Los Angeles-based, noir-pop songstress Maiah Manser dissolves differences and builds bridges between the worlds of automation and nature. The grit and the raw in lyrics combined with her hauntingly powerful vocals, drive together to create a chilling sensation that is both concrete and abstract, in sound and in concept.
Manser discovered her love of music at the age of four, spending nap time singing to other classes during preschool. Growing up in Bend, Oregon, she was raised by her grandmother and single mother. With a fierce independence that stems from the feminine energy she was surrounded by, Manser taught herself to play the piano and violin and eventually left Oregon for Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts.
As a student, she met Mary Lambert; that chance meeting opened the door for an opportunity to tour with Lambert as a backing vocalist, opening for artists like Sam Smith, Ariana Grande and Pharrell Williams. At 20 years old she started her professional career as a solo artist.
In 2016, Manser got her taste of the festival life, shining on both Capitol Hill Block Party (Main Stage) and Bumbershoot alongside artists like Bishop Briggs, CHVRCHES, Crystal Castles & ODESZA. Since moving to Los Angeles from Seattle in 2017, Maiah has sonically explored a new side to her artistry in her recent releases with glistening yet edgy pop production. It was here she released her debut EP, Second Skin produced by Buddy Ross (Frank Ocean, Haim, Unknown Mortal Orchestra). In addition to garnering support from The Fader, Nylon, and Pigeons & Planes, Manser received an automatic placement with Vogue for the 2017 Met Gala. Her songs were featured for Katy Perry, Gisele Bündchen, Frank Ocean, & Sasha Lane by director Gordon von Steiner, at the Instagram booth. The combined placements were viewed over 4 million times in one day.
As she prepares to release her sophomore EP, Manser has found new sonic inspiration in the city of angels where she's begun her transition into the pop realm.