Maya Rae
Maya Rae "Can You See Me?"
Available on Black Hen Music

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AUDIO SAMPLES from February 2020 CD - Can You See Me?
AUDIO SAMPLES from Dec 2016 CD -
Sapphire Birds - Originals
AUDIO SAMPLES Sapphire Birds - Covers
Maya Rae EPK 2020
Praise for "Can You See Me?"
Stettler Independent Album Review
Original Rock Album Review
Canadian Beats Interview
CMW Jazz Night at The Jazz Bistro
CMW Spill Magazine Review
Van Jazz Fest - Ones to Watch
CBC Top 35 Under 35
CBC Interview
The Whole Note Review
Georgia Straight Review
Moon Girl - Maya Rae - Album: Can You See Me? New For Me
Lonely Ones
Freedom Fighter
Can You See Me - EPK
Vancouver International Jazz Fest
Artist Feature w/ Maya Rae

Maya Rae
Young, genre-defying vocalist and composer
Bringing soulful acoustic music to a new generation

2021 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee for New/Emerging
Artist of the Year and for Young Performer of the Year

"Maya Rae already has an impressive grasp of the jazz form, and she’s determined to make this classic style speak to kids her own age." - The Georgia Straight

"Her album Sapphire Birds is accomplished and speaks well of her depth, and proves there is a lot of pop and soul that takes Rae out of the jazz world… the arrangements are sympathetic, remarkably spare enough to provide Rae with accompaniment but giving her room to stand out and sing.” - Vancouver Sun

One of Canada’s Top 35 Jazz Artists Under 35 (CBC) "…a supremely gifted artist who is able to phrase like Sarah Vaughan but write a lyric like Joni Mitchell."

The uncertainties of first love. Misgivings about a friend's choices. Thoughts that come and go. The best music has the power to illuminate a moment in time more vividly than anything else. A song, well played and passionately sung, has a life of its own that goes beyond genre and temporary musical fashion.

The songs on Maya Rae's new release, 'Can You See Me?' - like those on Joni Mitchell's Blue or Tracy Chapman's self-titled debut album - are timeless and universal. Poised at the crossroads between innocence and experience, Maya's voice communicates with an immediacy and commitment that most artists never attain. In an age when so much music feels overproduced and lacking in genuine emotion, Maya's songs come like a breath of fresh air. Vital, committed and uplifting, 'Can You See Me?' is the real deal.

Because she's been singing professionally since the age of twelve, recorded her first album of jazz and classic pop standards at thirteen, and has gone on to sing with some of the biggest names in Canadian jazz, it's understandable that much of what's been written about Maya has focused on how much she's accomplished at such a young age. And, even though she was just shy of 18 when 'Can You See Me?' was released, the quality of the music speaks for itself. Confident and vulnerable, soulful and revealing, the songs on her new album are as impressive as you will hear anywhere. Produced by veteran roots musician and multiple Juno Award winner Steve Dawson, Can You See Me? takes the listener on a journey through the soul of a deeply talented young artist.

Maya and her brother, Gabriel, started writing songs together in the summer of 2018. Inspired by classic singers like Carole King and Nina Simone, iconic performers such as The Beatles and Joni Mitchell as well as modern-day artists like Ed Sheeran and Adele, Maya felt ready to record an album of original material That's where veteran roots musician and producer, Steve Dawson came in. On the strength of the demo she sent him, Dawson invited Maya to come to Nashville, saying that he had time to record the very next week. She flew down a few days later and almost immediately found herself at Black Hen Studio, surrounded by some of the hottest young musicians in Nashville with whom Steve had gathered to collaborate with Maya on the new material.

With a group that included Kai Welch, (keyboards/trumpet) Jamie Dick (drums), John Estes (bass) as well as The Birds Of Chicago on supporting vocals and Dawson on guitars, Maya dove right into five days of intense recording and 'Can You See Me?' is the result. With only one vocal retake in the whole session, the group recorded live off the floor.

In Maya's words, 'Can You See Me?' became a tribute to human cooperation and the merging of artistic visions with all the contributions from the musicians coming together. But, as good as the music supporting Maya is, her voice and songs are always the central focus. Melodically challenging, lyrically compelling and beautifully phrased, Maya's songs reflect on experiences with an insight one would usually expect from a much more seasoned performer.

"All of the songs are relevant to my own life. The title track, 'Can You See Me?' is about choosing to remove the masks we wear to reveal our true selves. Sometimes we feel the need to hide ourselves, so this song is about not being afraid to be who we truly are. 'New For Me' is about my first love and trying to figure out my emotions. Having never been in love before, it was hard to know how and what I 'should' feel. 'Moon Girl' is about a friend of mine who is lost and making bad choices about how to cope with her life. All of the songs on the album are real to me and explore things I've been going through in the past year."

With its combination of exhilarating performances, sophisticated arrangements and powerhouse vocals, 'Can You See Me?' is a dynamic and important album from an impressive artist. Listen carefully as Maya Rae sings these twelve songs that beautifully articulate a young woman's place in an emerging world.
It deserves to be heard.

Maya Rae is also available as part of the duo maya & ben

Maya Rae

Featured on Can You See Me? with Maya are:

Steve Dawson - Producer, acoustic and electric guitars, 12-string, pedal steel, vocals
Kai Welch - Organ, keyboard, Ukulele, Wurlitzer, vocals
Jamie Dick - Drums, percussion
Jon Estes - Bass, Cello
Sam Howard - Bass, Vocals
Allison Russell - Vocals
JT Nero - Vocals
Kristin Weber - Violin
Larissa Maestro - Cello
Charlie MCCoy - Vibes
Sheldon Zaharko - Engineering
Gabriel Evan - Co-Writer

Maya Rae’s music is available for
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Jazz, Pop, Soul, R&B

Sounds Like: Norah Jones

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