Maya has developed her love for music and performing since she was a young child. Maya’s captivating studio recordings and music videos have acquired national attention on CDC radio, Roundhouse Radio and other social media outlets around the world.
Besides singing, Maya is also a student of the double bass and piano. She is an experienced live performer, busker and musician with a passion for music and performing. Maya is inspired by musicians like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and modern day artists like Megan Trainer, Ed Sheeran, The Beatles and Adele.
Maya has performed on many stages and various venues including The Vancouver Jazz Festival 2013, Jazz Vespers, Pyatt Hall and Blue Frog Studios. She has shared the stage with prominent artists and musicians such as Cecile Larochelle, Tim Tamashiro, Jodi Proznick, Tilden Webb, Luis Giraldo, Jesse Cahill, Eli Bennett, Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, Jaclyn Guillou, and the cast of the YTV Television show ‘Some Assembly Required.’
In March of 2016, Maya participated in the Women in Jazz Series with Vancouver Coastal Jazz. She released her full-length album ‘Sapphire Birds’ through Cellar Live at the end of 2016.
Maya’s holiday recording "I’m Still Waiting For Christmas" Continues to win awards including the Top 10 Holiday Tunes of 2015 on Airplay. Tim Tamashiro, host of CBC Radio says the song is "destined to become a Christmas Classic."
Maya believes that music can contribute to making important social change in the world and she is passionate about using her voice in contribution towards social justice. In 2015, she helped raise awareness and more than $13,000 for Nepal Earthquake Victims and just months later Maya shared her music in Voice Into action, a social justice event inspiring youth to get engaged in human rights.
In April 2016 Maya shared her music and performance for a fund raiser for the settlement of two Syrian Refugee Families who arrived in Vancouver later in the year.
"Listening to Maya Rae’s Sapphire Birds, it is difficult to believe
that the singer is just 14 years old. Her vocalizing is versatile
and inventive, her originals are sophisticated, and she sounds
very mature, making her age seem irrelevant." -Scott Yanow, Jazz Journalist & Historian
From left to right: Andre Lachance (bass), Cory Weeds (sax), Maya Rae (vocals), Miles Black (piano), Vince Mai (trumpet), Joel Fountain (drums) during the recording of ‘Sapphire Birds’