Paula Maya

Paula Maya

 Austin, Texas, USA

Following the trend of artists such as Paul Simon and Caetano Veloso (from Brazil) but with a definite style of her own, singer-songwriter- keyboardist Paula Maya' songs meld together her Brazilian roots with American and World beats and melodies, with lyrics to inspire the mind.


Paula Maya is a gifted keyboardist and a singer with an unmistakable voice. She has an unique songwriting style that draws from her very diverse musical influences. Maya studied classical piano at the Brazilian Federal University of Music and graduated from the Brazilian Conservatory in music theory. She also studied Medieval music, a genre she has a passion for. It was with the legendary pianist / arranger Luizinho Eca, who took Paula under his wings, that she was exposed to the wonders of Jazz, harmony and improvisation. Of course, being a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian music is in her blood. But it was after she moved to the US in 1993, first to Houston TX then to Seattle WA, now back to Tx, Austin, that she fell in love with Rock, Pop, Reggae, Afro-Pop, Ska and Country-Americana.

In Rio she started her performing and teaching music career. There she had the privilege to share the stage with artists such as Caetano Veloso, Leila Pinheiro and Djavan. In Seattle she studied vocal technique with the re-Known Maestro David Kyle and with Seattle Opera singer Steve Wall. She also co-hosted the Brazilian music radio show Raizes on KBCS 91.3fm for 12 years. She's been touring the West Coast, TX and Rio de Janeiro for the last several years, and her band has opened for and/or shared the stage with: The Presidents of the United States of America, Tab Benoit, Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Vinicius Cantuaria, Teo Lima e Batacoto, and many more. Paula Maya moved to the US to develop her career as a recording artist. Since then she started her own record label Yellow House Records and released 5 albums of original music. Maya has also been featured in several music compilations.


"Paula" 2007 - Yellow House Records
"Resurrection" 2003- Yellow House Records
"Resurrection 1st Half" 2000 -self released - EP
"New Perspective" 1995 -Wow Mom Records -
"West of the Pecos" 1995 Wow Mom Records
"Northwest Heavy Hitters" 1999 Disk Makers
"G.I.N.A For Missing Persons" 2002
"Music for the Minority" 2002 Heyday Records
"IRL Midem, France 2006", IRL Music

Set List

Paula Maya and her band perform original music sprinkled by a few favorite covers, done their way.

Turn Around
High On You
O Mar
Old Man
Suga Suga
Three Little Birds
One Love
Chove Chuva