Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Ayanna Witter-Johnson

 London, England, GBR
SoloAlternativeSoul

Singer, songwriter, cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson is a rare exception to the rule that classical and alternative r&b music cannot successfully co-exist. She’s toured with Anoushka Shankar, Courtney Pine, recorded with Akala, composed for the LSO also winning amateur night at the Apollo, gaining a MOBO nomination and getting airplay on BBC 1Xtra.

Her mesmerising vocals, non-compromising lyrics and ability to reinterpret songs on the cello enables her to straddle both worlds effortlessly.

Biography

Singer, songwriter, cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson is a rare exception to the rule that classical and alternative r&b music cannot successfully coexist.

Graduating with a first from both Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Manhattan School of Music, Ayanna was a participant in the London Symphony Orchestra’s Panufnik Young Composers Scheme and become an Emerging Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre. She was a featured artist with Courtney Pine’s Afropeans: Jazz Warriors and became the only non-American to win Amateur Night Live at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NYC.

As a composer she has scored original music for various productions and as an arranger and orchestrator Ayanna has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra (Hugh Masekela), and the BBC
Symphony Orchestra (Urban Classic).

Since releasing her EPs Truthfully and Black Panther Ayanna has extensively toured the UK and
several countries in Europe, whilst gaining a MOBO award nomination and getting airplay  on BBC Radio 1 & BBC 1Xtra.  A performer of extraordinary versatility her live shows are intimate journeys that
chronicle her experience as a female artist in the 21st century.

Because of her musical prowess, mesmerising vocals, non-compromising lyrics and ability to deftly reinterpret songs on the cello Ayanna is able to straddle both the classical and urban worlds effortlessly.

She is the definition of eclectic soul.

Debut album due Spring 2018.

For further information contact Harman
T: +44 (0)7817 552801
E: info@fearlesslive.co.uk


Lyrics

Black Panther

Written By: Witter-Johnson

Black Panther

Denied

Written By: Witter-Johnson

Denied

Discography

Knowledge Is Power (Feature with Akala)
2015
Illa State  Records


Black Panther (EP)
2014
Hill & Gully Records

Truthfully (EP)
2011
Hill & Gully Records

4Hero Extentions (Feature)
2009
Raw Canvas Records



Set List

Roxanne
Denied
Hill & Gully
Nothing Less
Unconditionally
One Love