Watch List: Masha - Wrecking Ball
23-year-old Latvian-born singer Masha says her style is, 'hard to pin down...it's dirty and grungy, it is full of contradictions. I like angry, crazy rockers, happy country songs and folk ballads, anything with real emotion', and her cover of 'Wrecking Ball' by Miley Cyrus emphatically shows off her raw, gritty, force-of-nature vocals and heart-on-the-sleeve emotional authenticity as she loses herself in a passionate, uninhibited re-imagining of the song that claws at the heart in a furious, poignant swirl of honesty, regret and defiance, impressing to the point that MTV have deemed it 'Buzzworthy'.
On our radar for a while now, Masha was encouraged by her musician father to pursue her passion for music, saying, 'I can't remember a time when I didn't sing...when I was little I sang along to the radio. People like Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera attracted me, strong women who could really belt it out'. A demo of covers attracted a management deal, and her posting of covers on YouTube has garnered over two million views, her strong vocals and emotional authenticity catching the attention of songwriter/producer Claude Kelly (Jesse J, Whitney Houston, Tamia) and producer Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, Shania Twain).
Dividing her time between New York and Nashville, Masha has been working away with the duo on her upcoming five-song EP, 'Stupid, Stupid Dreams', set for release on October 22nd, and recently released the self-illustrated lyric video for her first single off the EP, 'Ugly'. Masha wowed the crowds at the most recent 'Live From OZ' showcase in New York, and, if you are in New York, you can catch this fast rising star at the CMJ showcase at Rockwood Music Hall at 2pm, on October 19.