Aya is like a gentle wave that came into vision creating a smooth mixture of R&B, world, jazz, bossa nova, and a spice of electronica. Aya is fronted and created by the smooth, sultry vocals of Angelica Y. Arejola, formerly of the ambient pop electronic trio Adherence and the heavy experimental band Barefoot Pimp. Perhaps it was kismet that she stumbled upon remarkably talented musicians of the Cincinnati scene to help fulfill this seductive vision on her first solo mission, playing in local clubs throughout the Cincy area.
Angelica, a.k.a. Aya was very fortunate to have numerous key players guest appear on her very first debut album. In August 2005, she wrapped up her first album with one of Cincinnati's finest musicians Lucky Spaulding www.myspace.com/luckyspaulding in his very own studio, Studio Be. As well as producing the Aya debut CD, Lucky lends his talents on guitars, bass, keyboards & back-ups, on the reggae-inspired love song entitled "Never Thought," with Brian Williamson on drums/percussion and lead guitars.
Aya also features the smooth emotive guitar sounds of Andy Hopkins on the track "Without You. Hopkins is again featured on the track "Stay" on guitars, bass, & saxophone with Williamson on drums and percussion. Also on her debut CD is a track entitled "Castle" which is a collaboration with the band Adherence (Matthew Hatch and Paul Erickson.) This song was featured in the 1999 WOXY 97X Top Twenty Compilation CD. In October of 2005, The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Committee placed the self-titled CD Aya on the official ballot of the 2006 Grammy Awards in 3 Categories: Record of the Year, Best New Artist, and Best Pop Collaboration. At the moment you can catch her playing with the very hypnotic jazz guitarist Jeremy Cotton at various clubs in Cincinnati.