Niya is a D.C, native who got her start singing in church. She has a rich and diverse background in vocal performance having studied and taught musical theater, classical voice, choral music, acapella, pop, jazz and sacred music. Niya is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and a proud alumni of Duke Ellington School of the Arts.
Niya has performed with some of the greatest names in the industry including Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, John Legend, Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle and many more. As a member of the Ellington Showchoir, Niya has performed numerous times for President Obama, Michelle Obama and Vice President Biden and has toured the East coast, California and France.
While at Berklee, Niya worked side by side with Beyoncé’s background vocalists The Mamas and was the Vocal and Assistant Director for Berklee’s 2016 and 2017 main stage productions, including “In The Heights” and “MEMPHIS”. She currently sings with the independent artist YEBBA and owns her own non-profit talent agency servicing the East Coast. Niya’s mission as an artist, entrepreneur and educator is to use the gift of music and the nuances of artistic expression to unify humanity.
Her teaching philosophy is simple yet effective: adjust to the student's creative desires and learning style while keeping proper goals intact and having a lot of fun.