- July 28th 2017, 8-9pm Paula Maya Trio live at Texas Rebel Radio from The Club at Baron's Creek Fredericksburg TX. On line and KFAN 107.9FM
- July 23rd 2017 Paula Maya was featured on Dr Mara Karpel Your Golden Years on blogtalkradio.com


- May 12th 2017, 8-9pm Paula Maya Trio live at Texas Rebel Radio from The Club at Baron's Creek Fredericksburg TX. On line and KFAN 107.9FM




- 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.
QUOTES


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


"Superb"
- 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

"Outstanding!"
- 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

"Maya delivers as both vocalist and keyboardist... (her) love for what she does is evident throughout, thus this disc is a topflight pleasure."
- World Music Central

“Illuminar, which means 'to shine' in Portuguese, is definitely what she reflects with her Austin debut as a producer. Shine on!”
- TODO Austin

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
 

2015/16 Iluminar Nominated for Best World / Global Fusion Album
- One World Music, UK

2016 Nominated for a Music Grant
- Black Fret

2016 Nominated for Best Brazilian Musician in the US
- Focus Web News Music Awards
 
2015 Top Ten Best World Music Bands
- Austin Chronicle Music Awards

2014 Top Ten Best World Music Bands.
- Austin Chronicle Music Awards

2014 World Music Emerging Artist.
- Deli Magazine

2012, March Emerging Artist.
- Coast To Coast AM with host George Noory

2009 Nominated for Best Female Singer.
- Seattle Hot Rocks TV Show Music Awards

2009 Best Non Traditional Rock Instrumentalist.
- Seattle Hot Rocks TV Show Music Awards    

2008 Pre Selected - Paula's 2007 release Paula.

- Brazilian Tim Music Awards

2006 Best Brazilian Songwriter.
- Seattle Weekly Music Awards

2005 Nominated for Best World Band in Seattle.
- Seattle Weekly Music Awards

2001 Ressurrection - Best Ethnic Song - 2nd Place.
- Just Plain Folks International Music Awards

2000 Ressurrection - Title track of Resurrection 1st Half Featured.
- The Learning Curve (the movie)



INTERVIEWS


COFFEE BREAK WITH CANDACE BELLAMY - 6-30-2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaLVkerXy3g

NEW CD FEATURED / INTERVIEW ON KPFT Houston, TX 11-14-2015


NEW CD FEATURED / INTERVIEW ON KRTU San Antonio, TX 6-26-2015
 

FEATURED PERFORMING LIVE / INTERVIEW ON KUTX 98.9FM
http://kutx.org/musicarchive/paula-maya-kutx-04-27-2015

LIVE ON KXAN TV - 512 STUDIO  4-22-2015
http://kxan.com/2015/04/24/paula-maya/

REVIEWS
 

2015 YELLOW HOUSE RECORDS
PAULA MAYA / Iluminar

AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN 360 MAGAZINE - 4-24-2015

In the past decade, Austin’s growing Brazilian music scene has risen and carved out its own vibrant space in the city’s musical landscape. Among the musicians helping boost the visibility of Brazilian artists locally is singer /songwriter and keyboardist Paula Maya. In her sixth studio album, “Iluminar,” she takes a departure from previous pop, electronica and rock-influenced albums and digs deeper into her Brazilian roots.

Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Maya’s latest record of mostly Portuguese songs feature everything from traditional bossa nova to a reggae-inspired pop tune. “Iluminar” releases May 4, and Austinites can celebrate at the CD release party on May 7 at the One-2-One Bar. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are available for $10 online at one2onebar.com. Check out Paula Maya’s music at yellowhouserecords.com.
~ Nancy Flores


TEXAS MUSIC MONTHLY - May 2015
http://txmusic.com/ezine/tmm_ezine_may15.pdf

Austin-based Paula Maya is originally from Rio de Janeiro, the birthplace of bossa nova and,a century earlier, choro, a Brazilian be-bop-like music. Both musical styles, as well as Brazilian dance music like samba and baião, are represented on Iluminar, where the jazzy, South American styles incorporate Brazilian melodies with folk, roots, electronica and pop.

The soft ballads and Brazilian percussion reveal an intimate side of Maya’s music, steeped in swirling melodies and rhythms of South America. Sung predominately in Portuguese, Iluminar is distinguished from Maya’s previous releases, which featured a mix of pop, rock, classical music, avant grade instrumentals and electronica. lluminar, which means “to shine” in Portuguese, features eight songs — seven originals and one traditional bossa nova. The album title is taken from the opener,“Iluminar Você,” written in Portuguese about flying to Rio de Janeiro to see her old friends and family. Though Iluminar is inspired by Brazil, it’s also Maya’s first album completely recorded, mixed and mastered in Austin. Rolling by as gently as a samba-filled breeze, it’s all rolled together so seamlessly that it makes for a captivating whole.  — BRIAN MCGRATH

Over in the United States, Brazilian-born, Austin-based Paula Maya brings her musical roots together with Congolese soukous, Latin and Caribbean rhythms and her adopted home’s indie spirit. The resulting Iluminar (Yellow House Records, 2015) is breezy and delightful but hardly lacking in substance.

Maya delivers as both vocalist and keyboardist, singing primarily in Portuguese but some English as well, ranging from mellow to rollicking on seven originals and the Vinicius de Moraes/Toquinho bossa nova chestnut “Tarde em Itapoa.” The production isn’t fancy and the songs are stronger for it. Maya’s love for what she does is evident throughout, thus this disc is a topflight pleasure.

MIDWEST RECORD 4-28-2015

Maya is a Brazilian living in Austin after a 17 year stay in Seattle, singing in Portuguese and letting her love of sounds Latin and African gleefully dance throughout the mix. That mouthful is simply a long way of telling you that on her sixth album, Maya is playing to her strengths and this is probably the set that will be dubbed her commercial album. If you give this a casual listen, you'll probably be fascinated by all the things whizzing by you can't put your finger on. If you take the time to go deeper, you're sure to fall in love with it. Rolling by as gently as a samba filled breeze, there's a whole lot more than that going on but it's all rolled together so seamlessly that's it's just a magnificent whole. A winner throughout.
~ Chris Spector
 
INSIDE WORLD MUSIC 4-22-2015

The jazzy, South American styles of Texas-based, Paula Maya, incorporates Brazilian melodies with folk, roots, electronica, and pop on Iluminar. The soft ballads and Brazilian percussion reveal an intimate side of Paula's music. It is very enjoyable and steeped in swirling melodies and rhythms of South America. Whether you are on an island, on the beaches of Rio, or in the comfort of your living room, Iluminar lights up any mood or situation with grace and authenticity. "So In Tune" showcases some great vocals here. Crystal-clear vocals and an uppity melody cements a beautiful song to her credit. The light vocals are indicative of Susan Aglukark's voicings. At any rate, Paula Maya creates a stunning release of pop-friendly songs with a good dose of South American pizzazz.
~ Matthew Forss

TODO AUSTIN MAGAZINE  5-1-2015

Paula Maya releases her sixth studio album, ‘Iluminar’ Set to embark on a Brazilian tour this month.
By Liz Lopez
 
Keyboardist and singer/songwriter Paula Maya has been an Austin resident since 2011 and in that period has placed in the top ten of the Austin Music Awards World Music category (2013-2015). She was also a featured artist last summer at 

the 5th annual Women in Latin Music showcase hosted by the Austin Latino Music Association (ALMA). The full time musician is set to release her sixth studio album, “Iluminar,” on May 4. Prior to embarking on a Brazilian tour in late May, a hometown record release party is set for Thursday, May 7, at the One-2-One bar at 7 p.m.

Maya initially arrived in town under the radar, but it wasn’t long before she was noticed. I was told by several musicians who’d performed as guests in her band about her and they enthusiastically responded, “you should meet her.” I took that opportunity and learned of her recording history and work in Seattle, as well as her aspirations and determination to produce another CD. It took all of 2014 to do so.

“I am so proud of my new CD,” Maya told me recently. “It is completely different. For one, I produced the record. That meant I made the final decision on everything. Also, it is all produced in-house; all made in Austin.” “Iluminar” was recorded at her label studio, Yellow House Records, in South Austin with Lefty and Robert Wyatt, mastered by Nick Landis at Terra Nova, and manufactured by Matt Eskey’s Any and All Media.
Maya liked the idea of doing the production locally. “One, I know how talented Austin is in every sense of the word. Two, I like being involved in the community. Three, when you can get support, it is better. I compared prices going out of state and found that it was the same price. Why not go local?”

As music producer of “Iluminar,” Maya received support from every direction. “I had a meeting with Alex Vallejo at the Austin Music Foundation (Creative Media Center/Director). He was instrumental in kicking my ass – to keep going (on the production) while it was fresh!” She added that Vallejo was great in helping her keep on schedule.

“Iluminar” is deeply inspired by and heavily influenced by her roots (she is originally from Rio de Janeiro), as well as Austin. Maya went to Brazil to visit her old friends and family in 2011 after a cold, short stay in Connecticut, and after attending SXSW. Her re-connection with her Brazilian roots at a deeper lever, couple with her new love of Austin and her partner were all inspiration to perform and record her new songs. “This is 90 percent in Portuguese and has eight songs; one is instrumental, five are completely in Portuguese, one is bilingual Portuguese/English and one is all in English.”
Singing and recording in Portuguese is a first for her and the focus of “Iluminar” is on Brazilian music, jazz and world inspired rhythms. Her precious releases featured a mix of pop, rock, classical and electronica. “(Iluminar) is the first CD I can send to Brazil for shows – it has several Brazilian rhythms.” This is also her first time to return to perform in Brazil in seven years. “I want to play for Brazilians – I think they will like my music, as they want to hear the new stuff.”

When asked what would be her “favorite” of the compositions, she became thoughtful and quiet. “’Baião de Cabo Frio.’ It is an interesting story related to my family. Cabo Frio is a beach town, one which my grandfather, Paulo Burle, helped make changes to develop it. We had a family compound then where we would spend three months there, with all my cousins/families. It has been sold off, little by little. I captured some of the memories (in this song).” She added that during a visit for her mother’s 80th birthday, she sang and played it with only a keyboard. “The few people in my family who heard it cried. They cried, not just my generation, but the elders, too.”

Iluminar, which means “to shine” in Portuguese, is definitely what she reflects with her Austin debut as a producer. Shine on! ~ Liz Lopez
Paula Maya lanza su sexto álbum
La cantautora y tecladista Paula Maya ha vivido en Austin desde el 2011, destacando en la industria local. Ahora, tiene todo listo para el lanzamiento de su nueva producción musical, ‘Iluminar’, que saldrá al mercado el 4 de mayo.

Antes de partir a Brasil como parte de su gira promocional, ofrecerá un concierto en el One-2-One Bar (1509 S. Lamar Blvd., #600, Austin, TX 78704), el jueves 7 de mayo a las 7pm.
“Es completamente diferente para mi”, dice sobre su rol como productora de esta nueva placa que le otorgó el poder de tener “la última palabra” en cada aspecto. Maya grabó este disco completamente en Austin y destaca tres aspectos positivos de este proceso: “Yo sé cuanto talento hay en Austin, me gusta estar involucrada en la comunidad y cuando uno puede recibir apoyo, es mejor. También comparé los precios al hacerlo fuera del estado y me entere que es lo mismo aquí, entonces por qué no seguir con lo local”.

Su disco incluye ocho pistas, la mayoría en portugués, una en inglés y otra en ambos idiomas. Tomar la decisión de incluir estos idiomas forma parte de sus orígenes, lo que le ha permitido conectarse profundamente con sus raíces.
~ Liz Lopez
AUSTIN 360 MUSIC BLOG 4-30-2015

On The Record: Paula Maya
American-Statesman/Austin360 writer Nancy Flores recently had the following observations about two new local releases timed around Cinco de Mayo:

MUZOIC  2015

Album release - Iluminar by Paula Maya
http://muzoic.com/en/release/album/paula-maya-iluminar
THE JAZZ CHILL CORNER 5-5-2015

Austin-based keyboardist, singer and songwriter PAULA MAYA releases ILUMINAR, Brazilian-influenced album

EL MUNDO - AUSTIN . SAN ANTONIO  4-30-2015

[5/7]PREVIEW: Paula Maya CD release at One-2-One

Thursday, May 7, Austin-based keyboardist and singer/songwriter Paula Maya will be celebrating the release of her sixth studio album, Iluminar...
http://www.austinvida.com/music/2015/57-preview-paula-maya-cd-release-at-one-2-one/