“a unique voice…an ancient sound”
—Grammy-nominated jazz singer Gregory Porter
ArinMaya is a vocalist, songwriter and arranger whose improvisational style carries a healing sound that defies categorization. She is a captivating performer and multi-genre soul artist, experimenting with jazz, folk, blues, ambient, electro and afrobeat influences.
Grammy-nominated jazz singer Gregory Porter describes her as having “a unique voice…an ancient sound,” so it’s no surprise that to some audiences she evokes Nina Simone vibes. In 2010, after catching the attention of Grammy-winning singer and humanitarian Maya Azucena, ArinMaya became Maya’s go-to background vocalist until 2016. In 2011 and 2012 she had the life-changing opportunity to study Circlesinging with Bobby McFerrin and Voicestra; the experience deeply inspired her live performances and overall approach to writing. In 2017, ArinMaya joined the Resistance Revival Chorus, whose mission aligns perfectly with her own, and soon became a featured arranger and vocalist. With them she has taken the stage at Carnegie Hall and Joe's Pub alongside musical greats like Carly Simon and Phillip Glass, among others. She also co-headlines The Experi3nce, a musical supergroup with whom she's played exciting venues including New York's famed Blue Note Jazz Club, the Highline Ballroom, SOHO House and National Sawdust.
Though she's been called "the mayor of Brooklyn," ArinMaya was born and raised on Chicago’s south side where she began her journey of musical appreciation through West African dance and immersion in Chicago’s diverse choral scene. Her professional musical career started when she abandoned the New York grind to explore a fully artistic life in Paris. Upon return, she began working with Nick Cassarino (Nth Power, Big Daddy Kane) and various neo- and electro-soul producers. Since then ArinMaya has committed herself to creating music with like-minded talent across the genres of soul, jazz, hip-hop, and world music, including her debut EP, The Sound of ArinMaya (2010), a hit cover of Diana Ross’ Love Hangover (2010), and her full length project, Let the Love Come (2011). ArinMaya continues to book venues small and large like Rockwood Music Hall, Harlem Stage, SOB's Sol Village, Core Club, Sofar Sounds and The Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
In 2019, ArinMaya will release new solo work. Stay up to date by following her on Instagram @arinmaya and by visiting www.ArinMaya.com.
Compassion is important...I want people to feel like they are being seen…to learn themselves, love themselves, heal themselves, forgive themselves and then go out in the world and do the same thing for others.
"Let The Love Come is an acoustic, jazzy, soulful, yet more folk driven album…it’s a great example of just how ArinMaya wraps folk around her finger and does with it what she fancies. The debut single “Lemon Drops” is quite reminiscent of Stevie Wonder’s teaching of empowerment, inspiration and forward thinking. Her cover of “Nothing Even Matters” is given a whole new life. There’s no fuss—it’s simplistic and harmonious and it works. There are two things that are quite noticeable on the album. One is the clever writing. The lyrics can be intense, soft and relatable. The second is the pairing of ArinMaya and Nick Cassarino, they are just brilliant. They seem to mesh effortlessly. Whether in a duet or standing alone, these two are definitely an outstanding pair. Let The Love Come is all ArinMaya, with a little dusting of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder and others before her that have paved the way."
— Ann Marie Collymore, Soulafrodisiac
"I first heard the angelic voice of ArinMaya thanks to an article on BamaLoveSoul, where they presented her project, the amazing Sound of ArinMaya. I was immediately mesmerised by ArinMaya's voice but also deeply touched by the emotional and spiritual content of the EP. While her debut EP was an eclectic collection of tracks showcasing her vocal skills over varied genres which allowed her to explore different sides of her personality/art, this acoustic album is more focused on folk and soul. From the very first notes of "Around" to the last of "Lemon Drops," I could feel chills down my spine, a smile of my face and a rush of tears to the edge of my eyes. I feel blessed every time I can experience such beauty and it helps me keep faith in humanity and the world."
— Carminelitta, The Wonderful World of Carminelitta
"With a presence reminiscent to Grammy-winning soul singer India.Arie and vocal colors similar to Oakland songstress Goapele, indie singer ArinMaya may just be on to something great. The Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based artist treated fans to her eclectic sounds recently at the Singersroom sponsored "Sol Village" at SOBs in New York City. ArinMaya performed several songs, including the Singersroom favorite "(I Want) To Be Beautiful." Keep your eye open for ArinMaya!"
"...an awesome EP from the Chicago-born singer...a subtle blend of jazz, soul and electrobeat done very well."
— Terrance Wilmore, ThisisREALMusic.com
"The beautiful thing about ArinMaya is how she transcends musical genres to deliver a refreshing blend of soul-stirring vocals and instrumentation."
— Fave, Groovmnt.com
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