For the past four years, the award winning, Juno-nominated, SOCAN #1 bilingual Canadian songwriter, recording artist and producer Maïa Davies has been on a mission of musical and self-discovery. Born in Montreal, Davies has devoted the vast majority of her life to the craft of music. Getting her start in the Warner Music signed folk band Ladies of the Canyon, she has released two solo albums in French and penned over 12 top ten commercial radio hits for Canadian music artists, including Mother Mother and Serena Ryder. In 2019, following the dissolution of an intense but ultimately troubled relationship, Davies also left her role at a notable Toronto-based production house and began a nomadic lifestyle. Traveling across Canada, California and Europe, she reconnected with talented friends and produced the kind of achingly honest music that can only be generated from a wound so painful it needs space and time to heal. She’s collected sorrowful, introspective songs in English for her upcoming solo release on Acronym/Universal. Packed with piano-driven compositions that instantly and intentionally recall the incandescent baroque pop of Tori Amos and Kate Bush, her new body of work finds Davies wistfully weaving elements of pop and classical into well-crafted motifs, tempering the lyrical sting with nostalgic melodies and buttery vocals. The result is a musical tale shared with empathy and composed with heart, confessional and piercing in its intimacy and scope.
The new single by Maïa Davies, O.K. I’m Not Okay is a song of sadness and catharsis. “It’s the first step in realizing everything needs to change, that sometimes you need to let yourself totally fall apart so that you can build back up again.” Despite its subject matter, “Okay, I’m not Okay” is the result of a labour of love and friendship. Co-produced with Monster Truck’s Brandon Bliss, the song began to take shape in Hamilton, Ontario and was later recorded across canada including Montréal and PEI.