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Maiysha Kai (born April 16, 1978), known professionally as Maiysha, is an American R&B recording artist, writer and editor. She has released two albums, This Much is True in 2008 and UnderCover in 2010.

Born (1978-04-16) April 16, 1978 (age 41)
OriginMinneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Model
Years active2003 – Present

Early lifeEdit

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, Maiysha went to Sarah Lawrence College where she studied vocal performance as well as creative writing and race and gender studies.[1] After graduating, Maiysha moved to New York City to teach at a private school in Manhattan.[1] She also was signed to Ford Models.[2]


Her first album, This Much is True was released August 26, 2008. It was the first release on the Eusonia label. The album was produced by Scott Jacoby, and features 12 original tracks and a cover of Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer".[1] The album also features a duet with Martin Luther.[3] The album received press in USA Today,[4] Newsweek,[5] and TV Guide.[6]

Maiysha's first single off the album, "Wanna Be", was released to iTunes on June 24, 2008. Maiysha was nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for "Wanna Be".[7]

In 2010, she released a live album, UnderCover, via Eusonia. The album was recorded at the Blue Note Jazz Club in Manhattan.

In recent years, Maiysha became a managing editor for the website The Root's vertical, The Glow Up.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Schumacher, David. "NYCMUSICSHOW, Episode 4". Archived from the original on 14 December 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  2. ^ Gerstenzang, Peter (Fall 2009). "True Believer". Sarah Lawrence College. Archived from the original on 13 June 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ This week's playlist: Elysa injects a little soul - Listen Up -[dead link]
  5. ^ "TipSheet : Checklist". Archived from the original on 13 April 2008.
  6. ^ Online Video Guide - Trailers, Videos, Clips, Episodes and Previews for Online Videos | Archived 2011-07-23 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Hines, Kimberley A. (January 6, 2009). "Behind the Groove with Mayisha". Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Maiysha Kai Managing Editor, The Glow Up at The Root". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2019-03-27.