A true-blue musical chameleon, Mapei brings palpable soul and sonic versatility to a world where genre matters less and less. The Stockholm native soaks up influences – from hip-hop to dance-pop and Swedish club to gospel – and the results feel organic, timeless and positively exuberant. It’s music of experience – well-traveled and alive.
Born in Rhode Island, Mapei spent her early years in Providence in a hippie household where music was a constant. “I did my own thing as soon I could,” she says. “I was already performing in grade school and recording tapes of my own music. Let’s just say I was too soulful for music class.”
With a natural flair for both R&B and rapping, Mapei ended up in Sweden – a far different musical climate with a penchant for club music, skewed pop and European folk. And just like her early years, she embraced these new styles, learning their structures, emotions and how to elicit a genuine reaction from listeners with new sounds.
Mapei’s album debut single, “Don’t Wait,” is a product of exposure to these divergent worlds. The track, co‐written and produced with pop impresario Magnus Lidehäll, is a musical culmination of her travels and life to this point.
“It’s a dedication to friends and lovers that have been there for me through thick and thin,” Mapei explains. “No one should be taken for granted through and ups-and-downs of a relationship. I wanted it to feel like a 21st-century gospel or doo-wop song – something for my beautiful friends that stuck around.”
Mapei released her second single "Change" on June 10, 2014, followed by "Believe" on August 18. Her debut album Hey Hey was released September 23, 2014 and debuted at #29 on Billboard's Heatseeker chart.