"Ask her who she is. She’ll say 'Amma Singer, Amma Songwriter, Amma whole lotta things!'" So goes the introduction to multi-talented, multi-faceted musician Amma Whatt. Amma started out her career in the arts at the age of 5 as a professional dancer who toured with her parents, both musicians. She performed and studied the musical traditions of West Africa and Cuba, a lyrical and rich training ground that informed her time as a founding member of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and later on as part of the girl group Mizidi.
Amma is an accomplished vocalist who blends jazz, R&B, hip-hop, world music, and acoustic alternative in her own songs as well as on arrangements for other musicians. She has performed across the globe alongside artists such as Ruben Studdard, Karen Clark-Sheard, Ki-Ki Sheard, and Shirley Murdock. She appeared on the big screen in the movie August Rush performing the Academy Award nominated song “Raise it Up."
When she's not recording, touring, or writing, Amma makes it a point to give back to the community. She has worked with organizations such as Egbe Iwa Rites of Passage Program and Miracle Corners of the World. One of her dreams (besides world music domination) is launching performing-arts programs for young people all over the world.
Enjoy Amma's "Maybe" from her EP by the same name, and be sure to check out all the grooves on I AM THAT GIRL's Music Monday's playlist, updated each week!
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