Maiysha: One to Watch

Maiysha
ESSENCE.COM Oct, 01, 2008

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Even as a baby, the contemporary soul artist had the face of a winner.

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Emerging to the forefront, Maiysha shows the class that she’s ready to take center stage.

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A self-proclaimed shy girl, the young performer got her first big role as Dorothy in a school musical production of “The Wiz.”

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Maiysha’s father, an attorney, was a college DJ and offered the singer musical inspiration.

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The singer, looking gorgeous here in her prom dress, was noted for her “quirky” style growing up and even dubbed Denise [Huxtable] by her parents.

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Maiysha, who began modeling to pay off student loans, has appeared in major fashion campaigns.

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The former model offers versatility and imagination in her music. She remade rock singer Peter Gabriel’s 1986 hit “Sledgehammer” on her debut album, “This Much Is True.”

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Maiysha, who sets an intimate mood in the studio, was influenced by R&B divas like Chaka Khan and Diana Ross.

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