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20 September 1980 |
|Genres||Drum and bass, pop, dance|
|Labels||Hussle Girl, Transmission Recordings, Hospital, Signal Records, Sony|
|Associated acts||Calvin Harris, DJ Fresh, Camo & Krooked, Dilemn, Jack Peñate|
Ayah Marar (Arabic: آية مرار, born 20 September 1980) is a Jordanian singer, songwriter, performer, radio show host and label owner based full-time in the UK. She has been featured as a vocalist and/or writer on music from UK artists including Calvin Harris, DJ Fresh, Camo & Krooked, Bassline Smith, Dilemn and Jack Peñate.
Ayah was born in Amman, Jordan on 20 September 1980, to a Jordanian father and a Czech-Bulgarian mother. She spent most of her adolescence in Jordan, before emigrating to the UK at 18 years of age, where she began her musical career at Warwick University.
She is involved in the drum and bass scene and recorded her first single, 'Dance Child', with Loxy & Ink (Signal Records). She recorded several singles in this genre, before meeting and collaborating with Calvin Harris and Toddla T in 2004. Marar and Harris shared a home for a brief period, she toured the world as part of his live show and she collaborated on his second album, performing the vocals on 3 of the tracks, as well as a guest spot on Toddla's album and a single with his previous band Small Arms Fiya.
Ayah worked at a record shop, Uptown Records, in Soho where she met and formed bonds with several radio and club personalities. In the meantime she helped to establish and run Lucky Devil Records and promoted events in and around London.
Marar receives support from Kiss FM, Ministry of Sound radio and BBC Radio 1Xtra, appearing on the latter several times for shows and PAs, and with support from the likes of MistaJam and Bailey. She has guest-hosted several radio shows. Her recent single 'Unstoppable' was Jam Hot Record of the Week.
Ayah launched her solo career and created her own independent label, "Hussle Girl", as a platform to release her own singles and forthcoming album, "The Real".
Her album The Real was released on 15 October via Hussle Girl and Transmission Recordings in the UK and Radikal Records in the US and Canada.
She held a residency as a DJ at Herbal in Shoreditch for four years and worked as a touring MC with Hospital Records and other companies. She formed a funk band, SlinkyFix, toured the UK and performed at events with Gilles Peterson and at the Jazz Café.
- The Real (Hussle Girl / Transmission Recordings 2012)
Singles and EPs
- "Mind Controller" (Hussle Girl 2012)
- "Unstoppable" (Hussle Girl / Transmission Recordings 2012)
- "The Raver" (Pilot Recordings 2012)
- "Alive" (featuring P Money) (produced by FuntCase) (Hussle Girl / Transmission Recordings 2013)
- "The Bass Soldiers EP" (Hussle Girl 2014)
As featured artist
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2013||"Thinking About You"
(Calvin Harris featuring Ayah Marar)
- DJ Fresh feat. Ayah Marar 'The Edge' - 'The Feeling' (Additional Vocals) - 'Turn It Up' (Writing Credit)
- Architex feat. Ayah Marar ‘Dance Child’ Signal Recs
- Calvin Harris feat. Ayah Marar ‘Let Me Know’
- Insiders feat. Ayah Marar ‘Meltdown’ Metalheadz
- Domu feat. Ayah Marar ‘Something New’ TrebleO
- Apex feat. Ayah Marar ‘The Space Between’ Hospital
- Bungle feat. Ayah Marar ‘If I Leave’ CIA
- Baron feat. Ayah Marar 'Endless Summer' Breakbeat Kaos
- Total Science & Bungle feat. Ayah Marar ‘Snake Eyes’ CIA
- Marky & Total Science feat. Ayah Marar ‘2nd Date’ CINNA
- Small Arms Fiya feat. Ayah Marar ‘Pressure/Gotta Decide’ MoreAboutMusic
- Camo & Krooked feat. Ayah Marar 'Cross The Line' Hospital Recs
- Camo & Krooked feat. Ayah Marar 'Watch It Burn' Hospital Recs
- Warrior One feat. Ayah Marar 'FYAH' Black Butter Recs
- Yogi feat. Ayah Marar 'Follow U' Ministry Of Sound
- Bungle feat Ayah Marar 'The Siren' Spearhead
- Calvin Harris 'Flashback' - 'Stars Come Out' - 'Limits'
- Jack Penate 'Tonight's Today' - 'Everything Is New' - 'Be The One' - 'Pull My Heart Away' - 'Every Glance'
- Toddla T 'Helders'
- Drumsound & Bassline Smith 'The Only Way' & 'The Flames'
- Russo feat. Ayah Marar - 'I Know'
- Cheryl Cole 'Call My Name' (additional vocals)
- Dilemn feat. Ayah Marar - 'Talk About Us'
- Kastle feat. Ayah Marar - 'Red Light'
- R3hab & NERVO feat. Ayah Marar - 'Ready for the Weekend'
- Calyx & TeeBee feat. Ayah Marar - 'The Fall'
- The Prototypes feat. Ayah Marar - 'Kill The Silence'
- Yogi feat Ayah Marar 'Follow U' (directed by Blake Caridge)
- Camo & Krooked feat Ayah Marar 'Cross The Line' (directed by Isaac & Ali @ Yo Video Films)
- Ayah Marar 'Mind Controller' (directed by Dani Deville)
- Ayah Marar 'Unstoppable' (directed by Dani Deville)
- Russo feat Ayah Marar 'I Know' (directed by B.E.L.A)
- Ayah Marar 'The Raver' (directed by Halcyon Nights)
- Ayah Marar feat P Money 'Alive' (directed by Luke Biggins)
- Ayah Marar ' Lethal Dose'
- Calvin Harris feat Ayah Marar 'Thinking About You'
- Ayah Marar 'Beg Borrow Steal' (directed by Daniel Deville)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 November 2011. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
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- "Top 40-artiest: Aah Marar" (in Dutch). Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved 18 January 2013.