Wayna is a GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter, who was born in Ethiopia and raised in the suburbs of Washington, DC. She worked as a writer for the Clinton White House before self-releasing three solo albums, garnering two Billboard-charting singles and a Grammy nomination in the R&B Best Urban Alternative category. Wayna has performed across the US and abroad – including shows at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Essence Fest, and the White House. In 2015, she joined the iconic Stevie Wonder as a vocalist in his live band, touring extensively with the Songs In the Key of Life Tour and in various performances throughout the US, Canada, the U.K., and Mexico.
Stevie Wonder says “She’s incredible.”
Essence Magazine says “Wayna is one to watch.”
Billboard Magazine calls her “a standout on the indie front.”
USA Today called Wayna’s GRAMMY-nominated remake “Lovin You (Music) f. Kokayi” a refreshing take on the Minnie Ripperton classic.”
“The Expats” is her third and latest LP, and the Washington Post calls it “brilliant.”