Cataleya Fay’s music and lyrics definitely have a unique quality to them that sets her apart.
She tried different genres – electronic music, rock, experimental pop, world music, mantra and kirtan – and sang in a gospel choir, but she has always been most attracted to the tradition of the singer-songwriter, which is all about expressing personal thoughts, feelings, experiences and observations.
Her music is about luck, love, joy, inspiration and freedom – about the feeling of deep peace in your heart because you’re doing something that you love, using your individual talents for living a life that touches and matters.
In the last few years, Cataleya Fay has worked with many great musicians from different backgrounds. She was co-founder, singer and songwriter of the experimental pop group Skyside. Another project was her collaboration with the world music group Kalan, where she also sang and wrote songs. Time and again she has been guest singer for different artists on stage and on their albums. Cataleya has also worked as a singer for several theatre, dance and advertising productions.
Once, on her birthday, she bought herself a piano, making an old dream of hers come true. She learned to play it without any formal instruction. A friend showed her some chords and from that time on she taught herself. For the first time, she was able to give voice and melody to her poems. Later on, she added the guitar and the harmonium.
Her deep love for singing and music has always accompanied her since she was a little child, but it was only much later that she finally made the decision to work as a singer, composer and musician, to record and play her own music.
Before she decided to commit herself wholeheartedly to music, she completed several training programmes in dancing, dance education, yoga and Pilates. For more than ten years, she worked as a teacher in these fields.
Cataleya Fay spent one and a half years living in an ashram, where she got to know bhakti yoga. The most intense experience for her were the overwhelmingly strong and beautiful vibrations that arose when people sang and made music together in a positive spirit. The wonderful, palpable effect of it fascinated and at the same time touched her deeply.
Cataleya Fay firmly believes that music has the power to touch and to inspire people. Her wish is to enliven something deep inside, to create delightful vibrations that convey feelings of joy, love, peace and courage for a world with more love and more freedom.