Maisy Kay is a bold and fascinating new voice in pop music, with a radiant and emotive voice bathed in the neon glow of synth-pop and the nocturnal vibes of R&B alike. With a series of forthcoming singles and collaborations with legendary artists like Billy Idol, Timbaland, and Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Maisy is set to make her own distinct mark on the music scene that will doubtlessly be felt by listeners of all stripes.
The UK-born and Los Angeles-based artist took to music from a very young age: “I always loved singing,” she recalls. “My mom has little recordings of me trying to sing before I could even talk—I’d be trying to sing ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ but it’d just come out as gibberish.” But the spark to become a performer and artist took place after a pivotal experience seeing the musical Phantom of the Opera at the age of seven: “That was the defining moment in which I realized I wanted to be a singer for sure.”
Maisy’s first big break came with contributing lyrics and vocals to Japanese pop artist Anly’s 2017 smash “Distance,” a soaring single that eventually peaked at #1 on Japan’s Spotify viral charts. Then there’s the beguiling “The Storm” from last year, a collaboration with gaming music don TheFatRat that’s racked up over 100 million cumulative YouTube views across different channels. Maisy initially linked up with TheFatRat because of her passion for the Na’vi language—which was created specifically for James Cameron’s blockbuster film franchise Avatar.
“I taught myself the language when I was 10 because I was absolutely obsessed with that movie,” she explained. “This forum I used to go on had worksheets for learning the language, so I’d print those out and do them alongside my regular homework. But I wasn’t sure whether I was pronouncing it correctly,” She’s since met with communications expert Paul Frommer to learn the ins and outs of Na’vi pronunciation, and she’s even been invited by Cameron himself to the set of the Avatar sequels.