BEHIND THE NAME
Maya Gabrielle Satterwhite was born and raised in Buffalo, NY.
The 21 yr old singer/songwriter self-released her first single, To You, From Me, along with it's accompanying video in 2015, which she produced and co-directed. The single was apart of a live demo collective, titled Arrival.
Following this release, Maya spent the next year building her base by performing her original music, notable venues including Canalside Buffalo, and The Tralf. Taking a step away from her acoustic past to pursue a more grandiose sound, Maya combined her R&B, hip-hop and funk influences. The singer released her first production-based EP, Next Verse, with an accompanying video for the project's single, Boss, in 2016. Her captivating stage presence caught the attention of R&B veteran, Tank, when she was chosen to open up for his Savage Tour in 2017. Behind the lens, the singer has also been involved in modeling campaigns for Dick's Sporting Goods, Jared Jewelers, Mona B, Fisher-Price, and JoAnn Stores.
Her single, Raymond, was the first taste for listeners of her upcoming 2018 EP. The song further establishes Maya's sonic identity, while she puts her twist on an all too common tale; a scorned woman ode to an unfaithful lover. "I wanted to write a song that showcased the strength in overcoming a situation like that, as opposed to the initial sadness. The lyrics are confrontational; it's empowering to be able to say all of the things you want to in a song." The second single, Rose Petals, is a self-love anthem, created as a follow-up to Raymond. “Does he love me, does he love me not? Well, I’ve realized I love me more, and I’m walking away.” With a top-tier writing ability, and a voice all her own, Maya by Name is an artist with a vision - and certainly one to watch.