Ayah Marar New Video!

Although she only became a household name after her appearance on Calvin
Harris’ 2013 single “Thinking About You,” Ayah Marar was already a respected
artist in her own right who had released her own solo album, “The Real,” as
well as collaborating on dozens of singles by other artists.

Born Laura Ayah Marar on September 20, 1980 in Amman, Jordan, she was inspired as a child by
soul, R&B, hip-hop, and reggae. Upon moving to the UK at age 18 to study music
at Warwick University, she became heavily involved in the drum ‘n’ bass scene,
running a club night. Eventually moving to London, she got a job in a record
shop and started her own label, the short-lived Lucky Devil. Her first big
break as a performer came in 2003 with Loxy & Ink’s “Dance Child,” which she
co-wrote and sang. Collaborations with numerous other drum ‘n’ bass artists
followed before she became involved in the nascent grime and bass music
scenes, working with artists such as DJ Fresh, Toddla T, and the
aforementioned Calvin Harris, with whom she briefly lived. She contributed
(uncredited) vocals to three of the tracks on Calvin’s 2007 debut album, “I
Created Disco.” In 2012, Marar released her debut solo single, “Mind
Controller,” on her new independent label, Hussle Girl. The super-funky single
was a big hit, with more than a quarter of a million views on YouTube. Several
more singles followed, including the frantic drum ‘n’ bass rush of “The Raver”
and the slinky “Lethal Dose,” all of which would appear on her debut solo
album “The Real,” which was released on Hussle Girl in the UK and then later
on Radikal Records in the US and Canada.