RECENT REVIEWS & NEWS
May 29, 2020 – Maya Rae is still in her teens but that is never evident on this assured performance. When you put her natural vocal gifts in a room of seasoned musicians in Nashville, at the Henhouse Studio, only good things can arise.
May 18, 2020 – Age is just a number, as the old expression goes. And in the case of the soulful maturity of Vancouver’s Maya Rae, it is an adage with an abundance of truth, as the compellingly talented, evocative and deeply introspective singer/songwriter.
May 4, 2020 – Real Roots Cafe- Holland- Een zeer jeugdige surprise uit het mooie Canada, dat is de (bijna) 18-jarige Maya Rae Evan uit Vancouver (daar werd haar eerste CD, ‘Sapphire Birds’, in 2017 opgenomen).
April 29, 2020 – Rae serves up a sultry, stylish cocktail of jazz and folk that appeals more and more as the record progresses. The fact that this was recorded completely live certainly contributes to the spontaneous yet well balanced feel of the record, especially when you consider that the sessions only took five days.
April 28, 2020 – Can You See Me? Is an attractive debut, roots recording. Not only does it promise more for the future, but it serves as a tidy introduction on its own considerable merits. Well done, Maya Rae!
April 28, 2020 – This young woman started singing professionally age twelve, recorded her first album of jazz and classic pop standards at thirteen, and has gained valuable experience since then to become accomplished at such a young age.
April 26, 2020 – Soundgarden News- Bosnia- Moram priznati da sam ostao zatečen kada sam dobio album Maye Rae”Can You See Me?” preko G Promo PR. Nisam do sada imao prigode slušati ovu mladu glazbenicu.
April 26, 2020 – This album is like a sea-breeze on a hot summer’s day; it’s cooling and soothing, and once it starts, you don’t want it to stop. Canadian Maya Rae isn’t eighteen yet and she’s already been singing professionally for six years. Six years!
April 25, 2020 – Despite her youth, Canadian singer Maya Rae is in possession of an extraordinarily mature voice, a voice very much versed in jazz. For her second release, recorded and released whilst still under the voting age, Maya stretches out her writing abilities, co-writing all eleven songs with her brother Gabriel Evan.
April 24, 2020 – The girl can sing. That’s the first thing you realize about Maya Rae. According to the CBC, she is, “A supremely gifted artist who is able to phrase like Sarah Vaughn but write a lyric like Joni Mitchell.” And did I mention she’s only 18-years-old?
April 17- 2020 – Rootstime- Belgium
April 15, 2020- When Vancouver, BC singer songwriter Maya Rae was ready to record her new album she sent acclaimed veteran roots producer and guitarist Steve Dawson some demos. Dawson liked the demos so much that he told Rae to come to Nashville the following week as he had open time at Black Hen Studio.
April 4, 2020 – Planet Country Italy- Ancora giovanissima, poco più di diciotto anni, ma Maya Rae può vantare un passato da apprezzata ‘enfant prodige’ nel nativo Canada dove ha già inciso standards jazz e pop.
April 4, 2020 – From Paris- Un album aux climats intemporels, rejoignant la facture accessible bien qu’exigeante des premiers Suzanne Vega, Norah Jones et James Taylor. Le Canada a bien fait d’avancer la majorité civile à 18 ans.
April 3, 2020 – Well here’s something I never saw coming (I mean, apart from, you know, everything). I’m talking about jazzy teenage Vancouver chanteuse Maya Rae teaming up with veteran Nashville-based roots producer Steve Dawson for her new album, Can You See Me, which is out today.
April 2, 2020 – Maya’s vocals are exceptionally pure, with articulation and phrasing that exceedingly belie her youth. Even the lyrics depict a maturity that’s remarkable and her pure alto voice is comparable to the very early Emmylou.
March 31, 2020 – Top 100 Canadian Singles by Bob Mersereau-Vancouver singer has emerged with a soulful and emotional voice, and better yet, something to say. Writing all the songs with her brother Gabriel, Rae is a lot more substance than style, and has already seen past the superficial in her songs.
March 31, 2020 – 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.
March 27, 2020 – Americana UK “Maya Rae’s clear and powerful voice shines on ‘Moon Girl’. Rae’s emotive vocal is buoyed by excellent performances from all the players, particularly the gorgeous pedal steel, and it’s a joy to see them at work on this live recording from the studio.”
March 17, 2020 – Get Ready to Rock UK-Album review: “On a sonic level Can You See Me? ticks all the boxes – it sounds great – Rae’s vocals are ‘on the money’ and mature beyond her years and the playing sublime”.
March 16, 2020 – Music Reviews by the Rock Doctor: March 2020
March 6, 2020 – 5 Questions with Maya Rae
Feb 19, 2020 – Messenger Music Reviews UK- This prodigiously gifted singer-songwriter began singing professionally in her native Canada at the tender age of just twelve. and five years later she found herself recording in Nashville with highly regarded roots music producer and Black Hen stablemate Steve Dawson
January 31, 2020 – Indie Roundup | 26 Numbers To Keep You Busy This Weekend. Maya Rae # 8
October 18, 2019 – Dawson and co. paid tribute to the rock, pop and soul of Tom Petty
May 21, 2019 – Deux soirées avec la jeune virtuose Maya Rae
May 15, 2018 – Practical Stunts – CMW Jazz Night at the Jazz Bistro
May 7, 2018 – Spill Festival Review: Canadian Music Week
Mar 02, 2017 – 17 BC musicians to watch out for in 2017
September 1, 2017 – Jefferson Public Radio – The Kids Are Alright
February 22, 2017 – The Georgia Straight – Maya Rae has chops far beyond her years
Feb 19, 2017 – CBC – 14-year-old jazz singer scats for Vancouver’s homeless youth
May 12, 2017 – Sapphire Birds CD Review – BC Musicians Magazine
February 1, 2017
Vancouver Sun – Sapphire Birds- CD OF THE WEEK . 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.
March 14, 2017 – Earshot Magazine top 10 Jazz Albums
April 4, 2020 – Rockin’ Blues Show- Interview with Maya Rae
March 12, 2020 – Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Maya Rae
June 13, 2018 -Jazz 4 Yo Soul! – JazzYYC Summer Festival Edition!
February 19, 2017 – 14-year-old jazz singer scats for Vancouver’s homeless youth
February 21, 2017 – Guest Appearance on CiTR’s the Jazz Show with Gavin Walker