Maverick cellist and vocalist Ayanna Witter-Johnson releases her next single ‘Crossroads’ on 23rd January and a stunning video from debut album ‘Road Runner.’ The album pays tribute to 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.
Ayanna Witter-Johnson is THE definition of eclectic soul – a singer, songwriter, cellist, composer, producer and arranger with phenomenal musical prowess, mesmerising vocals, uncompromising lyrics and mastery of the cello.
Ayanna Witter-Johnson a rare exception to the rule that classical music and eclectic soul cannot successfully coexist releases ‘Crossroads’ on 23rd January. ‘Crossroads’ is the long-awaited next offering from last Spring’s release of Ayanna’s critically acclaimed debut long-player ‘Road Runner’. Ayanna imprints her unique musical signature into new single ‘Crossroads’ with its lush, atmospheric and sensual video does not disappoint.
The ‘Crossroads’ video, directed by Bunny Bread is a slick, evocative vehicle for Ayanna’s mesmerising performance that is brimming with vibes and 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 the single and the 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.”
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.
‘Road Runner’ chronicles the journey of this singer, songwriter, cellist 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 Witter-Johnson is the artist of our times. She’s a cellist, songwriter and singer and everyone needs to be listening to her right now. She is fire.” The Guardian
“Ayanna is a unique talent, as a songwriter, a voice, and an instrumentalist. Towering technical artistry with heartbreaking soul. The real deal.” Riz Ahmed
“This lady is yet more testament to the talent coming out of the UK at this time.” Gilles Peterson
Thursday 23rd January – Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Friday 24th January – Grounds, Rotterdam
Saturday 1st February – Cesis Concert Hall, Latvia