Kay Azna - Singer-Songwriter & Lyricist
From performing in the living room of her family's home as a child, to performing for former U.S. President George W. Bush in 2001, to performing for her first music festival crowd at Bonnaroo in 2018, Kay Azna (Born Kaylyn Aznavorian) is no stranger to entertaining an audience. Following the guidance of late family members, Azna has both been trained in and performed music off and on since the age of five. It wasn't until she was approached by numerous Grammy winners and nominees in her network with the suggestion to pursue her talents full time in August 2015 that she began working towards a full time career in the music industry.
Since 2015, Kay Azna has been a professional independent singer-songwriter, writing music both with independent and signed artists in the genres of pop, rock, Christian pop, and country. Her personal writing style falls more in the family of experimental rock, ranging in style from pop/rock to metal, and since day one has caught the attention of execs both at Sony and Universal Music. Her sound has been frequently compared to the likes of Adele and the late Amy Winehouse, and in Fall 2016, landed her a top 20 spot in the international talent competition, "Megastar Millionaire". Since the competition, Azna has gone on to work with celebrity vocal coach, Cari Cole, and has undergone artist development both by Cole and through ArtistMax, led by Grammy-Winning Producer, Ken Caillat, of Sleeping Giant Music Group.
Her first single, "Set Me Free", was released October 6, 2017 under the artist name Kaylyn Aznavorian across both major and independent platforms in the US, the UK, and France, and currently streams regularly on independent radio stations in all three countries. For 10 weeks in Spring 2018, "Set Me Free" was consistently ranked #1 on the Virginia and US Rock Charts on Number One Music, leading to numerous streaming platform sponsorships to perform regularly including LIKE, Uplive, Vu-Me, and Streamago, and most recently, an invitation to perform at The Ville Stage at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in June 2018.
Azna is currently finishing writing and recording her premiere EP, "Freedom", with an anticipated release date of November 2018.
Additional Fun Facts: Azna has studied Military Strategic Intelligence, Business, and Social Sciences at Liberty University, Cosmetology at Bedford Science and Technology Center, and both Digital and Integrated Marketing at Cornell University. She is also an actress who has appeared in three seasons of the hit Netflix series, "House of Cards", and a model who once took over a 25-story billboard in Times Square in New York City! When not studying or pursuing artistic endeavors, Azna spends her time with her English Spot rabbit, BunJovi, her longtime beau, and friends and family members. Azna is currently a member of Broadcast Music Inc., a voting member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and is an active "Janie's Angel" with Steven Tyler's Janie's Fund, a nonprofit which helps to bring hope and healing to girls and young women who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect.