Armed with a unique fusion of soul, jazz and RnB, the Guyanese born and Winnipeg raised singer-songwriter, Maiko, has reinvented herself after her early days with major label acts Sugar Jones and Remy Shand. Even though Sugar Jones’ debut album went platinum and the group was nominated for a JUNO, Maiko is enjoying her more soulful current sound, having creative control and, most importantly, having the ability to determine her own success as an independent artist. She has collaborated numerous times with live hip hop band Grand Analog including singing on and co-writing recent single Donna Summer. Group leader Odario Williams’ family is also originally from Guyana and he and Maiko went to school together in Winnipeg. She says, “I was influenced a lot by jazz around the time I was recording, but RnB and soul are kinda my roots, and that’s always reflected in my music”.