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Today we’d like to introduce you to Mai.

Hi Mai, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
For as long as I can remember music has always been a huge part of my life. I started singing when I was a toddler. When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with rnb/soul (especially from the 70s-90s). I started writing songs for fun here and there in my notebooks but nothing serious. As I got older, I saw the power that artists have to mold their careers into what they envision. It inspired me to take charge and to pursue what I love. I’ve only released a couple of songs to this day and have not been consistent… I wanted to take time out to connect more with myself on a spiritual level and understand who I am before I started releasing on a consistent basis. I want to be as authentic and genuine as possible with my music. I feel like I’m just now starting. I just moved to LA and am excited to start this new chapter.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There are definitely struggles that come with being an artist. I’m not that far along in my music career but I’ve had my battles with self-doubt. I used to always wonder how ill reach my goals- trying to map out each detail. But I’ve learned that sometimes you just have to start and learn along the way. It has also been a challenge finding the sound that I want to create. Sometimes I’m a perfectionist and I get in my own way. I’m still working on it and just trying to have fun with my music now instead of taking it so serious. What’s meant to happen will end up happening.

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
My favorite childhood memories come from time spent with my grandma. Life was so simple back then and grandma always had my back. She used to take me to the corner store and tell me to get any snacks I wanted. We’d go back home and I’d eat snacks, play PlayStation and watch movies with grandma. She always made the BEST food. She had an AVM when I was in college which heavily impacted her cognitive function and her mobility. She doesn’t remember most of her family members now so conversations with her are very limited. It’s what makes the memories we had even more important.

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