Insight Magazine
February ‘14
A Lebanese recording artist, musician, songwriter, dancer, and entertainer. Mayas entry into the world of pop music came as a participant in the Arab edition of the widely popular reality television program Star Academy back in 2006.
Love is.... the cornerstone that my life is based on.
Maya Nehme

Do you have a favorite quote or saying that is always on your mind?

What I say I do, what I want I get, what Ive done is gone, there is no regret Walid Al Massih

In a fantasy world your prince charming would be?

I have my prince charming his name is Walid and in my fantasy world he is the same but on a white horse.

What the best Valentines gift you have ever received?

Valentine was never about the gift for me. Its about the meaning of it and not what you get. An intimate candle dinner with sushi, Champagne and a lot of LOVE would make my day memorable and unforgettable.

You are a singer, dancer and songwriter, which of those is your favourite?

Well you forgot that Im a pianist as well. I would say being an artist is my favorite and its the combination of all these words.

What is your favorite daily wear attire?

I love everything colorful and specially sports wear, I always keep my tennis shoes in the car, you never know when you have to take off the heels.

If you were given a chance to go back in time, what would you change about your life?

I have never regretted anything in my life so I dont think I would change anything, Im so satisfied.

Do you enjoy your celebrity star status?

To be honest with you its nice sometimes and it reflects the success you have achieved but its tiring in other times. When fans get involved in your personal life and start calling at night and sometimes they become demanding, I know thats the price of fame but we are still in our homes as normal human beings trying to live a normal life.

How did Pepsi choose you to shoot the ad?

Pepsi was sponsoring Star academy and they had a contract with all the final candidates that went on the music tour.

The most embarrassing situation you faced while you were on stage?

On my New Years Eve concert and in the middle of my song the electricity went off as we are used to in Lebanon. so I had to sing acapella and entertain 600 persons with no sound system or music. That was too embarrassing but ended up with the people singing with me.

If you had a soundtrack to your life what song(s) would have to be on it?

Mmmm I start with You are Beautiful by Christina Aguilera and than Only hope by Mandy Moore and I finish with The Show must go on by Queen.

Can you describe the process of turning your songs into a video? Do you have a lot of input?

When we start working on a song, and while arranging the pictures starts clicking and we start brainstorming and giving ideas. Than we call our director and friends and we start expending the ideas. So yes I do get lot of input but all the technical matters gets managed by Walid -my husband and producer- while I take care of the artistic side.

What three words would you use to describe yourself?

Optimistic, dreamer, sensual

There are so many scandals in politics and the entertainment world that its hard to find a good role model. Who do you think is a good role model?

Mahatma Ghandi. He led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.

What movies and books would you recommend for our readers?

You will laugh at me and think Im this girl who watches romantic movies. I love Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. has a secret. I love movies with graphics and lot of high tech effects. So I wont recommend a movie but I will recommend readers to read books written by The author Rhonda Byrne like The power, the magic and the secret. I love reading books that generate positive vibes, it helps me finish my day smiling.

You sing and dance as work, but what are your real-life hobbies?

I cook very well and I skate on ice. We love watching movies and do many gatherings and most of all Im a party girl and I love going out, and of course travelling.

Tell us about a horrible date disaster that you have gone through?

I dont like to remember this day, but its when Israel bombed the south in the war of July and we were there. Im from Tyre South Lebanon and we got evacuated by the Russian embassy and had to fly to Russia in a military plane. It was in July.

By Roulla Soussou