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Conversations with Alpha Ayanna

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alpha Ayanna. 

Hi Alpha, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
The direction of grace, faith, empowerment, and inspiration has driven my life. As a young child, I was actively raised in the church. It was in the church where I found not only my voice, but how my purpose would lead, empower, and inspire others. At the age of five, I started to find my voice through music. Throughout my childhood, I began to perform in organizational events, and school events. In my high school years, I would perform the Star Bangled Banner at numerous sporting events and annually perform at our Talent Show. I was also the 1st Vice President over all choirs at my high school. These experiences led me to be the first-ever African American Commencement soloist in my school district. Building on my foundation in music, I decided to further my education at Wichita State University under the School of Music. While attending Wichita State I received a certification in Piano. In May of 2020, I graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a minor in Business Management.

As of today, I am currently a graduate student at Berklee’s College of Music in their Music Business Master’s Program as well as a Music Industry Essential Certification student at New York University under the Clive Davis Program.

Besides studying the Music Business of the Music Industry, I also have created the series’ “A Singer’s Release”, and “Sunday Sweetness” on all Alpha Ayanna social media platforms. These two series showcase my artistry and creativity through songwriting and performance of various songs and covers. As well as promoting my artistry, I am also a plus-size influencer. I have collaborated with brands such as Mary Ruth Organics, Beirmark, and The Love Bracelet. I influence to inspire my visionaries and bring awareness to great causes, healthy living, and self-love.

Empowerment and ambition have created a foundation of genuine connection and authenticity for my brand. In everything I do, I hope to be a service and also an inspiration to others.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Achieving each level of success comes with great obstacles. With everything I have pursued and conquered, I have been faced with hardships. Many of the ideas and passions I seek out to do and did, I did as a first in my community, family, and friend groups. I have always been a big dreamer, achiever, and hustler. For example, in my education, I was a first-generation college graduate and now a first-generation graduate student. During that time, I was finding myself, my voice, learning new skills as a musician and artist, as well as trying to set a new standard in my family. Throughout my years, I have struggled with the weight of overexerting. This led me to overwork and overanalyze to a point where I was sacrificing my freedom of self for reputation. As I have gotten older, I am learning each day how to live without hesitation.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I like to refer to myself as a Music Industry Professional due to the diverse roles I have in the music industry. Besides being an artist, I also specialize and consult in Music Business. I help council up-and-coming artists in the music industry to help broaden their knowledge of the business aspect of music. As also an artist, I know that we mainly focus on music, but the business side of the music industry is what will keep your brand, platform, and music striving. When consulting, I give tools and advice on marketing, revenue streams, branding, copyrighting, touring, performance staging, artist authenticity, and team building. From the artistry perspective, I am also a contracting songwriter, vocal coach, and choir director.

As I use my platform to inspire and bring forth knowledge, I also use that same technique in my professional and business experiences. Whoever and whatever role you’d like to play in the industry, you have to be knowledgeable and be at your best often. There is too much revenue, insight, and growth in the industry for you to not be successful. And I want you to be successful.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
Growing up I was a social butterfly that was full of life, bluntness, and laughs. I loved all people, but I never feared to speak my mind respectfully. I was a leader that loved being around children older than me just to gain knowledge. I was always seeking more. I was always wanting more. I walked in purpose on the playground, in the church choir stand, at bowling tournaments, and even at family vacations. As described to me, I had a certain way of catching the hearts and minds of others. I was easy to talk to and I made everyone live in the moment by laughing, sharing encouraging words, or just sitting by them if they were alone. I loved [and still love] getting to know people. Besides music growing up, my interests were in people. However, I could help, be there, or guide them, I would do.

Pricing:

  • Artist Development Packages: $100-$500
  • Choir Consulting (per rehearsal, one hour): $100
  • Vocal Coaching (per session, one hour): $50-$75
  • Performance (per song): $150
  • Songwriting (prices vary due to song split): Starting at $250

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Image Credits
Elite Clothing Co.
Mary Ruth Organics

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