Mya Byrne

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Mya Byrne (previously Jeremiah Birnbaum) is a singer/songwriter falling mostly in the Americana vein; in press her music has also been described as a combination of folk, blues, country, and compared to such artists as Sheryl Crow, Mark Kozelek, John Mayer, Johnny Cash, Nick Drake, The Band, The E Street Band, Jim Croce and Van Morrison. Byrne currently resides in New York and is often seen performing solo or with various bands of friends. She tours often with fellow songwriters including Kara Kulpa, Shelley Miller, and Bethel Steele.

On May 31, 2014, on her personal Facebook page, she came out as transgender, announcing her name as Mya Byrne and her pronouns as she/her.[1]

Byrne, born 1 March 1978 in Boston, moved to Maplewood, New Jersey in 1983. taking up guitar at age ten and started writing her own songs at seventeen, in 1995.

In 1999, she moved to Boston to study audio engineering at Berklee College of Music. In 2001, Byrne moved to London where she worked in a recording studio and studied musicology at City University, London. Birnbaum relocated to New York City and attended the New School. She graduated in 2003 having studied literature and western philosophy.

In 2004, Byrne independently released her debut EP, Dawn. She was a pre-finalist for the new song competition at the 2004 Newport Folk Festival, and was the recipient of a PLUS Award from ASCAP in 2004, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014. In April 2014 Byrne was chosen to perform at the prestigious Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference held in Chatham, New Jersey.[2]

Byrne has opened for such acts as Steve Forbert, Railroad Earth, Jack Hardy, Greensky Bluegrass, and Suzanne Vega. Byrne was the longtime host of a popular weekly open mike at Micky's Blue Room and later Banjo Jim's in Alphabet City. She often plays lead guitar and mandolin for other artists on the New York scene, and was the lead guitarist in the Late Night band at Rockwood Music Hall from 2007-2009, performing weekly for most of its 18-month residency.

Byrne has toured North America extensively. She released her first full-length album with The Ramblers in June 2008, recorded with David Immergluck of Counting Crows on additional lead guitar. In 2008, The Ramblers were the opening act for Levon Helm of The Band, at the Midnight Ramble in Woodstock, New York in June, and again at the Woodstock Playhouse that September.

In April 2010, The Ramblers released their second CD at Joe's Pub.

In September 2010, Byrne played lead guitar with Kent Burnside, grandson of R.L. Burnside, at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago. The Ramblers also headlined Mercury Lounge that month.

In October 2010, The Ramblers showcased at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City, where they were noted as "Artists To Watch" by The Jazz Lawyer blog. http://www.thejazzlawyer.com/2010/10/29/cmj-2010-five-artists-to-watch/

In July 2011, The Ramblers opened for Heartless Bastards at Mercury Lounge. Later that summer they appeared at the Great South Bay and Port Jefferson Music Festivals.

In January 2012, Byrne was the co-director for the Beatles Complete on Ukelele Festival at Brooklyn Bowl, alongside festival founder, producer Roger Greenawalt, as well as that March at South By Southwest.

In February 2012, Byrne suffered a vocal hemorrhage, necessitating months of recovery and surgery under the hands of Steven M. Zeitels, MD. By August she had recovered enough to begin touring again behind her first solo acoustic record, Lucky (as Jeremiah Birnbaum), and subsequently appeared as a feature artist on John Platt's show on WFUV. The album reached #31 on the Roots Music Report charts for NY-based artists by January 2013.

In 2012 Byrne became endorsed by D'Addario Strings.

In 2014, Byrne was chosen to compete in the WNYC "Battle of the Boroughs".

Byrne studied ballet as a child. She is the grandchild of Philip H. Sechzer, M.D., inventor of patient-controlled analgesia.

She plays guitar and sings for the music duo Burnboom with Maddy Boom.

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http://www.citybeat.com/2006-09-20/cover4.shtml

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http://www.daddario.com/DaddarioArtistDetails.Page?ActiveID=3777&ArtistId=45185&sid=71f25c25-0b6a-44fd-a963-f646645d1180

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