“When most Charlotteans hear the last name Atkins, they think of the talented Jason Atkins who, among having his hand in multiple bands around town, plays the famed organ for the Charlotte Checkers. Now, Jason’s daughter Maya Beth hits the scene with her debut album, Whatever You Are.
Atkins (referring to Maya Beth from here on out) has been playing and performing for years, beginning at the ripe age of 12. The singer-songwriter is compelling when playing live, hushing entire rooms with her thoughtful chords and strong voice. Atkins called on some of the best veterans in Charlotte to add their special experience to the mix, such as Mike Kenerley (Jolene, Loudermilks), Shawn Lynch (Mitch Easter, Eyebrows, Loudermilks), D.K. (Come On Thunderchild, Mike Strauss Band), Dan Hood (Blue Dogs), and her father.
Whatever You Are is a remarkable collection of ten original songs, spanning the tricky emotional landscape of growing up and trying to find your footing in this world. The lyrics display an understanding and graciousness that tug at the listener’s soul. The songs are delicately heartsick at times, ferocious at others, capable of both glaring side-eyes and patient compassion.” – Shirley Griffith, CLTure