Maya Milan, born Maya Russell in Boston, Massachusetts, is taking the music industry by storm with her eclectic sound and strong commanding vocals. Raised in Maryland and self-described as "The Urban Girl Next Door," Maya's music genuinely and soulfully chronicles life from the perspective of a maturing young women who is unafraid to be transparent about her journey. Maya does this by recapturing and reviving the authentic R&B sound, while simultaneously giving it a new urban feel.
Maya began singing at the age of three, performing at the age of 9 by singing “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys at her school talent show, and now at the age of 24 has a timeless and sonic sound that has helped her establish herself as not only a singer, but as songwriter as well. As an artist skilled enough to work amongst industry greats, Maya Milan’s writer's repertoire includes collaborations with notable figures in the industry such as Poohbear and Jeremih.
Maya also has had the opportunity to work with award winning music moguls such as Tina Davis, Dame Dash, and Grammy nominated producer, Zaytoven, in addition to having the pleasure of recording with 1500 Band, Mali Music, singing live for both Timbaland and Ginuwine, and attending a master songwriter’s session with James Fauntleroy. Since the release of her debut EP, “11:11”, in 2016, Maya has been on tour, written and released new music, and collaborated with a number of notable artists. In May of 2017, Maya began performing with Keith Sweat at his Las Vegas residency then moved forward as an official tour vocalist with him and Teddy Riley.
However, moving audiences isn’t new to Maya Milan. Prior to this opportunity, Maya has been able to perform for audiences worldwide, including opening up for artists such as K.Michelle, Rick Ross, Fabolous, and J.Cole.
Maya Milan is currently captivating audiences on the new BET music competition show, “The Next Big Thing”, set to air summer, 2019. When Maya speaks about her biggest influences, she recognizes Mary J. Blige as an inspiration for her vulnerability, Beyonce' for her approach to capturing audiences through iconic performances, and the late and great Whitney Houston for her powerhouse vocal ability. Endorsed by Angie Stone as the next hit vocalist, Maya Milan is an independent artist who will continue to globalize her sound and solidify her place in the music industry.