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Born (1978-04-16) April 16, 1978 (age 38)
Origin Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Model
Years active 2003 – Present
Labels Eusonia

Maiysha Kai (born April 16, 1978), known professionally as Maiysha, is an American soul/R & B recording artist. She has released two albums, This Much is True in 2008 and UnderCover in 2010.

Early life[edit]

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, Maiysha went to Sarah Lawrence College where she studied vocal performance as well as creative writing and race and gender studies.[1] After graduating, Maiysha moved to New York City to teach at a private school in Manhattan.[1] She also was signed to Ford Models.[2]


Her first album, This Much is True was released August 26, 2008. It was the first release on the Eusonia label. The album was produced by Scott Jacoby, and features 12 original tracks and a cover of Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer".[1] The album also features a duet with Martin Luther.[3][4] The album received press in USA Today,[5] Newsweek,[6] and TV Guide.[7]

Maiysha's first single off the album, "Wanna Be", was released to iTunes on June 24, 2008. Maiysha was nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for "Wanna Be".[8]

In 2010, she released a live album, UnderCover, via Eusonia. The album was recorded at the Blue Note Jazz Club in Manhattan.


  1. ^ a b c Schumacher, David. "NYCMUSICSHOW, Episode 4". Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Gerstenzang, Peter (Fall 2009). "True Believer". Sarah Lawrence College. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Maiysha music on MusicRemedy
  5. ^ This week's playlist: Elysa injects a little soul - Listen Up -
  6. ^ TipSheet : Checklist
  7. ^ Online Video Guide - Trailers, Videos, Clips, Episodes and Previews for Online Videos |
  8. ^ Hines, Kimberley A. (01/06/2009). "Behind the Groove with Mayisha". Retrieved 13 August 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)