Ma-ya was born in Israel, in 1987.
She is a singer-songwriter, whose parents are South African.
Ma-ya, whose father is both a musician and a builder of musical instruments, was raised on a kibbutz, a communal village, in a home that was always filled with music.
In her early teens she began discovering her voice, started playing the guitar and writing her own songs.
In 2010, she independently recorded her debut album, “Safe & Sound”, and began performing throughout Israel, accompanying herself on guitar.
Ma-ya’s performances and unique voice created a strong buzz in the local music scene, and she began receiving attention from the national TV, press and radio.
In August 2011, she officially released her debut album, Safe & Sound.
The singles from the album, “Is It Alright”, “Safe & Sound” and “Brave Again”, were repeatedly aired on the main Israeli radio stations, as well as on the Israel TV Music Channel, with numerous glowing reviews from the critics.
In early 2012, Ma-ya won Israel’s prestigious ACUM award, for “Best New Artist”/Discovery of the Year”.
Her album reached Gold and the “Safe & Sound” tour included over 100 sold out shows.
In July that year, Ma-ya was chosen to be the opening act for Chris Cornell at the “Shuni Ampitheatre” in Israel.
She also collaborated with the successful electronic band, Infected Mushroom, in the track “Wanted To”.
Over the past two years, Ma-ya has been based in New York, where she recorded her second album and toured throughout the United States.
Among other things, she featured at the Mountain Jam Festival, SXSW Music estival, and was the opening act for Suzanne Vega in New York City.
Ma-ya’s music consists of indie rock and pop, folk, neo-soul,
country Americana and blues.
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