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Amma Whatt

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Amma Whatt began her rich journey as a performer dancing professionally at 5 years old. Under the tutelage of her parents, she studied and performed the traditional music of West Africa and The Caribbean. After leaving her mark in the Howard University Jazz Vocal Performance Program and Howard Gospel choir as a soloist, she vocally supported acts across the US and internationally (Glory of NY Gospel Singers, Ruben Studdard, Karen Clark-Sheard, Ki-Ki Sheard, Shirley Murdock, Howard Hewitt, Melba Moore, Byron Cage, Rob Murat, Tulani Kindard). Amma was also a Hollywood finalist on the 2007 season of American Idol.

Adding further to her accomplishments, Ms. Whatt sang on the Academy Award-nominated song “Raise It Up” from the 2007 film August Rush. She appeared in the film, and performed the song at the 2008 Academy Awards.  As a staff writer and vocal producer with the Grammy nominated team of women songwriters, Big Drawz Music Group, Amma co-wrote “Just the Way You Are” for Kindred and The Family Soul’s “The Arrival.”