At only twenty, New York based artist Maya Satterwhite is very sure of where she’s headed. In her music video for “Boss,” the young singer takes total control of a group of stoic men – dancing around them in a white blazer and red heels, letting them know who’s in charge. It’s exciting to see a new artist so fiercely in her power. With her EP ‘Next Verse’ out now, and new projects on the horizon, it’s a pretty safe bet that Maya is on a fast track to superstardom.
How did you get started in music?
I began singing at five years old in the chorus in elementary school. I remember being inspired by my music teacher at the time, who told me she heard something special in my voice. That was an encouraging moment that I carried with me. I started writing my thoughts as poems in middle school, probably around the 8th grade. I had played the saxophone in the school band, and decided I wanted to give the guitar a try. My parents bought me my first acoustic, and I took those poems and turned them into lyrics, arranging my own chord progressions. I didn’t know how to play, so I just watched videos of other guitarists on YouTube and went with what sounded good to me. I took those songs to local open mic nights, and eventually, created my first project.
To someone who has never heard you, how would you describe your musical style?
My style is in the Pop/R&B vein. I like to incorporate other genres and flavors that inspire me into my music.
Who are some of your biggest influences?
Prince, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera
What’s your favorite, recording studio or live?
Live, no question! There’s nothing in the world like connecting with an audience, and the rush I feel when I’m putting on a show. I love providing an experience where you can forget all of your troubles in that moment, and just have a good time.
What’s a moment that you consider a highlight of your career?
One of the biggest highlights for me was putting together my first concert, at Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY. I booked the venue, hired the band, scheduled the rehearsals, and worked on the arrangements. It was so fun! I also recently opened for Tank at his concert in Buffalo, and that was such an incredible moment!
What do you feel is your biggest challenge?
A challenge that I’ve been working through is allowing vulnerability, and opening up. I think sometimes it’s hard because you go through a phase of wanting everyone to “like” you. It’s realizing that music is subjective, and you won’t be for everybody. But to someone, you could be exactly what they need to hear. So I want to write about things that make me cry, that make me scream. And on the other hand, it feels like there’s a discomfort level in females discussing their sexuality or their strength. I think it’s important that I stay true to expressing those things –unapologetically.
Many people define success differently. What does the phrase “making it” mean to you?
Success for me is being able to positively impact someone’s life through my art. Music is a healer; I want to be able to heal, empower, and inspire.
What are you working on next?
I will be producing new visuals for my latest EP, ‘Next Verse,’ and subsequently heading back into the studio to work on my next project.
Where can we hear more of you?
Official Site – www.mayaofficialmusic.com