I first met Maiysha Simpson on the set of a Mode photo shoot. She was smart, beautiful and very, very sick. But she soldiered on, stuffy nose and tearing eyes aside, gave good face and counted the coins that would defray the cost of a Sarah Lawrence education. This was a few years ago. She still continues to work it–she’s graced a billboard or two–as she diligently pursues her real passion, music. Although she’s appeared on a couple of compilation discs and a single, Orbit, (which garnered early buzz from Newsweek) is on iTunes now, her debut disc, This Much Is True drops August 26th.
I’m glad to see that a song I’d liked from an early demo, Over My Head, made the cut for the new release. In its latest incarnation the song is even stronger, fuller than before and it has made today’s USA Today playlist (sandwiched between Aretha Franklin and Elvis Costello, no less.) Visit her MySpace page to hear it, Orbit and US of H.