Where are you located now and where are you originally from?
I currently live and was raised in Nashville, TN. So I guess that makes me a unicorn, well at that what the tourists call us.
Who has been your greatest influence?
My greatest influence was and will always be my late mother, Jenise Smith. She was a self employed seamstress and a trained classical singer. I watched her triumph and I watched her have her heart broken when ideas were stolen right under her feet. But through it all, she was resilient, graceful, and didn’t go down without a fight. I lost her to her battle with cancer in 2014. I was 14 and lost, so I made it my mission to avenge my mother’s life by following in her footsteps. So each day I follow my dreams in honor of all the memories we never got to make.
What is your latest and greatest?
My latest and greatest is my newly released Album, Mother Nature. I created a piece of art that encompasses my past, present, and future to remind myself no matter the weather, I can conquer it all.
Are you performing LIVE soon?
Yes! I have a residency performing downtown Monday- Wednesday from 6-10 at various downtown Nashville bars. I’m also currently planning my album release show so stay tapped in for the official show details!
What are you most looking forward to in 2022?
As crazy as this may seem, what I'm looking towards the most in 2022 is the unknown. I’ve been chasing a dream for so long that I'm ready to see my dreams chase me. I believe the planets will align in my favor and bring that into fruition.
How did you deal with all the changes in the past two years that the music industry has gone through?
Being an independent artist has its trials, so when the entire world seemed to have completely stopped in the blink of an eye, I went deep into my soul. Meaning I took that silence and filled it with God's presence, with nature and finally found my voice. That's when my album took full force and the words started to illustrate the power of my potential.
What would you say to your younger self if you could?
There will be times you will feel grief, you’ll battle depression and you’ll feel lonely, but baby girl you’re never alone. All the bad will turn into an abundance of all the things you’ve ever lost and that’s what you should focus on. Abundance.
On a scale from ONE to TEN, how driven are you?
One to ten, interesting I never thought about it that way. The amount of drive I possess can't be measured by a number scale.
When you're not feeling motivated how do you get back on track?
I’ll admit I have many seasons where I don’t feel motivated, but when these seasons happen I start tapping into my faith, pray, and begin to do the things my own mind told me I couldn’t.
How much do you believe LUCK plays a role in success?
I believe everyone has a purpose and destiny. I can see though how luck could potentially play a role in success, especially with all the overnight social media celebrities. However; when I think about some of the greats like Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, or Beyonce we have to acknowledge that’s hard work and dedication to
How can we stay up to date with you?
I'm active on social media and I have a website ayannajahnee.com ! You can find me on all platforms!
Links to any social /music account you want to share?
https://www.facebook.com/AyannaJahnee (Facebook like)
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