"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 -
Ayla is a multi-lingual ‘world folk’ singer-songwriter and a visionary musical artist weaving together a stunning repertoire of original poetic songs with traditional and tribal music from across South and North America.
With a growing international presence she has become known as 'A voice of Mother Earth' and is a powerful voice in the world of ‘Ceremonial/medicine music’ and the rising global community of people who are committed to residing in harmony with the Earth. Ayla’s music has taken her around the world with her live performances that provide a sacred, intimate, heart-opening space for all who are present. This artist sings the song of the spirit and embodies the tales she tells, expressing a music that reverberates with deep heart, wisdom and soul. To experience the essence of this young songstress is to be taken down a musical journey that ultimately leads us back to the very core of our own inner existence.
Writing songs from the age 16 her first collaboration was with Ben Howard. 2010 saw the birth of folk-soul duo ‘Susie Ro and Ayla’ who became a well-known name across the UK festival scene with their album ‘She and I’.
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 studying with many indigenous traditions and learning about the healing power of song. This deep soul quest unveiled a new depth and honesty, inspiring her compositions to express the beauty, shadow and rawness of this human experience woven with a passionate dedication to earth consciousness and the sacred ancient wisdoms.
In 2017 Ayla co-produced and released her Debut Album ‘Dive into water’. The album reveals an authentic and heartfelt journey of light, courage, depth, and truth. The crystalline purity of her angelic voice is held intimately by a vivid soundscape of an eclectic array of instruments. The track ‘Vuela con el Viento’ caught the wind of many hearts and has been broadcast globally with over 6 million listens on YouTube.
Ayla draws upon a deep well of love and respect for the Earth and the Spirit of all Life. A passionate carrier of traditional songs and indigenous wisdom with a vision to inspire others to find their soul expression, inner guidance and earth ancestral connection using the power of sound and voice. She expresses her vision through her music, spiritual ceremonies, Workshops/Retreats, Women’s ‘Womb initiation’ work, one -to-one voice coaching, Drum Reiki, Sound Healing and Cacao ceremonies.
"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"
‘May she be heard by all those really willing to listen to their heart's call, rekindling a return to sharing with and healing each other and a listening for the rhythm of the living Mother beneath our feet.'