Free-spirited singer and speaker Mariyah LeBerg’s story took her from a Jehovah’s Witness upbringing to the stage. With a Jehovah’s Witness Mum and a Lebanese Muslim Dad, the one thing Mariyah’s parents agreed on was that rock music was not the best career choice for their daughter. Yet no amount of adversity could stop Mariyah, who would defy all obstacles to become a rock star. In 2010, Mariyah started out in the rock band Kids in Crime, then, in 2012, she released a Danish rap EP with Andreas P Bjerring (Intelligent Pushing) as her alter ego, 'FordærvBerg'. The year after that, Mariyah joined the fiesta punk band Patchanka with whom she performed in various European countries, such as France, Germany and The Netherlands. In 2014 Patchanka won a Danish Music Award for best live act. Simultaneously, Mariyah had formed the duo M.E.T.A with Andreas Bjerring. M.E.T.A released an EP in late 2014 and their debut album ‘REBORN’ in 2016. In 2017, M.E.T.A went on a 5 day tour in 5 different Chinese cities, and later in the year they went on a more extensive tour all over China, visiting 23 cities. China couldn’t get enough of Mariyah! Following this tour, Mariyah signed a 3 year contract as a solo artist with REN Productions in Asia. At the age of only 16, Mariyah left everything she knew behind, and found a new identity through her music. Her success as a musician, leading to a promising career as a solo artist, is most likely due to a combination of her visual sense for creating amazing shows and her musical passion, which she brings on stage in her voice and in her very presence. At TEDxOdense 2018, discover the visually stunning electric energy of Mariyah LeBerg. See her other side; the story of how she came to be who she is today.
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