After the 56th GRAMMY nominations were announced at the live concert on Friday night, most of the talk was about the snubs. Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, J.Cole, and Lorde were left out of major categories that many thought they were a shoe in for.
But while the big names were being dealt ego blows, a local was being shown some appreciation. Maysa Leaks, better known as Maysa, is a native and resident of Baltimore, MD, with decades of work in the music business. Including being a member of British band Incognito, doing back up for Stevie Wonder, and her own solo music.
The Jazz singer's smooth, soulful voice has led her to multiple number one albums and critical acclaim. Recently she was nominated for Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance at the 2013 Soul Train Awards. And now she has been nominated for a 2014 GRAMMY Award for Best Traditional R&B performance. The nomination is for "Quiet Fire" off of her latest album Blue Velvet Soul. Her version of the Nancy Wilson song is reminiscent of Anita Baker and a time when R&B didn't have to be defined as traditional or not.
Whatever genre she is categorized into, Maysa's voice deserves to be heard and recognized. Congratulations and good luck!