BIO
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Baraka (rhymes with Erica) May is a studio singer for some of the world’s finest composers and performers. She has sung behind artists such as Billie Eilish, Pentatonix, Celine Dion, Pharrell, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Jennifer Hudson, and Muse and has been featured on stages all over the world, from the Hollywood Bowl to the Tokyo International Forum.

 

With seven musical siblings, a mother in voiceover, a father in jazz and film music, an active church-singing regimen, and rigorous classical piano training, it was easy for Baraka to spot the career she wanted early on. Her passion for singing was coupled by an immense joy in shifting her voice into the many styles she was surrounded by. 

 

In the past nine years of working in the music industry, Baraka's voice can be heard in over 400 major motion pictures, tv episodes, video games, commercials, and albums, including La La Land, Frozen II, Star Trek Beyond, The Lion King, Jurassic World, Finding Dory, Coco, The Voice, and The Tonight Show. A-List film composers including Danny Elfman, John Powell, Hans Zimmer, and Michael Giacchino have enlisted her talents singing everything from belted gospel to ethereal soprano to child-like character voices. 

Baraka joined the beloved Star Wars universe as a soloist in Solo: A Star Wars Story, providing the bizarre Huttese singing voice of lounge singer, Chanteuse. She joined the Frozen family as a soloist on Olaf's Frozen Adventure and small ensemble singer in Frozen II and sang featured vocals on Disney Pixar's heartwarming hit, Coco. Baraka has provided several solos and celebrity impressions in Family Guy, including Taylor Swift, Sia, Juice Newton, Sarah McLachlan, Zooey Deschanel, and Madonna. She played a paramount role in the smash hit, La La Land, which she worked on extensively over the course of two years demoing original material fresh from Pasek and Paul, providing solos for on-screen characters, and singing choral/score vocals. She became the singing voice of lead character, Moxy, in the PBS kids show, Mack & Moxy, midway through its first season, and her haunting rendition of Dolly Parton's "Little Sparrow" is featured on the Pretty Little Liars episode, Along Comes Mary.

In 2015, Baraka shared the stage with Danny Elfman in The Nightmare Before Christmas LIVE performing as lead female character, Sally, in Tokyo, Japan and again as a character soloist for two sold-out performances at the Hollywood Bowl. She has continued to perform this show with Danny Elfman, Catherine O'Hara, and Ken Page all over the world, including Japan, New York, England, Scotland, and Ireland. She also is a regular performer for Disney Concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, where she is a featured soloist for shows like The Little Mermaid LIVE, La La Land LIVE, Beauty and the Beast LIVE, and Willy Wonka LIVE. She made her directorial debut as the vocal director and vocal coach for Willy Wonka LIVE in 2017, performing and working one-on-one with artists including 'Weird Al' YankovicElle KingFinn Wolfhard, and Richard Kind.

Baraka's skills as a versatile vocalist and pianist have generated a variety of jobs for her as a soundalike singer, voiceover actress, vocal contractor, beat-boxer, music director, arranger, songwriter, and master teacher. A summa cum laude graduate of USC's Thornton School of Music, she holds both a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Voice and a Master's Degree in Teaching Music with a Choral Emphasis. She is regularly asked to serve as a vocal contractor, music director, section leader, and guest clinician within the choral and a cappella community. Her award-winning vocal arrangements have been featured on Oprah and performed nationally by the nation's top show choirs and a cappella groups.

Baraka has vocal directed and contracted a range of singers, including children (Tangled: The SeriesGabby's DollhouseMayans M.C.El Camino Christmas) and adults (Jingle Jangle: A Christmas JourneyThe Ghost and Molly McGeeFresh Off the BoatUglyDollsAll My LifeThe Hyperions). She has worked as a vocal director, arranger, and transcriber for various projects with Disney Television Animation, DreamWorks Animation, Kanye West's choir, The Samples, The Oscars, live shows at the Hollywood Bowl, and many seasons of The Voice.

Baraka is also a gifted voiceover actor and provides various voices for multiple films, video games, and TV series. She has recurring roles on The Ghost and Molly McGee, Nickelodeon's Transformers, and Centaurworld, in addition to her work in commercials, video games, dubbing, and films.

The joy of singing an eclectic mix of styles has made studio work the perfect niche for Baraka's talents. Her background includes classical, pop, jazz, R&B, celebrity impressions, character voices, world music, and musical theater. Whether she is asked to sight-read or improvise, provide a powerful lead solo or blend like butter, sing low Alto or high Soprano, Baraka's passion for singing and level of musicality is evident in her work.

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NEWS

Hear Baraka's wickedly spooky, sinister lead vocals for the new Hearthstone Darkmoon Faire trailer HERE

Hear Baraka's haunting solo in the official champion theme for League of Legends HERE

Hear Baraka's solos in the original soundtrack for Solo: A Star Wars Story HERE

Hear Baraka's featured yodeling in this couch gag for The Simpsons season 32 HERE

Hear Baraka perform "Angel Eyes" in one live, unedited take HERE 

 

NEW RELEASES

Now available on Netflix

   and streaming: Centaurworld, Q-Force, Doug Unplugs, Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War, Gabby's Dollhouse

OCTOBER, 2021:

*  Performing The Nightmare Before

   Christmas LIVE to Picture with Danny

   Elfman, Weird Al Yankovich, Ken Page,

   and more at the Banc of California

   Stadium

*  Recording multiple VO characters for a

   new video game with Marc Graue

   Studios

*  Recording solo vocals from home for

   The Ghost and Molly McGee

*  Recording solo vocals and vocal

   arranging for Disney TV Animation

SEPTEMBER, 2021:

*  Recording solo vocals from home for

   Disney TV Animation

*  Recording small ensemble vocals for

   an upcoming Disney film

*  Recording choral vocals for a new film

   with Michael Giacchino

*  Vocal contracting for a new film

   with Netflix

*  Recording voiceover as a recurring

   character on Disney TV Animation's

   new show, The Ghost and Molly

   McGee

*  Vocal arranging and singing for an

   upcoming show with Disney

*  Recording English dubbing and solo

   vocals for an upcoming film with Netflix

*  Recording solo & small ensemble

   vocals for Holland America Cruiselines

*  Recording choral vocals for an

   upcoming video game with Formosa 

AUGUST, 2021:

*  Vocal directing for several shows with

   Disney TV Animation

*  Recording solo vocals from home for

   Disney TV Animation

*  Recording solo vocals for League of

   Legends

*  Vocal contracting and recording vocals

   for a new series with Disney TV

   Animation

*  Recording small ensemble vocals for

   an upcoming Disney film 

*  Recording voiceover for an upcoming

   video game with Halpnet

*  Recording solo & small ensemble

   vocals for Holland America Cruiselines

*  Recording English dubbing and solo

   vocals for an upcoming film with Netflix

JULY, 2021:

*  Recording solo vocals from home

   for Disney Channel

*  Vocal contracting a kids choir for CBS

*  Vocal directing for several shows with

   Disney TV Animation

*  Vocal contracting for the USC Film

   Scoring Program

*  Recording small ensemble vocals for

   for Holland America Cruiselines

*  Recording voiceover for an upcoming

   video game with Halpnet

*  Recording voiceover for several

   characters on a new show with Disney

   TV Animation

*  Recording solo vocals for an upcoming

   horror film with Warner Bros

JUNE, 2021:

*  Recording solo vocals from home

   for Disney Channel

*  Vocal contracting for Disney TV

   Animation

*  Vocal contracting a kids choir

   for Netflix

*  Vocal directing for several shows with

   Disney TV Animation

*  Recording VO as a villain for a new

   animated series with Nickelodeon

*  Recording solo vocals from home

   for Nickelodeon

*  Recording with Michael Buble