This year, 19-year-old Sunshine Coast singer-songwriter and captivating emerging artist Mayah, penned her 50th original song, formed an eclectic new rock band, and produced her newest upcoming release ‘Loved & Lost’. Mayah is a strong advocate for mental, emotional and social wellbeing and her music speaks of our humanness, our innate ability to make mistakes, navigate challenge and the power of humankind’s irrepressible spirit.
Despite her young age, Mayah has achieved great success with her first three songs, ‘Endless Mistakes’, ‘Butterflies’ and ‘Making Space’, clocking over half a million Spotify streams thus far.
‘Loved & Lost’ written following the loss of a dear family friend Tavita Karika, is a beautifully constructed, heart-rending song and a powerful journey into and out of grief. A captivating mix of acoustic guitar, rhythmic beats, and piano, overlaid with Mayah’s unique and unmistakable vocals, ‘Loved & Lost’ despite the subject matter, is surprisingly joyful and uplifting. The official video will be released publicly on 9th October on YouTube: ‘Loved & Lost’
“I’m a massive fan of Mayah and I think she’s incredible. Her latest song ‘Loved & Lost’ resonated with me at a deeper level with my passion for mental health & suicide prevention. I’m so proud to have Mayah as a young ambassador and feel extremely privileged to know she will perform at the Nurture Festival 7th May 2022.”
Nathan Taylor – Founder ‘Nurture Festival’
As Mayah explains, “‘Loved & Lost’ is a reference to Tennyson’s notable line: ‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all’. Although the song was written from a place of deep grief and loss, it speaks to the part of us which longs to celebrate our lost relationships and cherish the moments spent together. Ultimately, it is a song of love, remembrance, celebration, and healing. We all need to find a way to be ok.”
“I think it’s a great song with a lovely sentiment and it certainly shows Mayah’s growth as a songwriter and an artist”
Alex Wilson, Director/Distribution Manager ‘Gyrostream’
“Loved and lost is the kind of powerful emotional track we’ve come to expect from Mayah”
Becks – 91.9 Sea FM
Recorded with Aaron Giffin at Sleepwalk Studio in Coolum, ‘Loved & Lost’ is Mayah’s first solo-produced song. It will be released through Gyrostream via all major online streaming platforms and the official music video will premiere on Mayah’s YouTube channel, on Saturday, 9th October. Significantly, the song will be released during Queensland Mental Health Week and she will be performing her song live on 12th October at the launch of Nurture, a Sunshine Coast youth mental health and wellbeing initiative at Mooloolaba Surf Club.
Mayah regularly performs her solo show around Southeast Queensland. In her three-hour solo live set with acoustic guitar and haunting vocals, she plays an arrangement of beautifully constructed melodies and unforgettable lyrics. In the coming weeks, she will be performing at the ‘Buskers By The Lake’ in Birtinya on 31st October and Noosa Live & Local on 23rd October at, Land & Sea Brewery. Mayah also performs with her new rock band, who played at the 2021 Caloundra Music Festival and are booked as the opening act for the ‘Fabulous Caprettos’ featuring Daryl Braithwaite, Russell Morris, Jack Jones, and Rai Thistlethwayte at Nightquarter, in January, 2022.