Ayla Schafer is a multi-lingual folk singer-songwriter weaving together a stunning repertoire of original poetic songs. Her new Txai Fernando - produced album Silent Voices was released on 20th November 2020 via Nixi Music.
With a growing international presence, Ayla has become known for combining the worlds of folk music with ceremonial / medicine music, a movement with a growing community dedicated to the healing power of song. The turning point in Ayla’s musical expression took place six years ago when she went travelling in South America. The years she spent away from her home shook her world and reshaped her writing as she explored the mystery of the inner landscape whilst learning with many indigenous traditions. This unveiled a new depth and honesty, inspiring her compositions to express the beauty and rawness of the human experience.
Silent Voices echoes this: a moving, intricate folk record that combines musical elements from contrasting parts of the world but carries a message about inclusivity and introspection. An album title that is especially relevant for the challenging times we all face, calling for cultures to be more aligned on issues we encounter as a species and the environment we live in.
Silent Voices is the follow-up to Ayla’s 2017-released, co-produced debut Dive into Water, a record that looks to tap into an authentic and heartfelt journey of light, courage, depth, and truth. The purity of her voice is held intimately by a vivid soundscape of an eclectic array of instruments, with the album’s lead track ‘Vuela Con El Viento’ spread globally with over 10 million listens on YouTube.
In addition to her album releases, working alongside organisations protecting the Amazon Rainforest, Ayla released the single ‘Music Plants Trees’ and the ‘Music plants Trees’ Remix (Featuring Chris Paradox) with Agami Records in 2020 giving 100% of profits to tree planting projects. She is also leading the way in ‘Artivism’ with the campaign ‘Music Plants Trees’; the vision and mission to help reforest the world through music and support social and environmental causes through art.
Hugo Simpson, Evil Twin PR
'The wisdom of Mother Earth is clearly channeling through Schafer, and just as our mother is, this music is also stunning.' -Chalked up Reviews
'This soulful songstress will astound you with her exquisite vocal prowess and captivating presence. A deeply evocative sound that enchants and inspires beauty’
– Ben Howard, Island Records -
Women's work - womb Song
Voice Coach- 'Song of the Soul' Workshops and Retreats
I sow these song seeds with a vision that we remember who we are and why we came here. To inspire us to have the courage to find the light that is born from the dark and the treasure found in the depths of our souls inner ocean. That we may trust ourselves to feel deeper as we listen to our inner wisdom and the guidance of the Earth in this beautiful emerging of these times.