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ABOUT

Songwriter / Performer / Producer / Instrumentalist

The name "Moyana" comes from Zimbabwe. It means "little spirit" in Shona. 

 

2024 These Days Mag Artist to Watch Moyana Olivia (Moyana Music, LLC) is passionate about making music that makes a difference. Olivia began releasing original music at fifteen in 2017, accompanying her vocals with instruments such as piano, acoustic & electric guitar, & electric bass. 

 

Olivia is currently a Musicology Major at Northwestern University studying the ways in which Black artists engender social change, restoration, and transformation through music

 

Performance highlights include The Capri Theater, The Schubas Tavern, Rockwood Music Hall, and the 50th annual Dillo Day, the largest student-run music festival in the United States.

 

Olivia is a member of the Royal Family Music Group collective in Minneapolis and a member of the Recording Academy's GrammyU Chicago Chapter. In 2023, she received the LGBTQ+ Emerging Artist Award from CITIBank and the Music Forward Foundation, the Quinn Coleman Scholarship from the Recording Academy, and a fellowship from the John Walt Foundation.

 

She is an alum of the 2023 Willis Wonderland Foundation Next Level Songwriters Workshop and of the 2022 Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project, and she served as a 2023 Keepsake House Artist-in-Residence.

 

Moyana Olivia's work has been commissioned by the Edina High School Choir Department and featured by the Best Buy Corporation, The View, the National Women’s March Movement, the ACLU, KMOJ radio, and many film festivals, including the 2022 Seattle International Film Festival and the 2022 DIYDS Festival at Harvard Art Museums. 

You can find original music on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, Apple Music, Amazon, TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram. Follow @moyana_olivia on Instagram for updates and more music.

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