Wade's World Bio on Mae Ya Carter-Ryan

Written by Wade's World

Known as Mae Ya The Golden Voice Since becoming the 1st place winner of Wade's World, Chicago's Got Talent 2012, Mae Ya has been unstoppable.

Mae Ya has been featured on WGN's Morning Show 3 times, CBS's Someone You Should Known, WCIU's You And Me This Morning, ABC's Windy City Live and just recently she was featured on ABC's Heart and Soul.

Her powerful yet velvety sound landed her the byline of an article in the Chicago Tribune by critic Howard Reich after performing in the South Shore Jazz Festival. Mae Ya is often described as the little girl with the 40 year old voice.

She has being compared to legendary singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson and more. The Suntimes's Reader Magazine found Mae Ya to be so interesting that they featured her in a full story, and produced a mini documentary about her that may be seen online.

Mae Ya sings 5 genres of music from jazz to classical. Mae Ya attends Merit School Of Music where she has received a full vocal scholarship in advanced classes, she is the youngest student and the only student in elementary school in this class. Mae Ya won the Chicago Music Award in the category of Most Talented Child 12 and Under in the Chicago land area. In January of this year she went to Washington D.C. to open up the Illinois State Senate Democratic Inaugural Ball singing the National Anthem, which she recently sang acapella for our Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois.

Within this year Mae Ya has had the opportunity to audition for two major Hollywood movies. People from every where have enjoyed her unique sound, in events like Stedman Graham's private VIP reception honoring the legendary basket ball player Dominique Wilkins, The Chicago Blues Fest., City Winery Restaurant, Black Womens Expo Gala, International Festival of Life, Oktoberfest, Cancer Foundation and much more.

Just last week the DuSable Museum of African American History celebrated the March on Washington, they didn't want anyone else to sing the song that Mahalai Jackson sang 50 years ago but Mae Ya, she has been nickname “Little Mahalia”

Two days ago Mae Ya wowed the crowd at an event called Jazz on The Grass at Chicago State University and tonight she will perform a classic blues song (Let The Good Times Roll).

Dwyane Wade's World

"Mae Ya...great job. Your voice is Beautiful and great piano skills" Tweet fron Dwayne Wade