Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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Recently nominated for the 2009 Los Angeles Music Awards for Jazz Artist of the Year, Aysha was born in San Jose, California but raised in Santa Barbara, Aysha has a solid history as a performer. For the past eight years she has been building a strong solo career, and independently released her debut CD “Love Is A Rock”. Now Aysha is about to release her 2nd CD "Stay With Me”, Already having 3 tracks of the 8 track EP on major radio, "Stay With Me" has a very strong forecast. This new EP has some very special guests including internationally acclaimed saxophonists Everette Harp and Gerald Albright.
Before going solo, Aysha performed with the female group Girls In The Mix. “Girls” opened for such performers as Zapp w/Roger and WAR. Aysha went on to perform with Ronkat and the Funklectiks featuring Grammy Award nominated writer, Ron Spearman. Eight years ago, Aysha made the move to strike out on her own to pursue her solo career, performing in venues throughout the Los Angeles area. Among these local venues Aysha was invited and performed at the prestigious BB King’s Blues Club.
Aysha has developed a style that will soothe most any soul. Her velvety voice is sultry and smooth with a jazzy edge, and with influences such as Sade, Toni Braxton and Chante Moore, one can only imagine the vibe. Co-writing the majority of her songs, Aysha has been fortunate to work with some very successful producers and arrangers such as Monty Seward (Howard Hewett), Donald Tavié (Lakeside, Norman Connors) and Kevin Dorsey (Michael Jackson), to name a few. One of Aysha’s most current projects included on her CD is a remake of Atlantic Starr’s “Send For Me” arranged by Donald Tavié.
In August 2006, Roc-Life Radio chose Aysha as one of the Top 20 Unsigned New Artists, which airs on Live365.com and in October 2006 she became the 1 Independent Artist on their station. Her songs “Is This Just A Dream” and “Let Me Be The One” now play in rotation on all of their play lists.
I've been here 5 weeks and I got a Paying gig in the village--2 sets--I'm happy. Many, many possible collaborations. I feel at home here...I will give your info to my agent, he has an office in Hong Kong.
That's great to hear. I currently have one of my artist, Garth Ploog co-writing with another songwritier in the USA. They work via skype to combine each others studio. On one of Garth's current original duets, we have a women from California singing with him, his bass player, who is from Australia, and is currently in Las Vegas has contributed as well via the net. It's an amasing medium to share creativity.
Again, Thank you for your music.