Live Sessions Mariana (Photo: Roger McKenna)

Published on January 31st, 2019 | by Jerry Doby


Emerging R&B Starlet Mariana Discusses Dreams For Music Following Exciting Debut

Back Story – Having found her passion for making music at a young age, New York native Mariana Velletto, professionally known as MARIANA, is set to take the world by storm. Mariana is a Jamaican/Italian singer/songwriter, hailing from New York small town Utica, where she took time to develop her sound and style. At age 18 she moved to Los Angeles to commit full-time to her craft. A year later, she is ready to take her unique sound global. Heavily influenced by some of music’s greatest female artists, including Beyoncé, Aaliyah, and Keyshia Cole, Mariana has an infectious soulful voice and old-school sound reminiscent of Monica. Taking inspiration from the R&B/Soul music heyday of the ’90s, Mariana is no stranger to immersing herself in the genre and pushing the limits – as heard on her debut single ‘REWIND’. In an industry constantly changing, Mariana strives to bring back the emotion felt when making a connection to an organic sound, textured voice and inspired lyrics. As she grows as an artist, her musical repertoire evolves from traditional ballads to a one-of-a-kind rhythmic soul that is evident of her future in the world of R&B.

Following a successful debut with her amazing single “Rewind”, which included the video premiere here on Hype and an Emerging Artist nod from Billboard Radio, we got some time from the budding R&B star to go a bit behind the music and gain some insight on what brought her to the industry and what drives her music.


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In this, her first ever interview, Mariana bolstered what her music already tells us…she’s got the stuff AND a sense of humor that’s out of this world! In response to our asking about her craziest “Where they do that at?!” experience thus far, Mariana relates a “tear ya mouth out funny” story describing a once in a lifetime (maybe) experience at a New York sandwich shop. You don’t want to miss it…tune in!

Just in case you missed her debut, let’s…REWIND!

Photo Credit Roger McKenna)

“tear ya mouth out funny” borrowed from Mr. Steve Harvey!

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