Maverick cellist and vocalist Ayanna Witter-Johnson releases her single ‘Crossroads’ on 23rd January with a stunning video from debut album ‘Road Runner.’ Ayanna is a singer, songwriter, cellist, composer, producer and arranger with phenomenal musical prowess, mesmerising vocals, uncompromising lyrics and mastery of the cello.
Ayanna imprints her unique musical signature into her new single with its lush, atmospheric and sensual video does not disappoint.
The album features her Jamaican roots, with its authentic urban grittiness against the backdrop of her incredible musicality. ‘Road Runner‘ brings a little coarseness to the cello, a rugged edge along with the mellow, whether Ayanna is classically bowing or percussively tapping her instrument of choice.
The ‘Crossroads’ video is a slick, evocative vehicle for Ayanna’s mesmerising performance that is brimming with soul, surrounded by a veritable ‘who’s who’ of faces of black British excellence from across the creative industries, including Wayne Francis (Steam Down) and Renell Shaw (Rudimental).
Ayanna says the single and music video “feels like the time is right to release ‘Crossroads’, a sultry, blues groove that is all about going on a journey to discover that true happiness lies within. Being joined by such an authentic line-up of talent for the video just enhanced the essence of the song.”
‘Road Runner’ chronicles the journey of this singer who effortlessly runs the musical gauntlet that ranges from classical to eclectic soul. With heavy bass lines and a dub delay where you might least expect it, while a solid groove and heavy bass graces the sweetest of ballads. ‘Road Runner‘ is a diverse mix of tones and moods, an expression of Ayanna Witter-Johnson’s incredible artistry.
Ayanna has extensively toured the UK and Europe since releasing her EPs in 2014 and composed for The Planets, achieving a MOBO award nomination along the way. 2019 was an incredibly successful year for Ayanna. She performed a dozen dates across Europe and has extended her European tour in 2020 with forthcoming dates across Amsterdam (to launch the single), Rotterdam and Latvia.
Thursday 23rd January – Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Friday 24th January – Grounds, Rotterdam
Saturday 1st February – Cesis Concert Hall, Latvia