Arya is an Italo-Venezuelan singer and songwriter. Daughter of Orlando Watussi, a well-known Venezuelan salsa singer, she started singing when she was very young.
In 2018 she starts working with Atelier 71, an independent collective and music label based in Milan.
Her style is warm and smooth, her lyrics are introspective and reflexive; she freely moves between nu soul and rap, hip hop and r’n b.
In 2021 her debut album, Peace of Mind, comes out, gaining much success both from the critics (Rockol, I-D Italy, DLSO, Rockit, Radio Capital, Radio Bertallot) and the public.
She’s part of the 2022 Keychange cohort and took part in international festivals like New Skool Rules (Rotterdam, Holland) and Breakout West (Calgary, Candada).
Her latest single, Por amor de mi vida, marks the beginning of a new chapter of her musical journey, as she took her origins and roots into her own hands.
She also lends her voice as backing vocalist for Italian artists Mahmood, Venerus and Ghemon.

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Events featuring Arya

Mar 16, 2023
8:00pm — 8:40pm
Presented by
Italia Music Export
Milan, ITALY
Neo Soul
Professional Connections
Arya is seeking the following:
  • Label
  • Management
  • Brand Partnership
  • Distribution - Worldwide
  • Other Artists to Tour With
  • Booking Agent - Worldwide
  • PR/Publicity Agency
  • Publishing
  • Sync/Music Supervisors