Introducing… Merna

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In this vast universe, nothing is static. Everything has the unlimited capacity for change. Palestinian born and Toronto-based singer/songwriter Merna (formerly known as Ayah) blissfully spreads her wings in a space and time where evolution is imminent. After creating magical soundscapes with the likes of DJ Jazzy Jeff (Jill Scott) and James Poyser (The Roots), she brazenly forays into uncharted sonic territory and with her dynamic opus The Calling featuring stellar production by Makai Black and executive producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest, Lucy Pearl). Evolution never sounded so sweet.

On The Calling, Merna skillfully sheds the skin of her former self, makes peace with the ghosts of her past, and births a masterpiece in the process. The Calling is equal parts redemption and testimony, chronicling a young woman’s journey to self love, acceptance, and strength. And with the help of producers Makai Black and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Merna  stretches out on sonic beds that cull from her wide range of musical influences.

Merna explains, “Musically, I always aim to break my own ground and delve a little more into my history and things that I’ve been influenced by. For example, there are sounds and rhythms on this album that are African and Arab inspired. Not a lot of people know that my first ever band in Abu Dhabi was a rock band, and that I’m classically trained in piano.”

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