It's rare to find a talented individual whose craft is driven by the sole desire of uplifting those she touches. Ayana McDonald is undoubtedly one of those individuals. Her gift possesses the uncanny ability to reach audiences both far and wide.
As a native of Long Island, New York, Ayana began singing at only 3 years old as the youngest of five siblings. Her gift has allowed her to travel across the country and overseas with a message of hope and love to the masses. She is a sought after vocal clinician, singer, and songwriter who has performed at Fenway Park, the Wang Theatre, and the Apollo Theatre. In 2005, she was awarded a full tuition scholarship to study at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music, where she graduated with a B.A. in Music Business & Management. As a member of the Stellar Award winning group JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, she has made appearances on The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), ABC Networks & BET. Her gift has allowed her to open up for nationally recognized recording artists Tye Tribbett, Fred Hammond, Kim Burrell, Gloria Estephan, the Yellow Jackets, and countless others. In 2010 she debuted as an actress alongside gospel legend Shirley Murdock in the hit stage play “Torn Between the Two”.
She currently resides in Atlanta,GA where she serves as Director of Worship & Arts at Connectional International Ministries, under the powerful leadership of Pastor Chuck B. Douglas & First Lady Teressa Douglas. Today she stands as a vibrant addition to the world of contemporary praise and worship music with sincere messages straight from the book of life. Her vocal clarity has been described as that of CeCe Winans with a touch of urban flair while her presentation is refreshing and captivates all who experience it. It is clear that Ayana’s heart is for the people as she endeavors to change the lives of those she encounters through her music. Her debut album entitled “Flow” is scheduled to be
released this year.
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