CoM&L 5 – Maysa Leak

CoM&L 5 – Maysa Leak

CoM&L - episode 5 with Maysa Leak Maysa talks about her trip from Broadway love to love as a battlefield Maysa Leak blames a Broadway musical for inspiring her singing career. At age six she saw a production of “Purlie,” an experience she describes on her website: “When Melba Moore came on stage and sang her heart out, I knew at that moment I wanted to make people feel the way she made me feel.” Maysa, who performs under her first name, sang backup for Stevie Wonder in the early 1990s. In the mid ’90s she sang lead for the ever-changing ensemble Incognito. Her self-titled debut album, “Maysa,” appeared in 1995. Nine albums later she had a musical reunion with Stevie Wonder, who wrote (and plays harmonica on) her 2011 tribute to Michelle and Barack Obama, “Have Sweet Dreams.” Now, with more than a quarter century as a soul singer behind her, the Baltimore native is paying tribute to her fellow musicians with an album of covers: “Love Is a Battlefield,” which includes a smoldering version of Pat Benatar’s 1983 hit of the same title, is slated to launch May 26, 2017. Hear her in this week’s episode of ‘Conversations on Music & Life”  Saturday morning, starting at 11a EDT/10a CDT/8a PDT. Click here to listen the stream. —Edward Austin Hall Conversations on Music & Life Marko Nobles Host & Exec. Producer, CoM&L Edward Austin Hall FAS Editorial...

CoM&L Episode 4 - Will Downing Almost 30 years into his career, Will Downing keeps on earning his “Prince of Sophisticated Soul” sobriquet. With last summer’s “Black Pearls,” he put his own polish on songs previously recorded by legends including Chaka Khan, Angela Winbush, and Phyllis Hyman. That project had its roots in a conversation about Downing covering Hyman’s “Meet Me on the Moon.” Once he did, he saw an opportunity to honor some of his soul-music sheroes. Of course, this silken baritone and veteran composer is also an original in his own right. Among his songwriting credits are the anthem “I’ll Wait” and the lilting “Something Special.” Clearly, that last title also describes Downing himself. Edward Austin Hall Author Conversations on Music & Life (CoM&L) is a weekly program which presents relaxed conversations with artists from the Jazz and R&B genres for digital audiences. Host and producer Marko Nobles invites the greats and soon-to-be greats to join him for an hour of music and conversation. The artist selects the music: music they were, and continue to be, influenced by. The conversation about the music leads to a discussion of a myriad of topics including social issues, business and politics. Most importantly, he allows them to share what they think is important to them and gives us the listeners a deeper insight into the artist and the person that they...