Paula Maya is an award winning keyboardist, singer, songwriter, composer and arranger originally from Rio de Janeiro. Her current project Paula Maya & Brazilian Soul is a mix of Bossa Nova, Tropicália, Latin Jazz and other World-Pop rhythms. She is a recording artist with six CDs released and songs in several compilations with artists such as Jimmy Cliff and Carolyn Wonderland. In 2016 she was nominated Best Brazilian Musician living in the US by the Focus Web News Brazilian International Press Awards. Her band was voted one of the Top Ten World Music Bands in 2015 and 2014 Austin Chronicle Music Awards. Her new CD 'Iluminar' was nominated for Best 2015/16 World-Global Fusion Album by One World Music in UK.

Paula Maya's passionate voice, keyboard playing and songwriting, with lyrics in both English and Portuguese, and the delicious interplay between band members, create a fresh sound and a powerful experience, bringing together traditional Brazilian percussion instruments with modern electric instruments. Paula Maya & Brazilian Soul always create a high energy, fun and unforgettable experience, with musicians of the highest caliber and a repertoire that includes timeless songs such as Girl From Ipanema, and Maya's original material.

Paula Maya performs with her 5-piece group, her smaller ensemble and as a solo artist. She has performed in countless festivals, universities, clubs and listening rooms in the US and Brazil.

“Keyboardist, singer, and songwriter Paula Maya creates sophisticated and soothing melodies.”
- KUTX 98.9, Austin TX

"The Blanton Museum of Art was very fortunate to have Paula Maya and her band play at our B scene: Bossa Nova event. In addition to being excellent musicians, they were also fantastic to work with and their sound was absolutely perfect for our theme. I would highly recommend them and hope to work with them again soon."
- The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin TX

- Wisconsin Public Radio, NPR

“Paula Maya creates a stunning release with a good dose of South American pizzazz. Iluminar lights up any mood or situation with grace and authenticity.”
- Inside World Music, Canada