20-year-old independent artist Maya B has signed to Capitol Records. The label has released her new single “Selenas,” which she wrote and produced herself. A raw, imaginative declaration of personal independence and purpose, “Selenas” is available for download and streaming HERE. View the lyric video HERE. The track received its radio premiere on Garth Trinidad’s KCRW (89.9 FM) show last night. The show is available for streaming at https://www.kcrw.com/live-streams

When the Los Angeles-based artist released her debut single, “Kiss On My Neck” in 2017, she earned the praise of numerous bloggers plus DJ Khaled, who called her “straight fire,” and Zane Lowe, who made “Kiss On My Neck” one of his #Breaking tracks. Lowe selected “River,” her follow-up single, to lead off his playlist of favourite new artists in January 2018 and later played the song on his Beats 1 radio show.

With a poet’s sensibility, Maya B explains, “Art was that whisper I heard at 5, telling me this is what you’re meant to do. Growing up, I was stuck between quick confessions and eternal silence. I was stuck between Mom and Dad. I was stuck between breaking the mold and being cemented into the cracks. I’m still stuck to the way art touched me….Art is that feeling I get when I lose. Art was the push telling me to use this hurt as fuel. Art is spring food for my eyes while irritating my nostrils. Art is the calm sun squeezing through the blinds, waking me up and telling me, ‘get the fuck up and work’.”