Premature Birth: Jazz Singer Maysa Shares Her Powerhouse Vocals & Unique Storytelling to Support March of Dimes by 30Seconds Pregnancy
In an effort to raise public awareness of the 1999 premature birth of her son, Jazz, and the support she received from March of Dimes, Grammy-nominated recording artist Maysa has released a powerfully honest and intimate single, “You Are Not Alone.”
Maysa's song serves as a rally cry and tribute to the 15 million babies worldwide who are born prematurely each year and the people who care for them. Premature birth and its complications are the largest contributor to infant death in the U.S. and around the globe. Babies who survive early birth often face serious and lifelong health problems.
"I remember how difficult it was to give birth to a preemie, especially in a foreign country, and how alone one feels in that situation," says Maysa. "The lyrics and melody came to me in minutes once the emotions from that experience came rushing over me. It helps to know there are others who care and are there for us through personal challenges. March of Dimes was that for me with my son, and I've spent my life trying to be that for others."
From Michelle Obama recently sharing the pain and loneliness of her miscarriage and struggle to become a mom, to Beyoncé's revelation of her pregnancy-related health scare and her twins' subsequent NICU stay, there is a comfort in sharing and hearing these personal, powerful stories of motherhood. Maysa's song is about speaking openly in order to release her own stigma and shame, and let the listener know there is help out there.
"Through the power of music and her authoritative vocals, Maysa has shined a spotlight on the global epidemic of babies being born too sick and too soon," says March of Dimes President Stacey D. Stewart. "Powerful testimonials like hers provide support to countless families and highlight how critical it is for women to have access to preventive and supportive care before, during, and after pregnancy."
Maysa fully supports March of Dimes and says she remains compelled to create music and rich rhythms that empower and inspire people. "That is my calling in life and that is what God put me on this earth to do," says Maysa, who remains one of the most coveted and instantly identifiable voices in R&B and jazz over the past 25 years.
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