Benjamin Millman + Maya Rae
When cousins Maya Rae and Benjamin Millman began busking in 2012, they had no idea their sun-kissed outdoor jams and late night songwriting sessions would blossom into the feel good music duo known as “Just Cuz.” Maya and Benjamin’s musical collaboration emanates pure unadulterated love and joy - inspired by artists like Joni Mitchell, Lawrence and Jacob Collier, their music sounds of sunshine, ocean swims and double scoops. Over the years, Just Cuz has performed to appreciative audiences at venues across British Columbia - from sold out theatres to intimate house concerts, spreading their undeniable love of music wherever they go. With their crystal clear command of infectious harmonies, cool covers & awesome originals, they continue to delight discerning ear drums of all ages - Just Cuz is an emerging musical phenomenon you need to hear.
Maya Rae has developed her love for music and performing since she was a young child. At just 17 years old, Maya’s captivating studio recordings and music videos have acquired national attention on CBC Radio, Roundhouse Radio and other social media outlets around the world.
Maya’s first album, recorded when she was just 14 and entitled Sapphire Birds, was released to huge
acclaim on Vancouver-based, international jazz label Cellar live, in 2017. She is in studio now,
working with her musical director Miles Black and a team of musicians and co-writers to complete her
sophomore album for release later in 2018. 2 albums of original songs and fresh arrangements of jazz and pop standards, all by the age of only 16. Maya Rae is an artist who is proving that a jazz artist does not need to be confined by the past, but can
use her influences, her own experiences as a young woman, and her view on the world to inform her
diverse presentation of soulful music.
Benjamin Millman is a passionate musician, DJ, dancer, and performer living in Vancouver, BC. He is an experienced singer and plays a large variety of different instruments, specializing in piano, guitar, and drums.
He grew up in Vancouver BC surrounded by a musical family. Because of this, he became extremely involved in the Vancouver music community. His most recent project has been as a lead performer in Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell, with which he has been touring BC for the past three months. Some of his past experiences include being a busker at Granville Island - both individually and with his cousin Maya Rae as a part of Just Cuz Music, performing with Perry Ehrlich’s Showstoppers at such venues as the PNE forum stage and Rogers Arena, and singing and playing as a part of the Gentleman Quartet along with many other acts. In 2015, Benjamin started his own DJ company, Spin Off Entertainment and he is currently studying Jazz piano at Capilano University. His passion is for writing and performing, and for spreading his love of music.