Mya Elaine

Mya Elaine

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

A first class talent. When Mya Elaine sings any of her songs, she is transported body and soul into that song, and anyone lucky enough to be a witness is transported right along with her. I look forward to her ongoing output as she is obviously a mature talent with a bright future.

Biography

Mya grew up in central New York with her musical career beginning on piano at an early age. Her musical interest expanded as she learned trumpet, taught herself the drum kit, and learned guitar. She started writing music of her own in high school and continued throughout her career at Smith College, releasing her first album "Getting Deep in Roots", in 2003. Mya began performing at venues throughout Massachusetts and was featured on Smith TV in 2003. Her sophmore release, "About the Tide (2006)," gained attention when two songs were chosen for use in the PBS documentary series, Road Trip Nation. Her newest album, "Before I Get Gone" released in March 2008, and was recorded, mixed and produced by Mya, with only the use of her MAC computer and Garage Band. "Before I Get Gone" features Mya on acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, piano, trumpet, percussion and violin. It also features her drummer Sean Martin, and Colin Lake on lap slide guitar. "Before I Get Gone" focuses loosely on the theme of change, and the trials and tribulations that come along with making those changes. The title track, "Before I Get Gone" is an acknowledgment of the need for staying present during those transitions. Mya describes this album as a display of her personal growth after moving from the east coast to the west coast. Mya currently resides in Portland OR, and came second in a local songwriter's competition last year.

Mya's voice has been compared to Emmylou Harris and Beth Orton, and her music stylings have been compared to Ani DiFranco and Fleetwood Mac. These counts these songwriters as well as Iron and Wine, Bob Dylan and Patty Griffin as her strongest influences.

For Booking contact:

Mya Elaine
(971) 678-5417
myaemusic@yahoo.com

Lyrics

Sunday Afternoon

Written By: Mya Elaine

Sunday Afternoon
Untouched distance, space between where
we come and where we go
It’s just a sunday afternoon
tramping through the snow
I am not a brave gal,
only at my best
but these folks they put me to the test

and you know, I’m beginning to like the snow

Chorus:
Oh and it’s as if we’re the only ones who
know it’s there
it’s as if we’re the only ones who really care
you say we’d survive alone in the woods
how we’d have fun getting lost and then getting out.

Can you inherit a good sense of direction
can you see the mirror of my reflection
I left you at the bar, with nothing left to say
I always like to leave things in that way

And you know, I’m beginning to like the snow.

Chorus:
Oh and it’s as if we’re the only ones who know it’s there
It’s as if we’re the only ones who would stop and stare
You say we’d survive alone in the woods
how we’d have fun getting lost, and then getting out.

One Horse Town

Written By: Mya Elaine

Can you see the passage you are on?
Can you feel the time it takes to get where you're goin'

The sky is gray, and you're just tryin to make it through another day

Nothin's going to make you stay like this

You grew up in a one horse town
then you rode that one horse straight out of town
you got lost, so you could get found

and no one came to find you X2
so you found yourself, and you settled down

Nothing's going to make you stay like this

You learned freedom is to choose
but you taught yourself that freedom is to lose
it's not a choice unless there's nothing left to lose

No one's going to make you stay like this

the sky is gray, and you're just trying to make it through another day

Before I Get Gone

Written By: Mya Elaine

Before I get gone, I just want to say
you are part of the reason it's been a good day

before I get gone, convince me to stay
and I'll buy a ticket to catch the next train home

This city has everything I need,
big mountains, big buildings and the sea,
and it has you, and one day it'll have me.

before I get gone..

Change is inevitable
change is good, I know
but I've got this ball in hand
and I don't know where to throw.

I Think I Thought Something

Written By: Mya Elaine

I think I thought something about life, a bit different than this. You’re a car without gasoline and I always put it into fifth. I think I thought something about life, a bit different than this. You want to run around on the town, shaking your fists. I want to bring the whiskey home. I want to sit on my front porch and drink it alone. What would you say if I told you, I don’t need you anymore? What would you think it I told you, I don’t care anymore? I think I thought something about love, a bit different than this. You were taught how to be a good wife, you were taught how to give. And I taught myself how to laugh, and how to have fun. I taught myself how to fall asleep at night, on my own. Chorus. I think I thought something about life, a bit different than this. You’re a mustang without gasoline and I always threw it into fifth.

Finally

Written By: Mya Elaine

I can see what people say. They see you as you walk away. The frightened part of me says, come closer. You give only to lose, the little piece that’s been stolen from you again and again until you refuse, and then they walk away. Finally I look to you, like me. Finally, I am me. I don’t know what road I am on. I took a right, but you were gone, gone, gone. No tail lights to be seen. It’s just me, me, me. Finally I look to you, like me.

Discography

Before I Get Gone- 2008
1. Before I Get Gone
2. I think I thought Something
3. Black and Blue and Gray
4. One Horse Town
5. Finally
6. This Train
7. Home
8. Running Through
9. Interesting Collision
10. The Next Rain
11. Perfect Order
12. One Thing Left
13. The Highway

About the Tide- 2006
1. About the Tide
2. Better Way Out
3. Red as the Day
4. Mr. Black Crow
5. Eclipse
6. Reflections
7. Pieces
8. Candle
9. Sunday Afternoon
10. Outrun You
11. The Color Song
12. Glory
13. Open up your Window
14. Take me Down

Getting Deep in Roots- 2003
1. The Right Time
2. Frozen
3. Holy Crusade
4. For You
5. Infinity
6. Grandma's House
7. To Blame
8. Better Off
9. Everything is Alright
10. The Way You Wanted It
11. Fill Her Shoes
12. Crazy
13. This Pocket

Set List

Mya performs on acoustic guitar, electric guitar and banjo. Sean Martin backs her up on drums, and efforts are being made to expand to a band format.
Mya's music and styles are adaptable to suit a simple acoustic setup, or a rock venue. There are a broad range of musical genres in her style allowing her to play many different types of shows. Whether you are looking for a laid back feel, or a hard rocking feel, Mya can deliver it.

Mya can do short sets as an opener or can maintain a strong full, two sets of about 45 minutes each, and anything in between.

Typical cover artists include: Bob Dylan, Gillian Welch, The Weepies, Patty Griffin, The Cranberries, Neil Young and The Be Good Tanyas