Maya Rose, R&B singer-songwriter from Castlemaine (Melbourne), says ‘Enough is enough’ in her new gender inequality single ‘Mind the Gap’ to be released on 17 September.
‘Mind the Gap’ is a powerful anthem supporting current global women’s movements.
22-year-old Maya Rose delivers the story of her experience as a female musician with a mature depth in her smooth soulful voice and strong lyrics, combining her signature 90s R&B inspired tone with Sade influenced pop/jazz, and a reggae groove you’ll want to get up and dance to.
Nominated for “Best Regional/Outer Suburban Act” Music Victoria Awards in 2019, Maya Rose has continued to build on her experiences as a writer and performer with regular gigs and live-stream events in Melbourne and regional Victoria. She has also been busy in the studio with producer Julian Steel (JAYDEAN, HANNAH, Blush’ko, JANEVA) unleashing ‘Mind the Gap’ as the first taste of her forthcoming second EP of introspective songs written in the 2020 lockdowns. Her debut single ‘See You Again’ and EP Time, released in 2019 in collaboration with Melbourne producers Jerome Farah (Baker Boy, KIAN) and Aman Bayatly (Adrian Eagle) received strong reviews, support from triple j unearthed and new audiences. “Lovely voice from Maya Rose on this moving record. Throwing back to some classic 90s R&B here!” Tommy Faith
This compelling new social/political side to Maya Rose grew from a place of feeling fed up with how women are treated, and wanting to speak about personal experiences. The opening of the song is set with the voices of female protestors chanting ‘my body, my choice’, creating a timely feeling of change. Maya Rose has created a song that will connect with women around the world.
“The song is about the gender gap, and female empowerment. It’s also about my experience of being a woman in the music industry. Many times I’ve felt I wasn’t being listened to or taken seriously as a woman, and couldn’t speak my mind. I’ve been excluded and unsupported in the industry by ‘boys’ clubs’. It’s time that we not only talk about the disadvantages women face every day in our community; it is important to express the issues creatively. I want to hear more messages of female empowerment in the music we consume. I’m releasing ‘Mind the Gap’, because ‘we’re still not equal yet.’” Maya Rose
Working with Melbourne-based producer Julian Steel, who brought to the sessions years of experience as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, provided an element of musicianship Maya Rose connected with profoundly. The track leans into live instrumentation with
laid back guitar, smooth tones of the saxophone, reggae nuisances in the organs and rhythm, and groovy bass.
“‘Mind the Gap’ has been a few years in the making. I’d been waiting for the right producer to work with and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to bring this to Julian. He really heard the song and connected to the meaning and musicality, developing the exact kind of sound I wanted. His production compliments the song beautifully.”
September will see Maya Rose launch her new single with a show in Melbourne and an online livestream event. Maya Rose is making a strong return with ‘Mind the Gap’ as her new single.
‘Mind the Gap’ is available on all streaming services. mayaofficial.com
MAYA ROSE ‘MIND THE GAP’ SHOW DATES
Friday 17th September 7.30pm Facebook Livestream
Sunday 26th September 4pm Charles Western Melbourne
‘Mind the Gap’ is released on 17 September 2021