Mayyadda is a rising soul singer who lets her pride in her Black womanhood shine through her music. She has recently released her new EP Eighty-nine which is available on SpotifyBandcampSoundcloud, and YouTube. Read Clef’s interview with her down below:

How did you get involved with music?

I started piano lessons at 2, singing at around 3, and teaching myself the guitar at 14. I didn’t really start writing songs until I was 21, but in the interim, music was always a part of my life, through choir, musicals, a cappella groups, worship teams and gospel choir. I finally decided halfway through my senior year of college that if I got to 50, and had never tried to go after music, I would hate myself. It was the first time I had peace about my future in a long time and I know now it’s because I had stopped running from the call God had put on my life. The faith that this is what God has for me to do and all the ways She has opened doors for me in the last two years is what keeps me going when this journey gets hard.

How would you describe your sound?

Soulful singer-songwriter that channels elements of relaxed pop and contemporary R&B.

Who or what are your influences?

Sara Bareilles, Beyonce, SZA, Ed Sheeran, Mick Jenkins, Kendrick Lamar, being in an a cappella group and choirs for most of my life, Contemporary hip-hop.

If you could collaborate with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Chance the Rapper, for a few reasons. Firstly, dude’s arguably the most successful independent musician in modern history and he has markedly changed the music industry. He proves that it is possible for an artist to achieve mainstream levels of success while maintaining complete control of their art, and I’m super inspired by that, especially from someone my age. Secondly, I’ve loved his music for years and at this point in his body of work, I think our respective lyrical and sonic approaches would complement each other.

What are your hopes for your musical career?

Put most simply, I want to make a sustainable living sharing my music with as many people as possible for as long as possible. At this point, I do want to go the independent route, and Chance’s success gives me hope that I can eventually do this on a big scale.

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