Wayna

Meet The Band

April 10, 2008|By SAM SESSA

Hometown -- Bowie

Current members --Wayna Wondwossen, vocals

Founded in --2005

Style --R&B/soul

Influenced by --Minnie Riperton, Donny Hathaway, Billie Holiday

Notable --A native Ethiopian, Wayna worked as a writer in the White House Office of Presidential Letters and Messages before becoming a full-time musician. She just released her sophomore album, Higher Ground.

Quotable --"I'd gotten used to the identity of being a writer," she said. "It was scary at the beginning, but once I got used to calling myself an artist, the rest was pretty simple."

See Wayna tonight at Eden's Lounge, 15 W. Eager St. The music starts at 9 p.m. Call 410-244-0405 or go to edenslounge.com. The band: myspace.com/waynamusic.

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