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Mayssa Karaa



Mayssa Karaa

With her captivating multi-octave voice and persuasive cross-cultural message, vocalist and songwriter Mayssa Karaa creates songs that tell of a journey connecting her origins in the ancient land of Lebanon to her adopted home of Los Angeles, California.

Her full-length solo debut is about to be released. She reveals the inspiration for the song “Call Me a Stranger,”: “I have been in the U.S. for 11 years, but sometimes I feel like I am in between two places, like I have lost a part of my identity.”

Cinema audiences might identify Mayssa’s voice from the hit film American Hustle, and her Arabic version of “White Rabbit” on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack. Television audiences might recognize her from the PBS Special Enrico Caruso: His Life, His Cities, His Music featuring Placido Domingo in Naples. (She is also featured in the follow-up in the summer of 2017.) International families might identify “The Arabic Alphabet Song” from Sesame Street that generated over 20 million YouTube views.
Melding Arabic influences into Western music is Mayssa’s forte: notable recordings in her catalog include a version of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” accompanied by the band’s Scott Page to which both Roger Waters and David Gilmour granted their blessings

Mayssa, who sings in many languages, has traveled the world with music as her passport. “I came here to expand, to tell others about my culture and learn about theirs. What surprised me was how nice people are here, and how free I felt. I was born and raised in Lebanon, but I am very much an American too. I’m like you.”