Akenya Seymour is a 23-year-old singer, pianist, composer, and arranger who is pursuing her dream of becoming a professional musician. Although she has been singing and surrounded by music her entire life, her musical journey truly began at age 13 when she was accepted into the Chicago Academy for the Arts; a high school devoted to nurturing the talent of young artists. It was at this time that Akenya discovered her passion and flair for jazz. During her high school career, Ms. Seymour performed in some of Chicago's most popular festivals, such as The Pearl Fest and Taste of Chicago, and on some of the city's most accredited stages and venues including the Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion, The Cultural Center, Fitzgerald's, The Daley Plaza, The Jazz Showcase, and the White Sox US Cellular Field.
In the fall of 2010, she embarked upon her journey at New England Conservatory of Music (NEC). During her time at NEC, Seymour performed regularly at all of the school's concert halls, including the world renowned Jordan Hall. She has worked with and performed for the likes of Fred Hersch, Jason Moran, Dave Holland, Vijay Iyer, Esperanza Spalding, Theo Bleckmann and Luciana Souza, to name a few. In addition to her musical accomplishments, she contributed to her school by founding and directing a benefit concert, a scholarship, and organizing several concerts, lectures, and outreach initiatives as president of NEC's African-American Student Union. She finished her Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Vocal Performance with Academic Honors this past May.
Akenya is currently working on a full LP as a follow up to her debut EP, Overcome, which was released in 2010. This new album will feature mostly originals, along with a few re-workings of standards, and will explore many sounds and genres, placing heavy emphasis on the roots of jazz, hip-hop, soul, funk, world music, and pop.