Smooth Saturdays with Aysha

Aysha

Bio: 

AYSHA

Take Me Higher

With inviting, optimistic song titles like “Up So High” and a highly anticipated new full length
album called Take Me Higher on Innervision Records, vocalist and songwriter Aysha takes her
sexy, sensual style = which she dubs “smooth R&B with a jazzy edge” - to the next level, vibing
in the studio with a dynamic mix of some of the top artists and producers in contemporary urban
jazz to ensure the perfect flow and expression of where she is as an artist and performer in 2015.

The soulful, easy-grooving title track, co-written with, produced by and featuring saxophonist
Darren Rahn, reflects where Aysha was in her life when she wrote it, making positive changes
along her spiritual journey. Its magical sense of uplift is capturing hearts around the world
quickly, rising to #3 on the Groove Jazz chart, #4 on the UK Top 30 Soul chart and hitting high
on similar charts in Germany and Japan and #6 for the Top 100 songs of 2015. She met Rahn, a
consistent genre hit maker as both a solo artist and producer for everyone from Toby Keith, Dave
Koz and Wayman Tisdale to Jonathan Butler, Najee and Kirk Whalum, when the two performed
at the 2103 Dubai Jazz Festival. Likewise, “Release Me,” Take Me Higher’s first lead single cowritten
with and produced by Monty Seward (Howard Hewett, Vanessa Williams, Diana Ross),
reached #7 on the UK Top 30 Soul chart.

“I was originally going to call the album ‘Released’ because I had broken free of a difficult
relationship at the time, but as the project evolved, I felt that everything was transcending to a
higher place,” says Aysha. “My lyrics naturally reflect that, and the songs I chose to cover,
Christopher Cross’ ‘Sailing,’ Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’ and Atlantic Starr’s ‘Send For
Me’ speak to the state of my heart as well. I just wanted to record an eclectic set of songs that felt
good, without worrying too much about sticking to a specific genre. It felt good to step outside
the box.”

Testament to Aysha’s expanding presence as a powerhouse artist in the genre is the opportunity
she had on Take Me Higher to collaborate with so many of its top artists and producers. In
addition to Rahn and Seward, who also helmed and sang on the lush, soulful ballad
“Undeniable,” Aysha has tracks with guitarist Steve Oliver (“The Right Thing”), saxophonist
Andre Delano (“Up So High”), Carmen Grillo from Tower of Power (“Let’s Get It On,” “All I
Want”) and Damon Dae, who sang on and produced the vocals for “You’re The Only One” (with
instrumental tracks produced by Sean “Barney” Thomas (Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Freddie
Jackson). Special guests include saxman Eric Darius on “Undeniable” and Najee, playing
graceful flute on the sensuous funk romance “All I Want,” co-written by Aysha and bassist
Darryl Williams.

Another driving reason for Aysha’s wild optimism on Take Me Higher is the exciting career
momentum she brings to the project, in addition to the success of the two lead singles. She was
nominated in 2009 and 2010 for Jazz Artist of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards, and
her popular 2010 EP Stay With Me, the singer’s follow-up to her 2006 debut Love Is a Rock,
earned her Jazz Album of the year honors. She has established herself in the urban jazz realm in
a variety of ways, from concert and festival performances to launching her own jazz radio show,
Smooth Saturdays with Aysha, formerly on Urban Soul Radio and now on LA Talk Radio.

Over the past few years, Aysha has shared the stage with top instrumental stars Najee, Blake
Aaron, Marion Meadows, Paul Brown and Everette Harp, and opened for Greg Adams (Tower of
Power) and his East Bay Soul band at 94.7 The Wave’s Thursday night VIBE series in
Hollywood, CA. In June 2012, Aysha shared the stage with R&B sensation, Monica and Lloyd at
the Wortham Center’s Brown Theatre in Houston, TX and with Gerald Albright and Norman
Brown in San Diego at Humphreys by the Bay for Jazz It Up 2012, a benefit for homeless
women and children. The singer also formed the super group “The Soul Seduction Tour”
featuring Seward (keyboards/vocals), guitarist JJ Sansaverino, saxophonist Will Donato, bassist
Darryl Williams and drummer Tony Moore. The successful tour included a performance at the
Newport Beach Jazz Festival.

Some of Aysha’s past performance dates included singing the opening song for the Amazing
Grace Gospel Fest at the Nokia Theatre at LA Live for a house of 7,000 people, Spaghettini in
Seal Beach, CA, The Soiled Dove in Denver, CO and the Brown Theatre in the Wortham Center
in Houston, TX. In May 2015, she held her CD Release party for Take Me Higher at “The ESpot,”
Sheila E’s new Latin/R&B club in Studio City, CA.

Aysha is also becoming a multi-media star thanks to the success of her internet radio show
“Smooth Saturdays with Aysha,” which airs live from 10-12 Saturday mornings on LA Talk
Radio. When she launched in September 2014, the show mostly featured up and coming artists
as guests, but she’s slowly added stars and established artists to the mix with Everette Harp,
Howard Hewett, Paul Brown, Najee, Peter White, Keiko Matsui, Jessy J, Blake Aaron, Will
Donato, DW3, Nils, U-Nam, Shannon Kennedy, Jackiem Joyner, Tony Exum, Jr., Greg Manning
and Selina Albright. The show includes interviews and live performances with the guests; one of
the most notable shows was the five hour holiday special Aysha hosted last Christmas. Aysha
had been a guest on the network’s other shows before being presented with this incredible
opportunity.

“I love meeting new people and getting the chance to talk to my favorite artists face to face and
perform with them in this kind of intimate setting,” Aysha says. “I enjoy learning about their
individual journeys and about their process of creating music that brings enjoyment to so many
people. As I’ve grown myself as an artist, I appreciate the details that go into that process so
much more. It’s always exciting to start writing songs and experience the hard work and joy that
is part of watching a project come to fruition. I love recording and performing equally. It’s really
wonderful to have the opportunity to share my music with so many people and work with such
high caliber musicians and producers. To riff a little on the title, I’m glad to be able to take
everyone a little higher with this new album.”

Show Time: 
Saturday 10:00AM - 11:59AM
(PST)
Show Description: 

Smooth R&B and Jazz with live interviews and performances every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month.

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