From Detroit to London, Sierra Leone to New York to LA, Mayaeni has traveled far and wide,
absorbing the many cultures she's experienced, bringing a depth to her music and lyrics that far
belies her 24 years. The daughter of a West African mother and a Jewish father—a former
guitar player who played with Sylvester, Carl Carlton and Jimmy Ruffin -- Mayaeni has had no
shortage of influences to draw from in her rich cultural background.
She started recording demos for other artists and working with hip hop based producers. After
cutting a few demos with one of her idols, Billy Lawrence, she released her first self-titled indie
album with producer Shaun Fisher (Mandy Moore). The album was well received and resulted in
shows in New York and Detroit as well as a tour of Japan. While in Japan, Glad News Clothing,
a popular label in Japan, New York and Los Angeles, signed her to an endorsement contract,
unheard of for an independent artist.
It was not long before Mayaeni caught the ear of multi-platinum producer/songwriter Toby Gad
(Fergie’s Big Girls Don’t Cry, Beyonce’s If I Were A Boy). They co-wrote 5 songs together in
In the fall of 2008, Mayaeni signed a development deal with mega producer/songwriter Linda
Perry’s Custard Records. She penned songs with numerous well-known writers/producers
including Boots Ottestad, Sam Bisbee, Martin “Doc McKinney” and Linda Perry. Upon expiration
of the development deal with Custard, Mayaeni returned to New York, where she incorporated
her experiences of the last few years in her new songs, resulting in a unique and fresh sound,
with an immediacy and honesty too often missing in today’s music.
Mayaeni is a seasoned live performer whose poise and confidence are at odds with her youth.
And she wants to keep things simple: “I'm interested in making music that people can relate to
and that is real”. And real is just what Mayaeni is. Her skilled blending of the old school with the
new promises great things for 2010. The start of 2010 already shows that, with Mayaeni
being extensively featured in the Target/Converse ‘One Star’ Ad-Campaign from January and
her first single ‘The Right Way’ going to radio in February.