "cherry on the
cake" feeling; "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" featuring rap support from Jigz; "Jingle Bells" because
she kept it traditional, but gave is some scat at the end to give it that Jazz feel; "Christmas Time is Here" is
simply lovely - and I love the keys on this one; "The First Noel" sounds like if there was a sound for snow it would
be this song, and "Silver Bells" featuring Gerald Albright for his voice, and Maysa taking off at the end scatting
as a true Queen of Jazz should.
"Since I was a little girl I wanted to sing... since 6 years
old," Maysa pointed out when I talked about her tremendous career and contribution to Contemporary Jazz. "Each step
I know God had me in his hands. He gave me things I never thought of...I relax and pray and things come to me....God diffidently
After college Maysa moved to California to work as Stevie Wonder's backup singer
in his Wonder Love Group. Later she had a phone audition for the British group founded by Bluey called Incognito, and became
the face and voice of the already well known London based band. Three years later she would release her solo debut and top
the Billboard Charts, as well as garner a Soul Train Award.
Maysa is touring with "Dave
Koz & Friends Christmas Tour". You can log onto www.Maysa.com
for more information on "A Very Maysa Christmas," or dates on the "Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour."
Quincy Jones executive produces debut of girl
group Blush, single ‘Every Woman' benefiting breast cancer research
"He came on after we were together. He came on as executive producer," said Victoria one of four members of the
Pop group Blush. Victoria was referring to 27-time Grammy Award winner Quincy Jones when I asked them if he discovered the
group. "Blush was formed in late 2010... in the ‘Project Lotus' competition."
"Project Lotus: The Search for Blush" was a reality show about
the forming of the group by FarWest Entertainment. They wanted an Asian group to sell big in the U.S. The members of Blush
are Victoria (China), Natsuko aka Nacho (Japan), Angeli (Philippines), and Alisha (India).
"It was six weeks of singing and dancing," Alisha added about the experience
on the "Project Lotus" reality show.
come together through music," Victoria stated. "Some of us have never been away from home."
The girls have been together for four years now and fitting
in together very well it seems. Their debut single off the upcoming debut album is titled "Undivided" featuring
Snoop Dogg. They released a debut EP of the same name in 2012. The second single off of the upcoming debut album is titled
"Dance On" which reached #1 on Billboard Charts. Blush is currently promoting the October, 2014 single release of
their third titled "Every Woman." Proceeds from then "Every Woman" single will go to benefit the Dr. Susan
Love Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
more about Blush, its members, the new single "Every Woman" or upcoming debut executive produced by 79-time Grammy
Award nominated Quincy Jones log onto www.BlushBand.com.
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