We had the good fortune of connecting with Mayah Dyson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mayah, how do you think about risk?
Risk has been a HUGE part of my career. Since the beginning of my career I’ve been taking risks. Leaving my hometown in Woodbridge, Va to go to school in Boston, MA at Berklee College of Music was the first big risk for my career! I moved to Boston at 18, by myself with no family or friends up there. I felt like I was starting all over, but in the end it was one of the best decisions for my life and my career.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My name is Mayah Dyson. I’m an R&B artist from Atlanta, GA by way of Woodbridge, Virginia. I’m committed to using my voice for love and liberation. I want to inspire and I want my music to be a place of peace. Music is my heart, so I just want to share a part of my heart with the music I create. I’m a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music. I got my first big break on Kelly Rowland’s first season of “Chasing Destiny” on BET. Shortly after I showcased my skills while performing with Solange Knowles on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and most recently singing background vocals for India Arie. My journey hasn’t been easy. I feel like people often glamorize what it’s like to be a musician and think that it’s all effortless talent. It’s a lot of hard work, like anything else. I think it takes a lot to be a musician because it’s a lot of not knowing what’s going to happen, so there’s a lot of uncertainty. I read something that stuck with me; it was basically saying a musicians favorite moment is being on the stage and giving their heart to other people. Their whole lives they’re chasing after that one moment. When I read that, I could definitely relate because I love being on stage and performing, and it feels like I’m doing everything in my life is just to get back to those moments. It’s really hard but it doesn’t take much for me to stay motivated because I love what I do.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yes! There are a few people that deserve credit for their part in my story. My family definitely deserves credit because from day one they have always been supportive of me and my career! My sophomore year at Berklee I left school to go to LA to be apart of Kelly Rowland and Frank Gatson’s TV show “Chasing Destiny.” It was such a privilege for me to work with Kelly and Frank during college. I learned so much from that opportunity and I made top 5 on the show. By the time I left LA to go back to Berklee, I had great exposure and a budding platform. It turned out to be the perfect time to put out my own music. Solange Knowles also deserves credit for her part in my story. I’m grateful for Solange because she gave me my first opportunity singing background vocals! My experience singing alongside Solange was one of my favorite moments of my career and performing on Saturday Night Live with Solange goes down in the books for one of my favorite performances. India Arie also deserves credit for her role in my story. I started singing background vocals for India Arie last year in April 2019. I got this opportunity through a woman named Ametria Dock, she sang background vocals for India Arie for the majority of India’s career. I’ve loved every moment of singing with India!
I won official music video: https://youtu.be/8giBt0ukoHA
Apple Music link: https://music.apple.com/us/
Spotify link: https://open.spotify.com/