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1950′s and 1960′s

  • Maile grew up around music and entertainment, as most of her family had some sort of musical background. Her mother, Balbina “Belle” Souza, was a singer, and her brother, Harvey Souza, played the guitar.
  • Maile’s earliest memory as a child was watching her mother play the ukulele and sing to her father every morning to wake him up for work at the Village Club Card Room. After watching her mother sing, Maile realized that she could sing and play the ukulele too. At three years old, Maile was passionate about singing and was determined to do so. Due to Maile’s young age, most (including her parents) just laughed and said, “Oh no sweetie, you can’t do that.” Until one day, her mom handed her the ukulele and Maile revealed her true talent as a singer and musician.
  • Living just next door to the Village Club Card Room, Maile (three years old) and Harvey (ten years old) would sing and perform for local visitors.
  • At eight years old, Maile began playing the piano and focused on developing that talent into early adulthood. When Maile was thirteen, a local newspaper covered a recital in which Maile played Rhapsody in Blue.


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1970′s and 1980′s

  • Maile continued to sing with family and friends, and was a piano major at San Diego State University (SDSU) in her early twenties. There, Maile met some amazingly talented individuals who helped further develop her musical talent.
  • Another piano major at SDSU named Thomas Thumb introduced Maile to Tom Waits. Maile and Tom became great friends. He was an amazing songwriter and musician. He signed his first record deal early on into their friendship and went on his first tour shortly after. Maile continued to keep in touch with Tom through letters and occasional visits. On these visits, Maile and Tom would play piano together and he would work on new songs. Maile even let him borrow her guitar for a while, which he used to write some of his original work. Eventually, he returned the guitar. Maile has kept that guitar as a memento of their friendship and the music and memories they’ve shared over the years. It was recently announced that Tom will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Neil Young. (For letters from Tom, please click on the letters on the right.)
  • Maile’s vocal coach in college, Breezy Westmoreland, recognized Maile’s voice as one of the best he had ever heard. Breezy had also trained his own daughter, Kathy Westmoreland, who was a back-up singer for Elvis Presley. At the time, he was helping Maile advance her singing career. However, due to his heart attack and other events, this was put on hold and Maile decided to pursue modeling and acting in Hollywood.
  • While working with Breezy Westmoreland, Maile was introduced to an acting coach, Sal Dano. She first attended acting classes in San Diego and quickly moved on to take classes in Los Angeles. Classmates of Maile included Tom Selleck (Magnum, P.I., Friends, etc.), Catherine Bach (Dukes of Hazzard), Linda Dano (One Life to Live), and Jackie Ray (Playboy cover 1970).
  • In 1972, Maile moved into a beautiful Santa Monica mansion with fellow classmate and actress Tina Ling. There, Maile spent time with Tina and her sister Barbara Ling, the famous Production Designer (No Reservations, Batman & Robin, Batman Forever, Fried Green Tomatoes, etc.). She also had the opportunity to meet Diane Keaton, and had Tom Waits come over to visit, play piano and sing quite often. It was a wonderful time.
  • While in Hollywood, Maile also modeled with Melanie Griffith for a swimwear advertisement (1972). At the time Melanie Griffith was only a teenager. They were both known for having great bodies (see photos on the right). Maile went on to model for many swimsuit and lingerie companies including Catalina Swimwear, Sirena Swimwear, Lily of France Lingerie, and many others.
  • Maile was also one of the Flicker Razor Girls in 1973. She sang and acted for multiple television commercials alongside former Miss California, Susan Anton, who later dated film and TV star Dudley Moore.
  • Maile made her Hollywood film debut in Vigilante Force (released in 1976), starring Victoria Principal, Kris Kristofferson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Bernadette Peters and Brad Dexter. Before their first shoot on set, Kris Kristofferson and Jan Michael Vincent tried to play a joke on Maile. They came to her trailer on the set and introduced themselves as the janitors. It was funny and a nice way to break the ice!
  • In her mid-twenties, Maile also became friends with Karen Lamm, former wife of Robert Lamm, from the legendary band Chicago. At the time, Karen was married to Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys. Maile remembers riding with Karen down Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood in Dennis Wilson’s Ferrari.

1990′s and 2000′s

  • Eventually, Maile returned to San Diego to help her brother Harvey operate their family business, the Village Club Card Room.
  • In the mid to late 90’s, Maile won the title of “Best Rock Karaoke Singer in San Diego” through a contest held at Belly Up.
  • Maile’s vocal coach in college, Breezy Westmoreland, recognized Maile’s voice as one of the best he had ever heard. Breezy had also trained his own daughter, Kathy Westmoreland, who was a back-up singer for Elvis Presley. At the time, he was helping Maile advance her singing career. However, due to his heart attack and other events, this was put on hold and Maile decided to pursue modeling and acting in Hollywood.


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CURRENTLY

  • Today, Maile continues to further explore her passion for singing. She has performed at venues throughout San Diego including Pal Joey’s, Kraken, The Hotel Del Coronado, Vigilucci’s Ristorante Coronado, The Boathouse and Villa Capri. Maile’s music includes cover songs from her favorite artists Sarah McLachlan, Eric Clapton and Etta James, who have also had a huge impact on Maile’s musical style.
  • Maile has is currently recording her newest album featuring old folk, country and Hawaiian-inspired music with Peter Sprague. He is an internationally renowned jazz guitarist and producer for well known artists including Kevyn Lettau and Blurring the Edges. He has played with artists such as Chick Corea, Dianne Reeves, David Benoit, and Sergio Mendes. Fans of Maile please stay tuned for the release!
  • Additional stories, photos and videos will be added to the site each month, so please keep coming back to visit: www.mailesmusic.com.