For this singer, dramatist, educator and activist, music and art are more than entertainment: they are her mission. And with penetrating depth, Ayanna’s music is making audiences feel and heal. In a time so needy of real and responsible art, Ayanna is bringing to the world a most beautiful and meaningful gift for the human Spirit.
Ayanna is no stranger to the entertainment world. While growing up as the daughter of legendary Comedian and Human Rights Activist Dick Gregory, she was blessed with the opportunity to interact with such mega talents as Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. But the glamour of the entertainment world isn’t what resonated most with her. Raised with a deep awareness and concern for Human Rights, Ayanna’s musical roots are steeped in the struggle of the “Freedom Movement”. Ayanna knew early on that her gift of song would be her gift to the struggle.
Ayanna’s mission continues to take her around the country and across the globe. In addition to her life as a soul singer, she spends much of her time as an educator and motivational speaker, teaching life skills and creative arts to school children and lecturing before diverse audiences. Her newest creation is a powerful One Woman Show, Daughter Of The Struggle. This performance recreates Ayanna’s beautiful and inspiring journey as the daughter of a freedom fighter.
Ayanna recorded works include Beautiful Flower (2003), Ballad For My Father: Tribute to Dick Gregory (2007), Now (2011), I Dream A World ( 2013), and Mama This One’s For You (2014)
Songstress, writer, dramatist, educator and activist, Ayanna Gregory is etching out her place in the world, a place for a beautiful flower.
This event takes place on the Arts Walk at Monroe St. Market (716 Monroe St NE), just steps away from Brookland-CUA Metro (Red Line).
The rain location for this event will be Monroe St. Market Artist Studio, 716 Monroe St NE, Washington, DC 20017.