Dear Community Member,
We are disappointed to inform you that the Sunday, March 19, 2023, Women’s History Month event, with performances by Meli’sa Morgan and Maysa, has been cancelled.
We made this difficult decision to put off the event due to the concept of “Celebrating Women,” was not immense in Hampton Roads. While we were looking forward to seeing everyone at the event, we’ll re-package this event with different performers, for WHM 2024. However, we’ll reschedule Meli’sa Morgan for an upcoming event in 2023, as she’ll bring her sensational voice to Hampton Roads.
We extend our sincere apologies, for any inconvenience this may cause you, and look forward to seeing you at future events.
Registrants that have purchased for this WHM event, will receive a refund (less fees), within two weeks of the receipt of this notification. If you do not receive your refund within this timeframe, please contact our office at
(757) 542-0096 and let us know.
We thank you for your understanding, as we continue to work, to bring the talents that Hampton Roads enjoys. Our Women’s History Month is a worthwhile event that brings us all together, to enjoy evenings of entertainment and camaraderie.
The Next Stage Up, Incorporated
PO Box 14615
Newport News, VA 23608
Maysa Leak is a famous R&B/Jazz Singer, born in Baltimore, MD. Maysa is also best known as, smooth jazz singer member of the band Incognito. Her 2008 solo album Metamorphosis shot to #1 on the Top Contemporary Jazz charts.
Maysa is the kind of singer who takes hold of a song and enraptures her audience in the palm of her hands, as she delivers lyrics, phrases, melodies and harmonies in a way that only she can. Blessed with an instantly identifiable honey-toned mezzo-soprano and an undeniably brilliant and magnetic stage presence, Maysa’s alluring vocals, candor, honesty, humor and purity as an artist make her a rarity in this business. Having collaborated with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Incognito, Angela Bofill, Will Downing, Jonathan Butler, Phil Perry and more...Maysa can hang with the best. It is no wonder she was the recipient of many awards for her work, including Soul Train’s first Centric Award in 2009, and her first Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance for her remake of Nancy Wilson’s “Quiet Fire” in 2014.
The Baltimore, MD native, and graduate of Morgan State University, grew up in a loving household with amazing parents. Maysa is proudly the mom of one son, Jazz, who was born prematurely at 25 weeks while she was on tour with Incognito in 1999. Jazz is now in college studying Photography and Music Production (no surprise there).
To celebrate her first record printing, MAYSA designed a commemorative blue velvet box set with those 4 singles as an EP called THE FAB FIRST FOUR, in January of 2021.
Maysa released her 14th solo studio album entitled, MUSIC FOR YOUR SOUL in November 2022.
Legendary R&B singer Meli’sa Morgan was born in Queens, New York. She began her singing career at the early age of nine years old as a member of the Starlets of Corona gospel choir. She went on to study music and theatre at The Juilliard School Performing Arts Conservatory in New York.
The fourteen-year-old Morgan released her debut single “I’m In The Prime Of Love” on Stank Records with the funk group Business Before Pleasure. Morgan next joined Shades of Love; and, in 1982, the group’s track “Body to Body (Keep in Touch) charted on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. Morgan sung back-up with the likes of Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, and Melba Moore. She then released her solo debut album Do Me Baby on Capitol Records. The title track, her cover of the Prince original, topped R&B charts for three weeks. Her 1987 duet with Kashif was released on her album, Good Love, and served as the title track of Kashif’s Love Changes. In 1990, she returned to Capitol with The Lady In Me. Her 1992 release with Pendulum Records, Still in Love with You, included her cover of Al Green’s “I’m Still in Love with You.” In 2005, Morgan wrote and sang background for Mary J. Blige’s song “Good Woman Down,” which was featured in Tyler Perry’s film I Can Do Bad All by Myself.
The date is approaching, and we’re making preparations.
Don’t miss out!
The big day may have come and gone, but keep in touch as we’re always up to something new and exciting.
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