- “…a remarkable new singer”
- – Recording Magazine
- “The Best Pipes at SXSW”
- – Austin Chronicle
- “brings activism back the the Arts, ala Nina Simone”
- – Ebony
- “…voice is so sensuous and sultry…with inspirational themes.”
- – Washington Post
- “…storytelling lyrics and soulful, soaring vocals.”
- – Billboard Magazine
- Music is my Activism, Human is my Brand.
- – Maya Azucena
- “Armed with a powerfully compelling voice, Azucena just could be the most impressive of the current hip-hop/soul/r&b diva crop…”
- -Village Voice
- “Powerful vocals and broad range command attention…”
- – Performing Songwriter Magazine
Maya Azucena, a magnetically inspirational woman, is known for making music that uplifts the soul. Among several awards for her music and humanitarian outreach, Azucena garnered a Grammy Certificate for contributing her 4-octave range and soul-stylings to a feature performance with Stephen Marley on Best Reggae Album of the Year, “Mind Control.”
Critically acclaimed, Brooklyn-native Maya is an avid independent touring artist and songwriter performing globally. Recent concerts include a 17-country tour of Europe in February 2019; Java Jazz Fest (Indonesia), CapeTown Jazz Fest (South Africa), Port Au Prince International Jazz Fest (Haiti), Rio Das Ostras Blues & Jazz Fest (Brazil), Moscow International House of Music (Russia), Pula Arena (Croatia), Delhi International Arts Festival (India), Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles), Blue Note Hawaii, Blue Note New York, and Essence Fest in New Orleans alongside the likes of Beyonce, Jill Scott and Maxwell.
For the last 3 summers, Azucena has done concert residencies at Bodrum Marina Yacht Club in Turkey, as well as luxury resorts including Lujo Hotel, Regnum Carya Golf Club, and Six Sense Kaplankaya. Maya performed an exclusive concert with her Turkish orchestra, singing her original songs arranged for Çukurova State Symphony of Adana. She was also included in Istanbul’s 2017 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, performing her song “Fearless” for the finale of Çigdem Akin’s runway show.
Maya collaborates extensively on stage and recordings with both national and international stars. Her collaborations have included Marcus Miller, Brass Against, Jason Miles, DJ Spinna, DJ Logic, Fitz and the Tantrums, Vernon Reid, and Bob Sinclair.
Maya is well known for her humanitarian outlook and projects around The Globe which include special focus on Women’s & Youth Empowerment and Domestic/Sexual Violence. Based on a personal commitment to help the world through her talent, most of Maya’s songs are anthems that lend a voice to self-worth, empowerment, overcoming obstacles, and stepping into our “fearless” selves.
NEW MUSIC: PRETTIEST
Maya’s latest single “Prettiest” was released in the Summer of 2019 under Bahce Kat Muzik label. Her music video for “Prettiest”, released in late Summer, continues to gain attention as Maya’s management team plans for a “Prettiest” club remix, and the release of a second single and EP for 2020.
A playful and inspiring anthem, “Prettiest” is a body-empowerment theme that celebrates every shape, size, shade and age Beauty comes in. The single encourages women and girls to embrace their unique beauty, regardless of the pressures of society, and know that “pretty isn’t only for the cover of a magazine”. Every woman and girl is “The Prettiest” when they love themselves and glow with the Beauty that comes from within.