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Debut album by up and coming Vancouver singer/songwriter Maya Rae!
Maya and her brother, Gabriel, started writing songs together in the summer of 2018. Inspired by
classic singers like Carole King and Nina Simone, iconic performers such as The Beatles and Joni
Mitchell as well as modern-day artists like Ed Sheeran and Adele, Maya felt ready to record an
album of original material.
That’s where veteran roots musician and producer, Steve Dawson came in. On the strength of the
demo she sent him, Dawson invited Maya to come to Nashville, saying that he had time to record
the very next week. She flew down a few days later and almost immediately found herself at
Black Hen Studio, surrounded by some of the hottest young musicians in Nashville with whom
Steve had gathered to collaborate with Maya on the new material. With a group that included
Kai Welch, (keyboards/trumpet) Jamie Dick (drums), John Estes (bass) as well as The Birds Of
Chicago on supporting vocals and Dawson on guitars, Maya dove right into five days of intense
recording and ‘Can You See Me?’ is the result. With only one vocal retake in the whole session,
the group recorded live off the floor.
In Maya’s words, ‘Can You See Me?’ became a tribute to human cooperation and the merging of
artistic visions with all the contributions from the musicians coming together. But, as good as the
music supporting Maya is, her voice and songs are always the central focus. Melodically
challenging, lyrically compelling and beautifully phrased, Maya’s songs reflect on experiences
with an insight one would usually expect from a much more seasoned performer. “All of the songs
are relevant to my own life. The title track, ‘Can You See Me?’ is about choosing to remove the
masks we wear to reveal our true selves.