|Friday March 15th | Maiko Watson|
Fri. Mar. 15th - Maiko has been singing for as long as she can remember. In 2007 she won an award from the Winnipeg Jazz Radio Station, COOL 99.1 that was used to fund the making of her debut album Sweet Vibration. Her songs are everyday stories of love, heartbreak, optimism and strength. Her sound is a melting pot of earthy, vintage tones, where classic soul meets the twenty first century, layered with reggae and rock, and jazz. She lists some of her influences as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin and Betty Davis.
Sweet Vibration was awarded Best Urban Album at BreakOut West 2010, held in Kelowna, BC. The album first hit sound waves across Canada, cracking the top 50 on national community radio chart !earshot. Her music has continued to spread steadily across the globe, being featured on a number of blogs throughout North America, the UK, France, and has been widely downloaded via torrent. Highlights included being featured on BET's Soul Session, The Paul Miller Soul Show on BBC and CBC, as well as placing songs on MuchMusic's Degrassi and the UK-based Soul Unsigned: The 2010 Summer Session compilation.