Arlington Composer Sharing Her Dream with the World
By Office of Communication
Posted on November 05, 2020, November 05, 2020

Damoyee Janai's love of music began at a young age. But she wasn't just listening — she was creating.

"It was around the age of 8 when I started composing my own music instrumentally. Around age 10, 11, I started writing lyrics to some of my compositions," Janai said.

That work led to her first EP, released when she was just 13 years old, and a performance at Arlington's Levitt Pavilion.

"That was probably one of the most nerve-wracking performances," Janai said. "I even forgot the words to my own song. But it was such a cool experience."

That performance only fueled Janai's passion for music, eventually landing her a full scholarship at Boston's Berklee College of Music. She says the diversity on campus is reminiscent of her hometown.

"Just like Arlington, it's such a supporting community," Janai said. "I have so many friends not only from here, the United States, but also  worldwide, coming from different styles."

Janai has been able to share her work in Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth and beyond. But she says her roots in Arlington showed her what the American dream really means. 

"It keeps me hungry to pursue not only my career as an artist but help other communities, help other people," Janai said. "I'm so grateful."

Artist Damoyee Janai

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