Aya Safiya is a Bay Area born singer, songwriter and violinist. With a hauntingly beautiful voice, Aya captivates her listener and puts her audiences in a spell. She has both a smokiness that elicits a nostalgia of old world folk and blues, and a refreshing sweetness that pays homage to today’s pop.
Surrounded by a family and community of musicians, Aya started her career performing traditional and world music at age 15 at venues such as The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, The Great American Music Hall in SF, and Drom in NYC. Now based in Boston, she has rediscovered her love for songwriting, and has shifted focus to recording her original songs. In 2017 her first single “What Do You Do” was premiered on SF Weekly by Jessie Schiewe. Her debut EP, produced by composer/producer Tano Brock, was released in September of 2018. The songs are lyric heavy with topics ranging from sweet romance to female empowerment. Through her music, Aya hopes to express her truest self and connect with others with shared emotions.
“In her new EP, it's not too difficult to pick out…[her influences]: the eerie melodies of Feist, the powerful choruses of Hozier, the deft lyricism of Lauryn Hill, the folksy harmonies of Gillian Welch.” —Madeline Wells (East Bay Express)
Aya “Safiya's self-titled EP…[features] the simplicity of piano and guitar, creating a minimalist pop project anchored primarily by her smooth, haunting melodies. She lets syllables extend, her voice ringing out with a perfectly clear tone — yet it's often subtly fraught with tension, echoing the relationship ups and downs found in her lyrics. The result is soothing but with an undercurrent of the unsettling.” —Madeline Wells (East Bay Express)
“Listen closely…and you’ll notice Aya Safiya’s numerous singing styles, which range from soft and breathy, to deep and smokey, to high-pitched and saccharine.” —Jessie Schiewe (SF Weekly)