Maya Azucena inhabits a musical world of her own creation. Whether performing before an audience of thousands or writing in solitude, she transcends genres and trends. Her progressive yet accessible style is shaped by an expansive vision that unites genres. With Maya Azucena, the worlds of hip hop, soul, jazz, reggae, electronica and pop join forces. Like Lauryn Hill, Corinne Bailey Rae, or Gnarls Barkley, she embodies a singular and finely honed artistry through a combination of profound lyrics, soaring melodies, and irresistible rhythms.
Maya Azucena emerged as a captivating presence on the landscape of popular music following her self-released debut Maya Who?! and the critically acclaimed "Junkyard Jewel." Billboard, The Village Voice, and The Washington Post have all heralded her mesmerizing performances in the U.S. while her music's been featured on HBO (The Wire), NBC (30 Rock), and in advertisements for Verizon Wireless and Ford Motors. Her work with Stephen Marley netted a "Best Reggae Album" Grammy and her vocal contributions to an album by Croatian superstar Gibonni garnered two Porin Awards (the top music award in Croatia). As both an in-demand concert attraction and a Cultural Ambassador for the U.S., she's enthralled audiences in places as far-ranging as Honduras, China, Tanzania, Italy, Myanmar, and Slovenia.
Parallel to her recordings, she's supported a number of charitable initiatives. She performed at the "Save Darfur Rally" in Washington DC, where she appeared among politicians and celebrities such as President Barack Obama and George Clooney. She co-founded MDGFive.com with Emmy-winning director Lisa Russell. Their multi-media website for maternal health awareness prompted an invitation from Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for Maya to perform at the United Nation's 2010 MDG Summit. Maya's also received a Proclamation from the House of Representatives and recently won The Network Journal's prestigious "Top 40 Under 40" Award in recognition of her tireless community work and strong business acumen.