A Review from Rob Seddon in Portugal via Facebook
"I have the EP 'Stay With Me' and - it IS GOOD with a capital 'G'. The title track sets the mood for what is to follow. 'Stay With Me' has that unique sound that only the best singers can achieve - that 'feel good factor' and the song is given that added touch of class by the sultry saxophone playing of Everette Harp. That lifts the song onto a high level many strive to reach but few achieve. 'Keep On Loving Me' is the type of song that makes you sit up and listen, spellbound, speechless - and wanting more of the same - and Aysha delivers it with ‘Is This Just A Dream’ and ‘I Remember Your Love’, both songs slow down the tempo somewhat but this move is not out of place, especially when the carnival atmosphere of 'Dreamin' arrives, aided and abetted by the brilliant saxophone playing of Gerald Albright. In fact, all of the musicians deserve a special mention - simply because without them, we would not be able to hear the sheer quality of the songwriting, arrangements and Aysha's vocal talent.
This EP compares with the best - and leaves them behind by far! Radio stations playing this type of music are few and far between here in Portugal - they really don't know what they are missing out on! Aysha is THE new Soul of Smooth Jazz and she is here to stay!"
A Review from Smooth Jazz Therapy
Aysha - Stay With Me
Jazz and R&B vocalist Aysha is back. Her brand new EP ‘Stay With Me’ was released on August 24 and comes as a welcome follow up to the 2006 debut CD, ‘Love Is A Rock’, from which the tracks ‘Honey’, ‘Is This Just a Dream’ and her rendition of the Atlantic Starr 1991 R&B top twenty-five hit, ‘Send For Me’ all found a way to adult urban contemporary internet radio. Produced by the legendary Monty Seward, whose credits include work with The Jacksons, James Ingram and Howard Hewett, ‘Stay With Me’ is a tight and extremely personal five track collection of original music that includes notable input from smooth jazz superstars Everette Harp and Gerald Albright.
On the scene since 1999, Aysha was recently nominated as Jazz Artist of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards. Her style has elements of Toni Braxton, Phyllis Hyman, Chante Moore and, most significantly, Sade whose influence is front back and centre of the sultry yet compelling ‘Keep On Loving Me’. The song has a hypnotic quality that is precious while elsewhere the tight rhythmic ‘Is This Just A Dream’ provides the perfect platform for Aysha’s soulful vocals.
She notches down the tempo for the romantically inclined ‘I Remember Your Love’ but the intensity is quickly restored with the spicy, Latin infused ‘Dreamin’ which, courtesy of tremendous sax from Gerald Albright, is right up there with the album’s best.
However, that said, a real Smooth Jazz Therapy favorite is the sumptuous title cut. Mid tempo and delightful, it is blessed by superb sax from Everette Harp and has ‘radio ready’ written all over it.
Indeed, with three of the five choice tunes already garnering airplay on Broadcast Architecture's Smooth Jazz Network there seems little doubt that Aysha is here to stay.
September 05, 2010 in CD Reviews | Permalink
A Review from The Urban Music Scene
Aysha – Stay With Me
(Advance review - EP to be released Aug. 24th, 2010)
As the music industry is synching more with the digital age, many promising musicians are packaging their musical wares on Myspace, Facebook and whatever cost effective methods they can take advantage of. While pursuing a solo career, Aysha took full advantage of those avenues while investing time to become a savvy businesswoman and well-rounded artist. Her constantly active personality absolutely fits her namesake (Aysha is African for life). Though she did not have the luxury of growing up in a musical family, she found a way to breakthrough to the professional rankings. Her humble beginnings began with the cover band Destination, which had a faithful local following in her hometown of Santa Barbara, California. Then she joined the self-contained vocal quintet Girls In The Mix, who had in hand in writing all their material and choreographing their stage shows. One of their career highlights was opening for several well-known urban hitmakers including Roger Troutman & Zapp. Yet the talent scouts that scoped GITM’s shows noticed something specifically special in Aysha.
Ina very eventful decade for Aysha between 1999 & 2009, it was shear determination and her regular gigs throughout the greater Los Angeles area that garnered her a nomination for Jazz Artist of the Year at the 2009 Los Angeles Music Awards. And there were plenty of learning curves on the long solo road; developing a thick through bad business lessons learned, researching on the internet whom she would collaborate with and probing musicians on how to effectively produce her own music. After learning all the aspects of recording herself, Aysha released her debut Love Is a Rock in 2006. Several tracks – “Honey,” “Is This Just a Dream” and the Atlantic Starr 1991 R&B top twenty-five hit, “Send For Me” - were spotlighted on adult urban contemporary internet radio. Several independent music magazines and non-internet radio outlets also zeroed in on this sultry R&B/jazz singer/songwriter, who has drawn comparisons to Chante Moore, Toni Braxton and Sade (whom Aysha considers her biggest influence). Representing the true independent music star,Aysha still balances a ‘day’ job while perfecting her music and business tools. As the CEO of KLW Records, which released her 2006 debut and her new EP - Stay With Me, she now mentors future independent artists to equip themselves in knowing the ropes of the business they call show.
On Stay With Me, Aysha once again shapes her soothing alto voice into familiar old-school adult urban contemporary territory with songs about mature love. The disc is all too short at five tracks plus three radio edits. Both guest saxophonists - contemporary jazz giants Everette Harp and Gerald Albright - pull more than their weight; Harp lending soft soulfulfinesse on the title track and Albright tearing it up every which way on the Latin-spiced, “Dreamin.’ “Keep on Loving Me” might as well be a tribute to Sade with its ethereal tones and jazzy harmonies. A reprise from Love Is a Rock, the smooth groove driven “Is This Just a Dream,” is vocally hypnotizing from the get go. Only “I Remember Your Love” lacks the musical luster of Stay With Me’s other four tracks.
While Stay With Me does not stretch beyond a typical R&B/jazz project, Aysha’s sharp vocal phrasing and the supporting musicians serve up a pleasurable listening experience. LikeLove Is a Rock, several like-minded adult urban radio stations are embracing Stay With Me for justified reason. And despite the economic hard times that frustrate the music industry in several areas, even four years between releases for gifted talents such as Aysha, who is full of musical life in everything she sings, is still too long a waiting period.
The Urban Music Scene
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