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 music 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 and raised in Cleveland OH, Mariama absorbed the sounds of soul, pop, jazz, rock, hip-hop, Broadway musicals, gospel and reggae. She brings a fresh sound she describes as contemporary R&B with splashes of world, jazz and pop influences, as evidenced in her various music releases. Her song, "I Need You" is frequently played on Northeast Ohio's premiere smooth jazz/r&b station 107.3The Wave. She also just scored a placement on Lifetime Network's hit reality show, "Dance Moms" with her newly released single, "Sweet Lovely Curse."
Inspired by countless music icons, Mariama delivers passion and heart in her music and performance. Equally vibrant behind the scenes, Mariama has a broad songwriting scope and is always penning new, unique ideas and has songs in development for her upcoming full-length CD, "Hey U It's Me." Mariama is a woman of undeniable skill, talent and exceptional artistry. With beautiful, unique melodies and lyrics, versatile music, an empowering message and a distinct voice of pure range and power, Mariama Whyte is destined to flourish as an innovative artistic powerhouse.