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Javiya Ariyahn Minor, professionally known as Ayahn, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born to Cherez Janiya Herrera-Hudson in East Palo Alto, CA and raised in Memphis, TN, Ayahn began singing in pulpits at age two and has been writing songs since age nine. Her music is colored by a dense palette of musical styles. Having studied and performed classical, jazz, gospel, soul, rock, r&b, and pop music over the course of her personal life and academic career at performing arts institutions such as Overton High School of the Creative and Performing Arts and the prestigious Berklee College of Music with a bachelor’s degree in songwriting, Ayahn is an eclectic wordsmith of sorts -  adept at creating a plethora of worlds for every mood. 

By welding elements of acoustic and electronic sounds, her stylistic variety presents many different perspectives into her world of enigma. She identifies her musical style as electro-R&B and attributes much of her influence to Frank Ocean, Ella Fitzgerald, Prince, Janet Jackson, and Drake to name a few artists. Her debut LP, A Late Summer Night’s Drink, is set to be released June 2019. 

I find it safest to speak my mind in song. I document my perspectives and experiences in personal relationships and in relation to the world both in and outside of my immediate sphere of influence. If my journey in this life is the only thing I can ever, truly, own, I lay claim on my stories as an ambassador for both underdogs and God, himself, in an effort to inspire others to do the same
— Ayahn
— Kendrick Lamar
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by Ayahn