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."
[SAM SESSASee 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.