BIO

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 Celine Dion, Pharrell, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Jennifer Hudson, Josh Groban, 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 eight years of working in the music industry, Baraka's voice can be heard in over 300 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. Her haunting rendition of Dolly Parton's "Little Sparrow" is featured on the Pretty Little Liars episode, Along Comes Mary. Baraka has provided several solos and celebrity impressions in Family Guy, including Taylor Swift, Sia, Juice Newton, Sarah McLachlan, Zooey Deschanel, and Madonna. She became the singing voice of lead character, Moxy, in the PBS kids show, Mack and Moxy, midway through its first season. Baraka 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 joined the Frozen family as a soloist on Olaf's Frozen Adventure and sang featured vocals on Disney Pixar's heartwarming hit, Coco

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 since become a regular featured soloist at the bowl, performing the role of Alana in The Little Mermaid LIVE in both 2016 and 2019. She premiered La La Land LIVE and Beauty and the Beast LIVE as a featured soloist at the Bowl in 2017 and 2018. She has reprised her roles in The Nightmare Before Christmas LIVE each year for multiple sold-out performances with Danny Elfman at the Hollywood Bowl, Barclays Center in New York, and Tokyo International Forum. She made her directorial debut in 2017 as vocal director and vocal coach for Willy Wonka LIVE at the Hollywood Bowl, performing and working one-on-one with artists including Weird Al Yankovic, Elle King, Finn 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 artist, beat-boxer, music director, arranger, songwriter, and master teacher. A summa cum laude graduate of USC’s Thornton School of Music, she is regularly asked to serve as music director, section leader, and work as a 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. 

 

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

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

NOVEMBER, 2019:

*  Recording for several parades with

   Disney  and NBC Universal

*  Vocal contracting for Princess

   Cruiselines 

*  Writing vocal arrangements and choral

   directing The Samples

*  Recording for Universal Studios

*  Recording solo vocals for an upcoming

   series with CBS

*  Recording solo vocals for a new series

   with Disney Junior

*  Recording for the Macy's Thanksgiving

   Day Parade 

*  Performing Assassin' s Creed LIVE at

   the Dolby Theatre

*  Recording for a new Netflix series

OCTOBER, 2019:

*  Vocal producing for DreamWorks

   Animation

*  Recording solo vocals for DreamWorks

   Animation

*  Recording solo vocals for a new series

   with Netflix

*  Recording for Riot Games 

*  Recording for live events with Disney 

*  Vocal contracting and recording solo

   vocals for Princess Cruiselines 

*  Performing for composer, Lisbeth Scott

*  Recording for composer, Samuel
   Siskind

*  Performing for composer, Germaine

   Franco 

SEPTEMBER, 2019:

*  Vocal contracting for The Hyperions

*  Vocal producing for DreamWorks

   Animation

*  Recording solo vocals for DreamWorks

   Animation

*  Recording small ensemble vocals for a

   new animated film 

*  Recording solo vocals for Honda

*  Recording solo vocals for League of

   Legends 

*  Recording for an upcoming series

   with Netflix

*  Vocal contracting, composing, and

   singing for Music Under the Stars 

*  Recording for Disneyland, Paris

*  Recording for Hal Leonard Publishing

AUGUST, 2019:

*  Recording solo vocals for a new 

   Disney film

*  Recording solo vocals for DreamWorks

   Animation

*  Vocal contracting & vocal producing

   new projects with DreamWorks

   Animation

*  Recording solo vocals for Disneyland,

   intl

*  Recording solo and group vocals

   for Princess Cruiselines

*  Recording for a new series with Netflix

*  Performing on-camera vocals for a new

   series with Netflix 

*  Recording for Hal Leonard Publishing

 

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