A Note From Yaniza

Hey, friends! I'm Yaniza. I sing and play guitar and smile a lot :)

I'm an NYC-based singer-songwriter, Ithaca College graduate, early childhood teacher, YouTuber, Hufflepuff, and Swifty. I've loved singing since I was little and I learned how to play guitar and write songs in high school thanks to Brian Letiecq and my school's music department. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with minors in Counseling and English Literature. I loved college! While I studied Psychology, I was still able to do something music-related every semester, whether it was through a club or through consistently putting up YouTube videos. I loved that all of the grades and deadlines revolved around classwork and the fun revolved around music :)

Now that I have graduated, I am working as a preschool teacher and I'm continuing to play shows in NYC. My first solo performance was at The Bitter End in 2013. Since then, I've played tons of other venues including Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos, The Delancey, The Bowery Electric, and more. I've performed with Disney cover band, The Little Mermen at Irving Plaza and reggae artist, K'reema at B.B. King's. 

My musical influences are Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, dodie, Colbie Caillat, Gabrielle Aplin and The Icarus Account. I love pop music as well as laid back singer-songwriter music. One of my favorite lyrics appears in a song by Passenger that goes "all I need's a whisper in a world that only shouts." This line means so much to me because I feel like it represents my journey as a musician. Everyone loves flashy, over-the-top, loud artists--and don't get me wrong - I love them too! - but sometimes it feels like the quiet singer-songwriters get looked over. Lets show the world that whispers are just as important as shouts :) Thanks for the message, Passenger!

I upload both original and cover songs to YouTube regularly, and I have two original albums on Spotify & iTunes. "Sticks & Stones" (2014) and "Secrets" (2016) are my pride-and-joys! Look out for some new song-babies soon ;)

If I haven't bored you yet, thanks so much for checking out my website! I made it all by myself, which is a big deal cause technology usually works against me. Have fun clicking all the buttons and such! Let's be friends :) <3