Award winning musician, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, has a global reputation for her exquisite performances. From singer to songwriter, cellist to composer, Ayanna is a multi-talented artist, whose extensive skillset and effortless musicality has taken her around the world. At events, Ayanna is booked to share stunning renditions of her original songs, accompanied by her cello. A captivating performer, Ayanna combines modern tunes with classic instruments to showcase a truly innovative act, guaranteed to make any occasion a resounding success.
Best known for her original work, Ayanna released her debut album in 2019, titled ‘Road Runner’ following the success of her early EPs. Having been on the music scene for over a decade, the long-awaited release of Road Runner was received with much acclaim and paved the way for the equally triumphant ‘Crossroads’ single which was released in 2020. With a nature flare for creative song writing and a distinctive soulful voice, Ayanna’s work reaches all audience demographics, making her ideally suited for large events or corporate occasions. Throughout her career, Ayanna has collaborated with the likes of Akala, Nitin Sawhney and Marc Mac, proving her versatility is limitless. With such an established presence on the soul, R&B and classical scene, Ayanna’s work has been featured on all major radio stations including: BBC Radio 1, 1xtra and Jazz FM, further expanding her platform.
From childhood, Ayanna has shown exceptional musicality, learning the piano at four and the cello aged 13. Such undeniable talent saw her pursue her passion to become a renowned performer, and she later graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Manhattan School of Music both with a First-Class award. Following her education in music, Ayanna joined the London Symphony Orchestra’s Young Composure Scheme and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Ayanna was also an Emerging Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre.
For her exceptional career to date, Ayanna has received multiple awards, including a nomination for the iconic MOBO Awards at which she performed in 2016. In 2010, Ayanna made history as the first non-American to win the Amateur Night Live at the Apollo Theatre and received the Edward & Sally Van Lier Fund for her artistry.