While we spend a lot of time complaining about what’s “wrong” with popular music, there are many artists out here making the same tunes that we claim we’re longing to hear. You just have to look a little bit harder to find them.
Brooklyn-based Chicago-native ArinMaya is one of those artists. She’s soulful and earthy, without being pretentious. She’s organic and rootsy without coming off like she’s sitting with the India.Arie playbook and faking the funk. Oh, and she can sing her ass off! Her bio tells no lies when mentioning that she brings to memory ‘the sensuality and mystery of Sade, the deep hurt of Billie, and the wisdom of Nina.”
A Howard graduate, ArinMaya spent time honing her craft in Paris and Berlin before settling in Brooklyn’s Bedford Stuyvesant. She has performed in numerous NYC venues, including the world famous Blue note and has been writing, collaborating and growing steadily. he released her debut, The Sound of ArinMaya, in 2010.
Last week, ArinMaya released her first full-length album Let The Love Come, which was created along with longtime co-writer and guitarist Nick Cassarino. The project has funk, soul, rock and even gospel sounds, and features covers of Lauryn Hill and D’Angelo’s “Nothing Even Matters” and Stevie Wonder’s “Loves In Need Of Love Today”. It’s meditative, sensual and loving all at once.