“One of the most poignant voices currently floating about… Ayla Nereo is an otherworldly artist who shares the fruits of her soul.”
— The Huffington Post
“[Ayla’s] relationship with the earth is imprinted in her music… expansive and intriguing.” ~ Billboard
Ayla Nereo is a beacon of light, a modern bard of beauty, a magical creature singing directly from her soul. With poetry splashing like dazzling paint across a canvas of sound, Ayla builds layer upon layer of vocal melodies into majestic loop-pedal harmonies, weaving syncopated threads of guitar, kalimba, piano, and percussion into her live performances. Calling us to listen deeper, her songs are elegant masterpieces of lucid storytelling, with lyrics ringing as anthems, riddles, and mantras for hope, healing, and love. With an uncanny ability to disarm and crack open the heart, Ayla sings for the depth of our humanness, for a truth beyond time and place, and for the pure wonder of life itself.
Raised on Bob Dylan, opera, classical music, and ABBA, Ayla’s music touches both the timeless and modern. Vocally and lyrically often compared to Joni Mitchell, her arrangements and stage presence lean into something more modern and fierce, an authenticity and innocence closer to Aurora or Imogen Heap. Dancing her own songs on stage as she sings them, her movement and presence gives the audience a permission to be wild, real, vulnerable, and alive. Though Ayla’s vocal melodies, timeless lyrics, and fingerpicking guitar songs harken back to an earlier era, she always rides the line between genres, weaving in live vocal looping, beats and percussion, orchestral string arrangements, celtic melodies, and even dashes of hip-hop wordplay, so that her songwriting and sound ultimately cannot be compared to anyone else.
Every performance Ayla gives is its own inspired journey; an enchanting and poignant experience that holds you by the heart and doesn’t let go.