At only 19-years-old, the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Maya B is well on track to becoming a household name. She has been writing songs since she was 6 years old and taught herself to produce in her bedroom on GarageBand, finding inspiration in the diverse works of Missy Elliott, alt - J, Erykah Badu and Connan Mockasin. At 18 she left school to focus on her music and wrote over 100 songs, including the stunning debut single "Kiss On My Neck". Check it out below and get ready as this artist is set to takeoff;
Following the chorus and slight analog bridge, Maya B does something that I see many seasoned pop artists shy away from. And that's having the confidence in your vocals to take advantage of subtle acapella moments in a track and not feeling like you need to pile on more sounds to cover up potentially beautiful downtempo moments - which she did on this track during a moment of light key play in the background. As a debut single, from such a fresh young artist, one could say that the what sounds like experienced vocals here is, in fact, a highly practiced natural talent. This was made evident to me during the various times she delivered vocals with a precision that fit the right portion of the track - soft and flowy, then confident and alluring. You better keep an eye out for this one as you know we will be.