Ayla Rose’s voice has been described as having a depth and richness that brings a high level of appeal to her listeners. This 17-year-old indie artist has been exposed to her music journalist father’s diverse music collection since birth: his albums spanning soul, jazz, blues, Western swing, klezmer, reggae, and an array of other styles. She enjoys singing in different languages, and also plays several instruments by ear.
Ayla Rose began using syllables to sing children’s tunes with perfect pitch around the time of her first birthday. Two years later, she memorized the script, score, and choreography of the original 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, performing them frequently at home. She started crafting songs on her guitar when she was nine.
In 2014, Ayla Rose released her first original song, “How I Love You So,” which she composed in her early teens. In the beginning of 2016 she recorded a cover of Tracy Chapman’s hit song “Give Me One Reason,” accompanied by 18-year-old guitarist Tyler Morris and veterans Kevin Barry on rhythm guitar, Jesse Williams on bass, and Dave Mattacks on drums. (See musician bios page for more information.)
Her disparate passions for creating music and art, studying cultures and languages, and participating in community volunteer work are deeply connected by her sense of justice and her caring for humanity and the planet. Ayla Rose hopes to be able to use her voice as a healing modality for others.