Mariah Hlatywayo (lutch-why-oh) is a singer-songwriter and drummer from Perth, Western Australia. She draws on her Christian faith and life experiences to produce a unique sound that references many different musical styles including gospel, christian, jazz, pop, world, folk and country.
Mariah’s musical journey began as a little girl in Sri Lanka where she learned to sing under the guidance of her father Deva De Silva, an established singer and musician. In the early 2000’s she was also given the opportunity to perform with her brother Josh on the ‘ETV Kid’s Show’ in Sri Lanka.
A few years after her move to Perth in 2005, Mariah began to learn the drums and received singing lessons during her years in high school. She further refined her musical skills by playing in church and as a drummer and vocalist for the cover band ‘Slim Chanz’ as a teenager. Following her graduation from high school, she began her studies as a jazz vocalist at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts with honours in Jazz Performance.
Mariah has performed at many local venues around Perth in different musical styles and settings, most notably the Ellington Jazz Club, Wembley Hotel and the River View Room at the Optus Stadium. In 2019 she released the EP ‘Paid in Full’ and also performed her original song ‘My One and Only One’ live on Sonshine fm’s’ The Brekkie Show’, both with her duo ‘Mariah and Josh’.
Mariah is passionate about encouraging and uplifting people from all walks of life through her music.Her debut single ‘My One and Only One Jesus’ draws on her own life experiences and Christian faith to uplift and encourage people from all walks of life.
‘My One and Only One Jesus’ is now available on all music streaming platforms.
Mariah and Josh -Live Music duo
Mariah has been performing with her brother Joshua as a musical duo for many years under the name ‘Mariah and Josh’. Having graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts as jazz vocalist and guitarist respectively, the two are equally at home crooning jazz and latin standards as they are with performing your favourite pop covers from the 1950’s to present day. This versatile duo is at home performing in larger venues with vocals, drums and electric guitar as well as accompanying their mellow voices with acoustic guitar and light percussion to suit more intimate functions.Together, their guitar, drums and male/female vocals produce a sound of a full band, exceeding the expectations of a duo.