REVIEWS

A few thoughts from a few friends

“Cellist and singer Ayanna Witter-Johnson has to be heard to be believed. Her self-assured style blends a honey-sweet vocal delivery with bewitching cello-playing.”
Time Out

“From the opening notes on hearing her cello at the Roberto Fonseca gig at the Barbican, to hearing her sing at the World Event Young Artists Festival in Nottingham, to her most recent standout performance at the House of Saint Barnabas this lady is yet more testament of the vast talent emerging from the UK at this time. The pressure at the top end of music today means that unless you can master your instrument, sing like an angel and write your own work you’re going to find it hard to reach the top! Ayanna is all these things and more and I’m her biggest fan!”
Gilles Peterson

“Working with Ayanna has been a wonderful experience, Ayanna is an amazingly talented musician full of ideas and open to new concepts. she has a unique ability to soulfully fuse Jazz, Blues & Folk in a way that I haven’t come across before. I have no doubt Ayanna will go on to be one of the UK’s brightest stars in the coming years.”
Marc Mac, 4hero

“Ayanna is a unique talent, as a songwriter, a voice, and an instrumentalist. Towering technical artistry with heartbreaking soul. The real deal.”
Riz MC

“… a huge talent … like a young Cassandra Wilson would have sounded if she also happened to be a fine cellist.”
Jazzwise

“Sounded amazing!”
Edith Bowman, BBC Radio 1

“Heaveee set!”
Ras Kwame, BBC Radio 1xtra

“Excellent!”
Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

“If this is a taster of what’s to come from a singer at the end of her formative years and the beginning of her performative years, the future is very bright indeed for an artist that excels in musicianship rather than tabloid column-inches.”
Hunger Magazine

“‘Black Panther’ – a soothing yet defiant piece of folk-soul that we suspect will come into its own in a live setting.”
Digital Spy

“Her debut EP Black Panther edges closer to release and if the lead single is anything to go by (also named Black Panther); we should be just as excited as she is!”
Independent

“In the modern music industry it takes a lot more than just great vocal skills and stunning good looks to stand out from the rest of the crowd and make it to the top. Meet Ayanna Witter-Johnson – a MOBO award nominated singer, songwriter and celebrated cellist who aims to do just that with her forthcoming EP ‘The Black Panther’.”
MTV

“Ayanna Witter-Johnson’s beautiful voice captivated us right from the start. Her raw passion is only matched by her incredible talents, and she’s bound to take the world by storm any day now.”
Earmilk

“Keep Ayanna Witter-Johnson, one of the UK’s next rising voices, on your radar.”
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