About Nyanya Mary Wilson-Byrom is Nyanya (Swahili for grandmother) to her two grandsons, Cameron and Tristan Parson and mother of three children, Adam, Bharat (father of the boys) and Lisa Parson. Born and raised in South Carolina, Wilson-Byrom has spent most of her professional life as a manager in the non-profit arena and is an amateur singer with musical and dramatic productions in Africa to her credit. She is a solo vocalist and choir member in her church, Unity Center of Light in Bowie, Maryland. The idea for My Nyanya's Lullabies literally came at 3 a.m. one morning some two years ago, waking her from a sound sleep. She was told to 'write children's lullabies, help them remember their Spirit.' Although she loves to sing, she has had no formal musical training and only a rudimentary knowledge of written music. She recalls that the first 3 songs came in rapid succession one day while in a supermarket following a visit to her grandsons. She heard the melodies (in her head) and called her cell phone to record them, because she realized she would not remember them if she tried to remember them. She then recorded the melodies by listening to her cell phone, and humming the tunes into a tape recorder. Lyrics and titles came next, in much the same way; a thread of an idea or a title and from there the lyrics flowed. She never knew where she would be when the music came, so she began to keep a tape recorder handy, in her car, in her study and wherever she went. Once she embarked upon the quest to follow what she heard that morning, she found herself being led to the people who would help her realize her dream (from vocalist Tammi Griffin, who connected her to the pianist Bob Sykes who transcribed her tapes, and his recommendation of a violinist (Linda Kay Smith, who just happened to be a member of the same church she attended) to accompany the piano and vocals. As these things fell into place, more melodies started to come, as she describes it, 'through her.' In the end, 11 lullabies were completed and recorded on her first CD, My Nyanya's Lullabies. The CD contains a personalized lullaby for her oldest grandson, Cameron, who is now 4 years old and she has written other personalized lullabies, including one for Isaiah, a baby boy who was very ill from cancer but is now recovering. Her second CD will include this lullaby and others and she is working on a collection of sacred songs. A percentage of all CD sales is donated to organizations that support children with HIV/AIDS. She resides with her husband, Sam, in Mitchellville, Maryland.