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Contact: Donna L. Brock
ATLANTA (April 18, 2016) – The Clark Atlanta University (CAU) Guild presents its 23rd Annual Jazz Under the Stars Scholarship Benefit Concert Saturday, May 7, at 7 p.m. as Grammy-nominated, Soul Train Award-winning jazz vocalist Maysa Leak takes to the open-air stage in the University’s Harkness Quadrangle. Admission to the annual event, held rain or shine, commences at 6 p.m.
Individual tickets to the concert are $70; tables are available for $700. Corporate tables also are available. Proceeds from the concert benefit deserving performing arts students at the University. The CAU Guild, comprising many of the metro-Atlanta area’s most prominent female civic and professional leaders, has raised more than $2 million to support aspiring young artists since 1992. This year’s presenting sponsor is UPS. Platinum sponsors are Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Delta Air Lines and Jazz 91.9FM WCLK, Atlanta’s Jazz Station.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Md., jazz-soul singer/songwriter Maysa Leak embarked on a singing career at an early age and spent her elementary and high school days performing in choir and musical theater productions. She majored in classical voice performance at Morgan State University where she began writing and recording original material.
Leak placed second in Baltimore's first annual Billie Holiday Vocal Jazz Contest and in 1990 auditioned for Stevie Wonder's vocal group Wonderlove. She was accepted into the group, but joined only after she had earned her college degree in 1991. Upon graduating, Maysa moved to North Hollywood to perform with Wonderlove on the “Jungle Fever” soundtrack and appeared in live and televised performances to promote the film. To pay her rent, she also recorded jingles.
In December 1991, the song stylist auditioned over the phone and became the lead singer of British funk-jazz group Incognito. She has recorded over 11 albums with the group. In 1994, while performing with the band at The North Sea Jazz Festival, Maysa was offered her first solo career with GRP records. She has recorded 12 solo albums and this year celebrates 25 years in the music industry.
Click here to purchase tickets to Jazz Under the Stars, which also features a silent auction, or call 404-880-8219.Category: Alumni, Advancement
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