Maya Azucena has been nominated as Best Leading Actress in a Musical by AUDELCO for her roles in Off-Broadway Musical Cross That River. The AUDELCO Awards, also known as the Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Awards, recognize excellence in Black Theater. The AUDELCOs are the only awards that honor Black Theater and they are cherished. Other nominations for “Cross That River: A Tale of the Black West,” produced by Love Productions, Records, Inc., include Best Musical; Regge Life, Director of a Musical; Alan Harris, Lead Actor in a Musical.
Maya Azucena is now a published author having contributed a chapter based on her own journey as an international recording artist to the new book from “PR Pro” Ariel Hyatt, called “The Ultimate Guide to Music Publicity”. The book breaks down everything you need to know to master an effective and well rounded communication strategy for your music. It features indispensable advice from a wide swath of music industry luminaries including veteran music publicists, bio writers, editors, playlisters, and podcasters, who generously contributed their tips from both sides of the desk.” Maya’s chapter explores how to use international relationships & marketing to grow an independent artist career.
If you watch the brilliant documentary, The Bronx, USA on HBO, you may recognize a familiar voice at the end of the film: Maya Azucena’s song, “Gonna Be Alright”.
About the film, “Revisiting the streets, stores and memories of his childhood, (producer) George Shapiro reflects on the singularity of the borough he grew up in and the close friendships he made there that have stood the test of time. The Bronx, USA is a funny, heartwarming and insightful celebration of what connects us across racial backgrounds, cultures and generations, ultimately emphasizing the hope that exists for the future of America.”
Chicago’s DJ Anthony Nicholson & Maya Azucena united to create a masterful house remix to one of Maya’s soulful songs, “Changed My Mind”, originally released on her critically acclaimed “Cry Love” album. The remix is available everywhere now on streaming platforms accompanied by a spirited video of Maya dancing on a beach with her signature smile, which you can watch here.
“You Matter” is a song born out of sadness, frustration and helplessness to help others transform those emotions into hope, healing, and empowerment. This soulful groove with bright horns inspired by New Orleans R&B is motivational, danceable, catchy, and an anthem that celebrates historic beauty and light. “It’s a song that I feel expresses my own soul and joins with millions around the world who may be seeking a song to shout out their inner power.” – Maya Azucena.
You can stream “You Matter” now on all digital platforms and watch the video here.
“Two Sides” is an emotional and inspiring duet composed across three continents by Maya Azucena and OAD. The song is based around two rousing voices, acoustic guitars, warm keyboard layers and sincere, personal lyrics. The story reminds us of the connectedness of humankind despite the labels and the wars we find ourselves in the middle of.
“We live in a world that tells us we are divided into sides. Often, the sides are chosen for us and don’t reflect choice or even the state of our heart,” says Maya. You can stream the song now on all digital platforms and watch the video here.
“Clearwater Jazz Holiday” – With an audience of 10,000+, Maya Azucena is proud to be on a powerful lineup of names such as Gloria Gaynor, Snarky Puppy, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and more. She will sing as the frontwoman for Jason Miles and his super-group tribute to Grover Washington Jr, known as, “To Grover, With Love”, October 15, 2021. You can learn more about the Clearwater Jazz Holiday by visiting www.clearwaterjazz.com
Maya Azucena is an invited speaker at 2021 Revolutionizing Women’s Health Summit bringing together 20 women across a variety of different industries to share their stories, expertise and all the juicy wisdom they can provide. Maya will be a guest “expert” discussing how she navigates the world as an Empath. September 27.
“Expo 2020 Dubai” – The BBC have rescheduled the 2020 Dubai Expo for 2021, and Maya Azucena has been invited to represent her country as a performer. “Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first World Expo ever hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. Through our theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, we aim to host a World Expo that inspires people by showcasing the best examples of collaboration, innovation and cooperation from around the world.” Visit www.expo2020dubai.com
for more information.