MAYAENI: Pronounced (Mah - Yay - Knee)


With her unique voice, music, and lyrics that far belie her 27 years, Detroit born Mayaeni, is suddenly an ‘overnight’ sensation.

Her song Nothing Inside with DJ Sander Van Doorn (which she co-wrote with Justin Parker of Lana del Rey Video Games fame) hit #1 on Cool Cuts, the DMC Buzz Chart and the Beatport Overall Chart.  After a first performance for over 20,000 people at Ultra in Miami in March, ‘Nothing Inside’ became a breakout summer 2012 hit and a favorite in clubs around the world.

Mayaeni, the daughter of a West African mother and a Jewish father, a former guitar player who played with Sylvester, Carl Carlton and Jimmy Ruffin, has put in the work.

After a hip-hop dancing stint in London, she started by recording demos for other artists at 17, followed by a well-received self-titled album with producer Shaun Fisher. While touring in Japan in 2007, Glad News Clothing, a popular label in Japan, New York and Los Angeles, signed her to an endorsement contract, unheard of for a young independent artist.

In 2008 Mayaeni co-wrote a number of songs with multi-platinum producer/songwriter Toby Gad. That same year, she signed a development deal with mega producer/songwriter Linda Perry’s Custard/Universal Records.

She was featured in the 2010 Target/Converse ‘One Star’ Ad-Campaign as well as in the National Association of Broadcasters Radio Heard Here campaign that same year. A demo of her track ‘The Right Way’ went to #7 on the FMQB radio play chart.

Mayaeni performed with the Don Was ‘Detroit All Star Revue’ at the legendary producers’ Concert of Colors in Detroit and in November 2010, her song ‘Moonlight’ was featured on the prime-time ABC TV show ‘Detroit 1-8-7’.

In May 2011, Mayaeni completed Cold Love, an acoustic self-produced 6-track EP with guitarist Steve Caldwell. An industry only showcase in London resulted in her signing a worldwide publishing deal with Sony/ATV in August 2011.

She continued to perform, write and co-write – one of her co-writes made the German Eurovision Songfestival selectionm - and in September 2011, her song Broken Glass was prominently featured in the CBS smash hit Hawaii Five-0, (Season 2, Episode 2).

Mayaeni signed with Roc Nation in late 2012 and her first major label album is scheduled for release later this year.

“Silver” a song off the acoustic EP “Cold Love”

Video graphics & editing by: Mayaeni

shot by: Dante Marshall

Mayaeni performing with her band in her hometown Detroit at The Magic Bag.