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Spotlight On: Mai, R&B Singer & Songwriter

Updated: Jul 10, 2018

The sensational singer shares her playlist that's just as moody as what we can expect on her upcoming EP.

If you're a fan of Sabrina Claudio and Alina Baraz, good news—we've found your newest obsession. Meet Mai, R&B singer/songwriter and queen of the moody ballad. Her

slinky sound will make you want to crank up the volume and soak up every drop of its fine-tuned finesse.

Since releasing her first single "Show Me" in February, Mai has made waves on Instagram. From teasers of her new music to Amy Winehouse covers, her passion for artistry shines through. While her songs have a modern electric groove, it's also very apparent how powerhouses like Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey influence her style and songwriting. 

As the Chicago native gears up to drop her first EP, she reflects on how emotions drive her craft. "I'm inspired by music and moods that either give me goosebumps or take me away to another world." And while some artists feel overwhelmed by the music industry's constant change, Mai fully embraces it through finding new processes and connecting to fans on social media. "Artists can get so much done by themselves and it has [motivated] me to take control."

"I'm inspired by music and moods that can either give me goosebumps or take me away to another world."

Don't miss Mai's second single "Serenity," which will be available on all major streaming platforms this week. It's the perfect addition to your summer playlist for a night out or for chilling on the beach. 

Get to know Mai below and check out her custom playlist here and on Spotify!

What do you love about the local arts/music community? 

I love the fact that Chicago is truly thriving in arts/music/TV. It's a great time to be a creative in Chicago and there are always events to go to and people to support.

Favorite TV show?

American Horror Story

Favorite cocktail?

Sex on the Beach

Favorite Chicago artist?

That's a hard one because there are so many great artists from Chicago, but a new artist I've been inspired by is Ravyn Lenae.

Favorite spot/neighborhood in Chicago?

So many favorites in Chicago but Wicker Park is definitely one of my favorites.

Spotlight On" is a weekly series highlighting Chicago creatives with a twist. We share a slice of their stories and what they love, hoping to inspire and connect.


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