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MADEART soundwaves artist spotlight MADE BY ASHLEY WHITE AYA N N A W I L L I A M S A . K . A . YA N N A C E L LO @yannacello CHICAGO RECENT PROJECT: I was honored to perform at seven BMW-sponsored Black excellence events in Martha’s Vineyard and LA. BMW celebrated their commitment to diversity by honoring various causes and leaders of marginalized communities. I performed with my friend and outstanding electric guitarist, Edward Vaughn. It was an unforgettable and amazing experience. Can you provide a brief bio on your music journey? Why the cello? My first instrument was actually the piano, but I fell in love with the cello in fifth grade, my school introduced us to various string and wind instruments. At first, I chose the double bass but was told it was too big for girls (sexist!). I went for the next biggest instrument, the cello, and never looked back. At the same time, my two little cousins, Mira Williams and Ade Williams, were taking violin lessons. We got together and called ourselves SugarStrings. We performed regularly for schools, churches, fundraisers, and cultural events in Chicago and around the country and were featured in Ebony, Windy City Live, NBC, ABC, WTTW, WFMT Radio, and more. Our mission was quality music education for children. Music instruction is expensive, so in exchange for my private lessons, group lessons, music theory classes, and ensemble classes, my mother worked for free at the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute and somehow found donors, sponsors, scholarships, and fee waivers to pay for summer music camps. Thanks to her sacrifice, I studied with some of the best cello instructors in the country. My cello journey has been nothing but a family operation. What are three words that sum up your love of music and why? PASSION Music is pure mood, pure vibration. It speaks to us in a language our soul understands, loves, and craves. #mademaven 23