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2020 TEDxColumbus Salon

KaTanya Ingram

I started performing at the Gallery Hop in the summer of 2009 and immediately fell in love with the concept of street performing.

Music really does bring people together. It's very personal to me, and I’m passionate about it. I want people to walk by and feel it and have it resonates with them too. I love to see them react to it. I love that it makes them smile, weep, stop or stare off thinking of a memory that a particular selection brought back to them."

I choose songs that are personal to me. I sing about love, the loss of love, happiness, forgiveness, and so much more.

I am not originally from Columbus, Ohio. I come from a military family and have traveled the world from Italy to the United States, Germany and back again.

I am most proud of being asked to sing twice at the Ohio governor's mansion for former Governor Ted Strickland and his guests, to sing The National Anthem during the State of the City Address for former Mayor Michael Coleman, and finally for a four-year-old boy whose mother was dying at the Wexner Medical Center. He wanted me to sing to him ‘their song.’

In the future, I would like to share how music has transitioned from the shores of Africa to the genres you see today.