Born to graphic artist Piotr Barsony and journalist Nicole Courtois, she's part of the Higelin family (half-brother of fellow singer Arthur H) and had her second album supported by artists such as Brigitte Fontaine and Mathieu Chedid (AKA -M-). Outside of music, she has played in the film La Vie en Rose.
Following the release of her third album Monter Âmoureuse (whose lyrics are of a much cleaner nature compared to her second album) in 2011, she completely went dormant.
- 2001 - Barsony
- 2008 - Femme D'Extérieur
- 2008 - La Pompe À Diesel (Live EP)
- 2011 - Monter Âmoureuse
Her work provides examples of:
- Bawdy Song: Prominent on her first album Femme D'Extérieur, with songs such as "Kil Ê Bo" and "Laisse Couler", the latter having lyrics taking the word Food Porn to another extreme.
- Bespectacled Cutie: She constantly wore glasses for the promotion of Monter Âmoureuse.
- Body Language: Played in a sexual manner on the chorus of "Kil Ê Bo".
- Bowdlerise: Played for Laughs on the live performance of her song "Laisse Couler" where some of her lyrics are bleeped out and she gets upset about it.I got censored, right ?
- Break Up Song: "Open-Space", from her third album, can be heard as a liberating one. A more dramatic example is "Je Ne T'En Veux Pas".
- Double Standard Rape: Female on Male: The female protagonist of the song "Kil Ê Bo" (a crude way to write "Qu'il est beau"note ) stalks a love interest for years and drugs him in order to rape him following a date (but don't expect any criticizing mention of rape or stalking in this rhythmic song).
- Erotic Eating: Played straight on her song "Laisse Couler" which only contains innuendos related to fruits.
- Face on the Cover: On all of her albums.
- Job Song: The premise of "P'Tits Boulots" which talks about getting tired of doing side jobs.
- Let's Duet: "Je Ne T'En Veux Pas" features her and Camille Bazbaz singing a Break Up Song
- Live Album: La Pompe À Diesel, a live EP.
- Ms. Fanservice: She played this trope for the promotion of Femme D'Éxtérieur, only to do the exact opposite for Monter Âmoureuse's promotion.
- New Sound Album: While Femme D'Extérieur and Monter Âmoureuse could both fit the Chanson genre, they highly contrast each other by the nature of their lyrics and styles. Femme D'Extérieur celebrates a physical kind of love while Monter Âmoureuse embraces love in a sentimental way and showcases Maya in a much mature image.
- One-Woman Song: "La Femme Canon", the opening track of her third album.
- Oral Fixation: On promotional images for Femme D'Éxtérieur, she is often seen with a pipe in her mouth.
- Portmanteau Title: Monter Âmoureuse has the word Âme (french for Soul) mixed with Amoureuse (lover).
- Property of Love: How the protagonist of "Kil Ê Bo" views her love interest.
- Pun-Based Title: Monter Âmoureuse works in two ways: First off, it translates to "Rising in love" (as opposed to falling in love) and the word Amoureuse (lover) is mixed with the word Âme (soul).
- Record Producer: She co-produced her last two albums.
- Scenery Censor: The cover of Femme D'Extérieur features a naked Maya jumping in mid-air, with her name and the title of the album covering her crotch.
- Self-Titled Album: Barsony.
- Shout-Out: Her song "Boomerang" references the song "Non, Je ne Regrette Rien" by Édith Piaf. Such Shout-Out is no surprise since she played in the film La Vie en Rose, a biopic about Edith.
- Silly Love Songs: Most of the songs on Monter Âmoureuse.
- Special Guest: Her first album has a track featuring her half-brother Arthur H and her second one features Mathieu Chedid and Brigitte Fontaine.
- Spoken Word in Music: On "Kil Ê Bo", "La Beuglante" and "Boomerang", from her first album.