Whether in the recording studio, featured on national stages or crafting a poignant song, Mariama Whyte has the secret recipe that is certain to satisfy even the most discerning palette. A 2020 recipient of the Room in the House Artist Residency with Karamu House and 2019 recipient of a Verge Fellowship by Cleveland Arts Prize, Mariama has played leading roles in the Broadway National tours of Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Color Purple and Disney's The Lion King. In her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, Mariama has performed in acclaimed productions at Dobama Theatre, Karamu House, Cleveland Public Theatre, and the Tony Award winning Cleveland Play House. Mariama has performed on the Oprah Winfrey Show, shared the stage with mega-producer David Foster, and has been featured in various independent films as well as regional and national ad campaigns. She has opened for national and international artists such as Stephanie Mills and Jeff Bradshaw.
As a young child, Mariama was immersed in music and performance--studying voice, acting, piano and violin. It was clear to her early on that singing, acting and writing would be integral parts of her life and has since become a great performer and profound songwriter. Born to a Jamaican father and an African-American mother, Mariama absorbed the sounds of soul, pop, jazz, rock, hip-hop, Broadway musicals, gospel and reggae. She effortlessly merges her sonic influences and has been delivering unique sounds evidenced in her previous music releases including projects Find Your Light, I Need You, and Sweet Lovely Curse. She is now putting finishing touches on her new full length album, Hey You It's Me, due for release in summer 2021. A mother and author as well, Mariama just released her debut ebook, Single Mother's Soul : Reflections for a Joyful and Empowered Life.
Inspired by countless music icons of the past and present, Mariama delivers passion and heart in her music and performance. Self-described as a "quiet fire and a fearless flame," Mariama's vocal range is wide with a unique style to match. Equally vibrant behind the scenes, Mariama possesses a broad lyrical and songwriting scope, always penning something new and fresh for witnesses of her music. A woman of undeniable skill, talent and exceptional artistry - with unique melodies and lyrics, versatile music, empowering messages and a distinct voice of pure range and power, Mariama Whyte is destined to flourish as an innovative artistic powerhouse.