Maisy Kay is a lot like her music. At first, both seem small in their stature. But listen and look a little more closely, past the sparse but haunting piano keys and beyond the singer’s pint-sized frame, and you’ll find an artist with a sound and vision of unmistakably epic proportion. The delicate lilting of Maisy’s music is almost an illusion, beckoning listeners with a false sense of calm before exploding into bombastic rhapsodies adorned with massive arrangements and a voice so soaring, it could not possibly belong to someone so slight. But like the ASCAP Foundation Award-winning songwriter herself, make no mistake: Maisy Kay’s music is not to be underestimated.
It makes sense that an artist as dedicated to her craft as Maisy would so masterfully blur the line between music and self in this way; it’s as if Maisy Kay’s songs are not merely crafted in a recording studio, but are an extension of her being distilled from her very essence. At first unassuming, they reveal great depth below the surface, brimming with vulnerability and yearning while cinematic full band and string arrangements surge underneath. An obsession with musical theatre in Maisy’s youth coalesced with her love of classic rock to birth this style, an effortless combination of singer-songwriter intimacy, classic rock bombast, and Broadway grandiosity.
Her unique sonic approach that spans generations and defies typical genre categorization is no coincidence. After moving to Los Angeles from London, she took nearly four years patiently honing her sound through collaborations and experimentation before officially releasing any music. Now, with her 2017 EP Disguises under her belt and a EP entitled "Do Better" on the way in 2019, she writes and performs most of her songs alone at the piano, an instrument she taught herself before also picking up the guitar. Her songwriting is informed by a love of The Beatles and Queen, and the ambition of her signature power ballads reveal a lifelong devotion to Celine Dion.
Maisy has had a number of honors throughout her career, including two performances at the Latin Music Songwriting Hall of Fame Awards, a concert at the storied Mint venue in Los Angeles, a feature for her song "Blood Filled Tears" and her voice acting in the video game Lorelei, as well as a placement of her song "Heart of the Ocean" in the Arnold Schwarzenegger narrated documentary Wonders of the Sea, for which she was invited to perform at the premieres in Cannes, Spain, and the UN.
Her music videos and cover performances, which often encompass her love of cos-play, have garnered more than 100,000 combined views on YouTube. Maisy Kay is currently hard at work on a brand new video series in support of her 2017 EP Disguises. The five part short film, which will provide a novel visual arc to the previously released music, is further evidence of Maisy’s multifaceted artistry, and will showcase her imaginative storytelling as well as her talent as an actress.