Maya Rae is a Singer-Songwriter hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia. Her sound is influenced by jazz, soul and folk music and she has been singing professionally since the age of twelve. Maya recorded her first album (“Sapphire Birds”) of jazz and classic pop standards at thirteen, and went on to sing with some of the biggest names in Canadian jazz. It’s understandable that much of what’s been written about Maya thus far has focused on how much she’s accomplished at such a young age.
Since her debut, Maya has truly begun to hone her craft as a vocalist, performer and songwriter. The first half of 2020 saw the release of her sophomore album (“Can You See Me?”). Confident and vulnerable, soulful and revealing, the songs on the record 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. Garnering rave reviews from CBC, the album went on to be nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards (Young Performer, New/Emerging Artist).
Over the past two years, as the world shut down and tours were placed on hold, Maya wasted no time. In between studying at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, she turned her attention to the feel good musical collaboration “maya & ben” with her cousin Benjamin Millman. The talented duo have self-produced and are self-releasing a string of singles emanating pure, unadulterated, love and joy. Their first two releases have independently earned them over 40,000 streams on Spotify and coverage on CBC Radio. In November 2021, they performed to an audience of 1500 as the opener for the incredible “Lawrence The Band” at the Royale in Boston, MA.
Maya’s other project outside of her solo career, is the newly formed band “Tiny Habits”. Composed of Maya and two other Berklee musicians, Cinya Khan and Judah Mayowa. The trio share their stunning harmonies covering popular songs. Having found viral success right out of the gate, their social followings have grown to an extraordinary 65,000 on TikTok and 30,000 on Instagram in just a few short months. In 2022, the band will be performing their first, highly anticipated live shows and recording original music.
Alongside these projects, Maya spent the summer of 2021 in Vancouver recording studios, working on her latest solo record. The album is set for release in Spring/Summer 2022 and will continue to showcase her true dynamic range as a gifted artist and performer.
One of Canada’s Top 35 Jazz Artists Under 35…a supremely gifted artist who is able to phrase like Sarah Vaughan but write a lyric like Joni Mitchell.” – CBC
“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