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Meet Ayanna Patterson of Ayanna the Loner in West LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ayanna Patterson.

Ayanna, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Music has always been at the forefront of my life. My mom sang in her church choir + local girl group when she was growing up in the Bronx.. While my dad has been DJing since he was 15. Naturally, I embraced all of their influence. I’d get the soul, jazz, oldies, R&B, folk, pop, and rock from my mom and rap & anything club related from my dad. So, at a really young age I was exposed to just about every popular music genre… Due to my natural ear for music, I’d pick up a few instruments here and there. Mostly, I self-taught until I’d bored with it and eventually moved on to writing and structuring songs. BOOM — fast forward to today and still all I have is these songs. Broke as fuck, still dreaming, still persevering.

Has it been a smooth road?
It definitely hasn’t been easy. No journey doesn’t come accompanied with trials and tribulations. It’s always to be expected. Sometimes you just gotta eat your Ls and keep moving. But, personally, I’ve struggled with depression, social anxieties, and low self-esteem since at least 10. Which has reflected in my music. I’ve wanted to give up on myself so many times in so many different ways. But I don’t regret continuing to push forward. All the fuck shit has been worth it thus far.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m an artist/musician basically. I can play the electric/acoustic guitar, piano & alto sax, but more than anything I’m a writer. As of right now, I’m most proud of my debut EP “Lonely Sentiments”, just based off of how long it took for me to really construct a cohesive project. I’ve been writing poems and songs since 11, releasing my own music since 15, yet didn’t release a body of work until 21. Plus with all the difficulties that came with finishing the project, the extremely long, tedious, and stressful two years creating it, then they push for it to sound how I wanted. It was a process, but once fulfilled it felt stupid gratifying.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
In 5-10 years, I see my art curating enough funds for myself and my family to live comfortably, to help setup organizations I’d like to start, to buy land/income properties and so on. As far as a cultural impact, I hope it’ll help the whoever has come across my work be more authentic with themselves, love themselves and those around them more, but most of all I hope I can open doors and ears for more LGBTQ+ artists because I feel there are stories within my community that go unheard. So, creating a platform & giving the world more insight into our lives, our experiences, our relationships, and how we view society is extremely vital.


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Image Credit:
Evatt Carrodus, Natalie Olivares, Shaniece Bullock

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