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

Marko Nobles

Marko Nobles

Host & Exec. Producer, CoM&L

Edward Austin Hall

Edward Austin Hall

FAS Editorial Director

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