About WAYNA

Stevie Wonder says “She’s incredible.”

Essence Magazine says “Wayna is one to watch.”

Billboard Magazine
calls her “a standout on the indie front.”

Wayna is a GRAMMY-nominated, Ethiopian-born, singer/songwriter based in Washington, DC, who left a job as a Writer in the Clinton White House to pursue music.

She has since released three independent albums, the first “Moments of Clarity, Book 1” was hailed by soul music enthusiasts, and the second “Higher Ground” was nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance Category.

USA Today called Wayna’s GRAMMY-nominated remake “Lovin You (Music) f. Kokayi” a refreshing take on the Minnie Ripperton classic.”

Wayna has also earned two Billboard chart-topping singles for her songs: “My Love” and “Moonlight Rendezvous.”

“The Expats” is her third and latest LP, and the Washington Post calls it “brilliant.”

Wayna has performed across the US and abroad – including shows at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Essence Fest, the White House, the Blue Note and Blues Alley.  In 2015, she joined the iconic Stevie Wonder as a soloist and supporting vocalist in his live band, touring extensively with the Songs In the Key of Life Tour and in various performances throughout the US and Canada.

2016 kicked off with a 3-month performance residency in her native Ethiopia. And this Summer, Wayna will release a new music video for her single “Amazing.” In the year ahead, she will continue to tour with Stevie Wonder, while writing and recording new music.

Wayna - Official Video "Amazing"

Something to lighten all our moods this morning because it IS almost summer. Getting a head start June 9th at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. See you there 😎🍾

Posted by Wayna on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Grammy-nominated singer Wayna stops by to perform and share what it was like to go from White House to singing with Stevie Wonder! 🎤🎤

Posted by Great Day Washington on Friday, May 19, 2017

Because you came out, all 450 of you, to see us headline @bethesdablues, we're taking the show on the road!! NYC, here we come! Joe's Pub at The Public Sept 8th at midnight in celebration of #EthiopianNewYear Hope to see you!!! Tix at https://joespub.publictheater.org/reserve/index.aspx?performanceNumber=35491

Posted by Wayna on Monday, August 21, 2017
You're Not Alone (Live)

#IStrikeFor women and girls in my native Ethiopia, for reproductive rights, for equal pay, and to put an END to violence against women and girls EVERYWHERE. Today, I say to ALL my sisters, mothers and daughters: You are NOT alone. Please share this or any encouraging message today with a woman you love and stand beside. ❤️️You're Not Alone (Live) performed by @Wayna and Eli Staples; Written by @Nicholas Zork Mixed by Awthentik Directed by E-hab Abasaeed Photos in Ethiopia by Aida Muluneh Photos of Women's March by E-hab Abasaeed Styling: Alison Carney Pep talk: Seretse SmallWomen's March on WashingtonWomen for Women International Women's Rights News Womenworking.com Women's Health

Posted by Wayna on Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Tizeta for Stevie Wonder at Verizon Center

My first time singing in Amharic, the language of Ethiopia, was with Stevie Wonder during his Songs In the Key of Life concert at the Verizon Center. I figured if I could do it in a stadium in front of my musical hero, I could do it in my own show, so FRI, June 9th, at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club I'M GOING FOR IT and doing a tribute to another soul legend, the amazing BEZUNESH BEKELE. The first few rows of tables are already sold, so get yours here to experience it up close:) We're going to make magic! https://www.facebook.com/events/182619372237076/http://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=buy.event&eventID=47D40B1E-9915-6E4C-739D8F3319CD499A

Posted by Wayna on Monday, May 1, 2017

09 Dec 2017 Wayna New York City, NYC Church of the Advent Hope Church of the Advent Hope
16 Jun 2018 Wayna Bowie, MD, MD TBA TBA
04 Aug 2018 Wayna Glenn Dale, MD ( USA ) Marietta House Museum Marietta House Museum

 


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Kelly Stephen

Quiet Power Productions, LLC
email: Kelly@wayna.net
phone: +1 (410) WAYNA11   or    +1 (410) 929-6211
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