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Patricia Bahia / Bio

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and ovarian cancer survivor Patricia Bahia (pronounced ba-HEE-yah) combines elements of current pop, traditional singer-songwriter, with soulful hints of country, and folk, to create gems of sparkling piano-based pop songs. She blends catchy melodies with lyrics celebrating life’s struggles and triumphs, and delivers them with a voice as smooth as a polished stone that has been through the rock tumbler of life. Her songwriting and clear vocals draw comparisons to Ingrid Michaelson, Aimee Mann, Sara Bareilles and Joni Mitchell, but Patricia Bahia cuts a singular path with a uniquely soothing, refreshing and memorable sound that is all her own.

Patricia is currently in the studio with producer Jon Hayes working on her sophomore release, a full length CD, which features guest appearances from guitarist Takeshi Akimoto (Ziggy Marley Band), pianist David Joyce (Natalie Cole, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello, Wynonna), bassist Joe Ayoub, (Liz Phair, Enrique Iglesias), drummer Kevin Hayes (Robert Cray) and drummer Tal Bergman (Chaka Khan, Billy Idol, Joe Zawinul), cellist Jessica Catron, as well as a “Playing for Change” style children’s choir recorded in Los Angeles and Oakland.

Patricia’s debut EP "The Long Road Home" (2010) also produced by Jon Hayes, is best described as a musical cross-country road trip. Just as long stretches of open highway provide us with much-needed time for reflection, the softly shifting landscape of Patricia's thoughtfully-crafted songs allows the listener space to connect with her intelligent lyrics and pop arrangements that range from cheerful to tender, from joyous to melancholy.

A former jazz and gospel singer, Patricia started her career as a soloist with the acclaimed Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir--recording with Linda Ronstadt, performing with Joan Baez, and opening for Bonnie Raitt. Patricia discovered her “bucket list” desire to write songs during a successful battle with ovarian cancer eleven years ago. She credits her illness with the discovery of her songwriting voice, and the power of music with her recovery.

"In the process of healing, I discovered my voice as a songwriter. Music was a huge part of my recovery, and it saves my life every day," says Patricia.

Her music resonates with cancer survivors and regular folks alike, who find inspiration, solace, and hope through her catchy melodies, expressive voice and soulful lyrics.

Now healed, Patricia is on a mission to spread love, healing, joy and peace through the power of words and music--and to inspire others to follow their dreams and live artistically.

Patricia’s music is available at: iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon.com
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/long-road-home-ep/id407167331
CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/patriciabahia
Amazon.com: search amazon mp3s for patricia bahia

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....wow. Fantastic writer and singer...I am expecting you to have a lot of success! --TAXI.com

Creative and beautiful songs. I really love it. It's some of the best new music I've heard in a very long time.
--Carol Bernotas, radio show host, 91.9 WNTI Hackettstown, NJ, and on www.wnti.org.

I fell in love with Patricia’s music when I first heard it. A cancer survivor, Patricia has turned her struggles and triumphs into truly memorable songs that are perfect for placement in television, movies and commercials. The title track is one of her best, and coupled with her musical talents, exemplifies what indie music is all about. She also gives a great live performance - check her out the next time she's performing.
--Examiner.com “Top 10 Indie/Unsigned EP’s of 2011” review by Robert Leggett

I’m listening to Long Road Home and really enjoying it. . .infectious, catchy. . . beautiful vocal performance. . .atmospheric, well-crafted. . .very nicely done.
--Robin Frederick, best selling author of Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting and Shortcuts to
Songwriting for Film & TV, review of Long Road Home CD.

I love your voice. It’s just beautiful. You’d given me your CD Long Road Home . . .and I finally got around to listening recently…and wow, I’m enthralled. I hope you know how beautiful you are and talented. Thanks for putting it into the world. You are the REAL thing.
--Tama Kieves, Writer and Speaker (Author of “This Time I Dance,” and “Inspired and Unstoppable”)

Patricia Bahia's CD is beautifully sung and impeccably produced. Her songs are graceful, triumphant and totally commercial in their polish and sparkle. She writes and sings masterfully in a variety of styles - country, pop and gospel - to get her message across: that life, despite its ups and downs...No, because of its ups and downs, is worth living. This is contemporary, adult popular music that would enhance a movie, a top notch TV show or the album of a savvy artist. Well done!
--Amazon.com review by Mark Wheaton, Echo Park, CA

Every song on this EP is well crafted, well produced and well worth listening to.
--Jai Josefs, hit songwriter and author

This eclectic collection is for anyone who appreciates a multi-faceted vocalist. Ms. Bahia has created a soulful and thought-provoking body of work that is perfect for anyone needing to be uplifted in these trying times. Hope, peace, love, romance....it doesn't get any better than this. Her voice beautifully captures the spirit of the lyrics. "What Are The Chances" could bring the grumpiest curmudgeon out of a funk, with it's snappy, infectious lyrics and catchy tune. Definitely buy this collection if you are jonesing for the long-lost art of intelligent-yet-fun music.
--iTunes review by Kenya Aissa

General Info

Band Members
Patricia Bahia-vocals and keys; Jon Hayes--guitars, bass, programming, engineering, vocals; Amy Lou Palmer--live percussion; Tal Bergman--drums and percussion
Artist Name
Patricia Bahia
Home Page
Active Since
Pop / Singer/Songwriter / Electroacoustic

Contact Info

Santa Monica, CA

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