Maori singer/songwriter Maisey Rika, has one of New Zealand's most impressive lead vocal style, fused with her honest and thought-invoking messages. Some have described her sound similar to Tracey Chapman or Sade, with a splash of India Arie. Her spine-tingling vocals and fusion of English and Maori lyrics are capturing the hearts of soul seekers both in New Zealand and abroad.
Maisey and guitarist J.J, have worked to create an original melodic experience backed with strong eclectic messages. A mix of folk, acoustic, soul and easy listening, their musical palette is vibrant with elements of roots and deep culture. Maisey has toured New Zealand, Australia, Asia and is now currently expanding through Europe, America and Asia. Live performances have put her alongside Dave Dobbyn, HinewehiMohi, Anika Moa, Australian Idol - Stan Walker, 5 time U.S.A Grammy award winners "The Blind Boys of Alabama" and many more well known musicians/artists. Maisey is one of the acclaimed group ‘Barefoot Divas’, currently touring the US and Australia to rave reviews.
Maisey won four out of four nominated categories at the 2010 Waiata Maori Music Awards including 'Best Maori Female Solo Artist Award’, 'Best Maori Pop Album', Best Maori Song and Best Maori Songwriter of the year. She was also a nominee for the prestigious APRA songwriting 'Maioha Award' for her song 'Repeat Offender' in 2009. In 2013, Maisey won four out of six nominated categories at the Waiata Maori Music Awards.