AMYRA is a musician, playwright, author and activist. Her work fuses music and poetry through powerfully transparent performances focusing on social inequalities and communal healing whilst celebrating love, blackness, and womanhood. She has performed throughout the United States and Europe collaborating with the likes of The Apollo, BAM, BBC, Roundhouse, Amnesty International and more. Amyra is the inaugural recipient of the Battersea Arts Centre Phoenix Award which led to the 2019 London premiere of her debut play VASELINE. She is the author of the water under the bridge and Mouth Full of Concrete and has three literary works soon to be released with Penguin, Candlewick and Flying Eye Books. Her musical debut, Something Melancholy, led to sharing stages with Common, Melanie Fiona, Alice Smith, Nikki Giovanni and more. Amyra is currently working on her first full length album WITNESS set to release later this year.
Meet Amyra, The Multifaceted Artiste Leading a Movement of Music and Art with Purpose
“Singer, author, playwright, educator and activist, Amyra is a multifaceted artist who uses her voice as an instrument for change. 26 year-old Amyra’s work is conscious without being preachy, a pure voice using her experiences as a call for change. Describing her work as ‘catharsis’, Amyra expresses her experiences as a Black woman through her artistry. And she’s turning pain to action. Currently writing a book, performing a play titled VASELINE in London about the intricacies of Black womanhood. Amyra has now released her latest single GLOW ahead of her upcoming album WITNESS. This talented New Yorker is one to look out for.”
"Amy has been a force since she was in high school. She's a self-described "woman of color hollerin' about politics" and watching her perform has the same thrill I associate with a young Nina Simone. She's a breathtaking combination of profound craft in service of raw emotion, and her music and poetry reflect the urgency of the moment that MCC is seeking in our own work. We are grateful that we once had the chance to teach her, and humbled that we now have the chance to learn from her," - Will Cantler, Co-Artistic Director of MCC Theater.
"Amy Leon's voice bursts through the constraints of technical proficiency like sunbeams through a window; her words are strong, personal and enlightening." - Huffington Post
New York Times
"There was also that moment when an extraordinary singer and composer named Amy Leon (who sang Bob Dylan’s “Ballad of Hollis Brown”) asked the audience to breathe in and breathe out, breathe in and breathe out, and then, finally, yell as loud as it could on the exhale. Prettier sounds were heard that night, but that collective scream best summed up the experience."
"It's rare that a song provides listeners with a history lesson. It’s even rarer still that a song would use a history lesson to shed light on some of its country’s most pressing issues, and provide a commentary and call to action. But that’s exactly what singer, writer, and spoken word artist Amy León does in her powerful song “Burning in Birmingham.” - Atwood Magazine
BBC interview | Women Rally Against Trump
Freedom We Sing, Flying Eye 2020
Concrete Kids, Penguin 2020
Darling, Candlewick 2022
Through movement, poetry, music, and recorded interviews VASELINE dissects the intricacies of Black Womanhood. Written, directed, produced, designed, and cast by Amyra, VASELINE premiered March 2019 at the Battersea Arts Centre in London. It was commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and Arts Council England and will return to the stage in 2020.