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WEDNESDAY MAY 10
Shout Hallelujah with Maiya Sykes
Gospel to Gershwin and Beyond
Powerhouse, jazz and blues vocalist, Maiya Sykes returns with her band for a concert illuminating the presence of gospel music in popular music over the last century. With arrangements by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jimmy McHugh and more.
Maiya, who studied under Nina Simone, and Betty Carter, had a four-chair turning debut on season 7 of The-Voice. She has provided back-up vocals for for The Black Eyed Peas, Macy Gray, Fantasia, Joss Stone, Michael Buble, Leona Lewis and Rita Ora. She was a featured backup singer for Macy Gray in her live show for more than five years. She als provided backgrounds and was featured in the Oscar award winning film La La Land.
As a recording artist, Maiya released a dance single with DJ Manny Lehman, “Body Rock”, recorded under the pseudonym Oceana, which reached number 1 on the Billboard Dance Charts in 2009. She began working with Postmodern Juxebox in 2014, a band popular from its videos on Youtube. Her featured videos with Postmodern Juxebox have received over 3 million views and have been mentioned in Time Magazine and the Huffington Post.