* New CD 'Iluminar' Nominated for Best 2015/16 World / Global Fusion Album by One World Music in UK.

 * Nominated for Best Brazilian Musician living in the USA in the Focus Web News 2016 Press Awards.
* Selected as one of the 2016 artists to be considered for a grant from Austin's Black Fret.
 * In the Top Ten World Music Bands in the 2015 & 2014 Austin Chronicle Music Awards.
2016 Paula Maya Promo Video
“Keyboardist, singer, and songwriter Paula Maya creates sophisticated and soothing melodies.”
- KUTX Austin TX
- Wisconsin Public Radio

"It’s all rolled together so seamlessly that it makes for a captivating whole."
- Texas Music Monthly

“In her sixth studio album, “Iluminar,” she digs deeper into her Brazilian roots.”
- Austin360
“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
- KRTU San Antonio

"Rolling by as gently as a samba filled breeze, there's a whole lot more than that going on...  just a magnificent whole. A winner throughout."
- Midwest Record
Pic by Lisa Hause

Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards Voting member.

Paula Maya is a Brazilian multi-lingual singer, songwriter, keyboardist and an international recording and performing artist. Her songs are strongly influenced by Brazilian music, jazz and world-pop.

Paula has released six CDs of mostly original music, including the latest Iluminar - 2015, which garnered wonderful reviews from both press and the public alike. Paula is from Rio de Janeiro,
the birthplace of bossa nova and songs such as Girl from Ipanema. Rio is also where choro, a Brazilian be-bop-like music, was born a century before bossa nova. Both music styles, as well as Brazilian dance music like samba and baião, are heard in Paula's songs. Another strong influence is the eclectic community of musicians from different parts of the world that Paula is a part of, in Austin TX and in Seattle, where she used to live. Different genres such as jazz, country, reggae and soukous inspire fresh music blends.

Paula studied Classical Piano with the renown pianist Luiz Medalha and at the Brazilian Federal University of Music. She was certified in Music Theory at the Conservatory of Music in Rio de Janeiro, studied Composition with Maestro Leonardo Sá, and Jazz piano, Improvisation, Harmony and bossa nova with the great pianist and arranger Luizinho Eça, who used to call her, affectionately, 'geniozinho' (petite genius). Maya studied voice with Maestro David Kyle in Seattle and Mady Kaye in Austin, TX.

Prior to leading her own groups, Paula performed with dozens of bands in a variety of music styles, including the legendary jazz /swing /MPB Orquestra Tabajara in Brazil. She has shared the stage with artists such as Caetano Veloso, Leila Pinheiro, Djavan, Vinicius Cantuaria, Teo Lima and Batacoto, Cyril Neville, Tab Benoit, Mitch Watkins and The Presidents of the United States of America. Paula has songs in several compilations, including  Delicacy , featuring songs with artists such as  Jimmy Cliff.

For 12 years Maya co-hosted the Brazilian radio show Raizes, on KBCS 91.3FM in Seattle/ Bellevue.