Mayssa Karaa is a Lebanese-American Grammy nominated singersongwriter
based in Los Angeles, California.
In 2013, after graduating from the Berklee College of Music of Boston,
she was the featured vocalist on the Arabic version of Jefferson’s
Airplane “White Rabbit” on the blockbuster “American Hustle”
Soundtrack which was nominated to the Grammy Awards as Best
Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media in 2015.
Mayssa truly believes in cultural exchange through music. She delved
into different genres of music including Middle Eastern, Balkan,
Musical Theater, Jazz and contemporary music and sings fluently in 9
different languages. She is now about to release her debut solo album, a
unique blend of American pop and Middle Eastern melodies.
Mayssa is classically trained and sang Opera since a very young age. In
the summer of 2013, she was featured in the documentary “Enrico
Caruso: His Life, His Music, His Cities” featuring Placido Domingo in
Naples. The documentary is currently airing on PBS all over the United
She recently shot a second documentary at the prestigious Piazza
Plebiscito of Italy which will be released in June of 2017.
Mayssa became the face of “Sesame street” Middle East for which she
recorded the “Arabic alphabet song” generating more than 15 million
views on YouTube in a few months. They also released two other videos
with 2 million YouTube views each.
Mayssa has recently released her own Arabic version of one of the Pink
Floyd’s enduring classics, “Comfortably Numb” accompanied by Pink
Floyd’s rhythm guitarist and sax player, Scott Page after being given
personal permission by both Roger Waters and David Gilmour to rerecord
Among her International performances:
Ø Closing concert of the Abu Dhabi Festival of the United Arab
Emirates at the Emirates Palace in April 2015 accompanied by
Grammy nominated Amercian All-star band along with Berklee
College of Music musicians, with a repertoire ranging from
classical Arabic to contemporary rock fusion creating an exciting
musical bridge between East and West.
Ø Arena of Belgrade in Serbia in May of 2015 with Serbian top
artist “Slobodan Trkulja” before more than 10,000 people in
Ø May 2015 International Benefit Ball organized by the
International Committee of the “Los Angeles philharmonic
association” and the Consulate general of Lebanon honoring
Lebanon after 63 years of activity at the Dorothy Chandler
Pavilion in Los Angeles.
Ø American Rock legend “Bob Seger” tribute concert at the
Michigan symphony hall in July of 2014 during which she
performed a special version of his hit “Turn the Page” in Arabic
Ø Performance at the world renowned Ziggo Dome of
Amsterdam on United Nations International Peace Day in
September of 2014 before thousands in attendance as a young
ambassador of peace bridging East and West through music.
Ø Concert in honor of the Permanent Representative of the
Organisation Internationale de La Francophonie in Boston’s
historic Faneuil Hall in 2010.
And much more…
Follow her musical journey and stay tuned about her upcoming
performances by joining her mailing list : www.mayssakaraa.com
Lebanese musician, composer and pianist, Guy Manoukian has been a key musical player both locally and
internationally for the last 15 years. Not only has he worked with the biggest names in the US, but his fusion
of oriental melodies with modern arrangements has taken him all over the world, selling out concerts in
London, Singapore, Cairo, Dubai, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Los Angeles, Yerevan the Sydney Opera House, The
Beiteddine and Byblos International festivals and many more.
Guy Manoukian started playing piano at the age of
four. Mentored by the best classical music
teachers, he first appeared on television when he
was six years old and was only seven when he
performed at the presidential Palace! He started
composing music a year later, winning his first
While attending an Armenian school, Guy also
joined a music school where he participated in
concerts. Though his original dream was to
become a professional basketball player, Guy was
dedicated to his craft, and at 16, he played his first
solo concert. Expecting 400 people, he was
surprised to find the venue packed with over 1000
attendees. This first taste of success made him
realize that music was truly his calling. Little did he
know then, that he’d later be the first artist from
the Middle East to get endorsed by Yamaha pianos
and be their brand ambassador!
He started performing professionally in 1997: now
in his early twenties, he played at the Jeita grotto
followed by two sold-out concerts at the UNESCO
palace. The turning point in Manoukian’s career
came when he started fusing Arabic with modern
contemporary arrangements. He attributes the
unique flavor of his music to his rich culture.
“Armenian culture was at the core of my existence
and hence my music”, he says. “My music is
modern in arrangement but very classical in spirit;
my albums which are studio recorded are very club
oriented whereas my performances are live and
directed for a broader audience.”
Guy is the recipient of many awards but the ones he cherishes the most are the Armenian Music Award that he received in
Los Angeles for Best Dance Album, and the Best Arabic Tune of the Year Award for “Harem” which he earned in Lebanon in
2002 in addition to the Best Dance Album at the Arabian Music Awards held in Dubai in 2003.
Performing all over the globe, from Chile to Sydney, Manoukian still finds time to work with the biggest pop acts: he
recorded “On Tour” with Wyclef Jean, worked with 50 Cent, French rapper Diams, Raul Di Blasio and Mario Reyes of the
Gipsy Kings family.
This summer Manoukian celebrates his 25th year in show business with a new show entitled “The Journey” which will kick
off at the Zouk International Festival and end in Los Angeles.