VIDEO: At Nearly 90, Marilyn Maye Has Hit Her Peak
In a new feature for Sunday Morning, Grammy-nominated Marilyn Maye talks about her old school vibes, her secrets to success from her seven decades in the business, and how she just may be finally hitting her peak.
"It's very important to connect with the audience," she says. "That's the whole purpose, to tell you the story of the song."
Maye got her start after being discovered by Steve Allen and receiving a record deal from RCA while singing in a club in Kansas City.
In 1965, Maye was nominated for the Grammy for Best New Artist alongside Sonny and Cher, Herman's Hermits, The Birds, and Tom Jones. In 1966, years before Liza Minnelli's version, Maye recorded the song "Cabaret."
But Maye believes she was born in the wrong era. "I wish I'd been recording in the '40s," she says. "'Cause that was all my era."
When told that many would call her style and lyrics "old school," Maye insists that isn't an issue for her.
"It is old school," she said. "I see nothing wrong with that."
When clubs began closing, Maye started to struggle, but she made her big comeback at age 78 in 2006 at New York's Metropolitan Room. As Maye's 90th birthday quickly approaches, it appears that she is actually hitting her peak.