Maysa Leak embarked on a singing career at an early age.
By the age of 6 she had already determined that she was going to be a singer, and she spent her elementary and high school days performing in choir and musical theater productions.
Maysa majored in Classical Voice Performance at Morgan State University; during her studies there she began writing and recording original material.
She also placed second in Baltimore's first annual Billie Holiday Vocal Jazz Contest and auditioned for Stevie Wonder's vocal group Wonderlove.
She was accepted into the group but joined only after she had earned her degree from Morgan State.
Maysa moved to London and joined the band in time to record the 1992 album 'Scribes, Tribes & Vibes', which included the hit single 'Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing.'
In 1997, Maysa returned to Incognito and recorded 'Beneath The Surface'.
During this time she began collaborating with the neo-blues group Grainger, and appeared on their album 'Phase 1'.
The album was released on Expansion Records in the UK the following year to critical acclaim.
On the 6th Decemer 1999, Maysa gave birth to a baby boy whom she called Jazz.
Maysa delivered Jazz at 25 weeks gestational age at a small hospital in Osaka. Weighing only 2 pounds, he was as little as a bag of sugar and fit in the palm of her hand. Jazz was immediately placed in the NICU, where he stayed for the next two and a half months.
And here is the update!!! Maysa will be performing with her band on Jan 20 at The Lincoln Theater in Washington DC to honor President Barack Obama!
"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there's love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong."
-- Ella Fitzgerald, Jazz Singer