"Spiritual, socially conscious folk and femme rock..."
-The Jerusalem Post
Ethereal. Enlightening. Medicine for the soul. Aliza Hava (“aLEEza Hah-vuh”) interlaces the elements; earth and sky, fire and water. Her transcendent voice recreates the mystical tone of Stevie Nicks, the raw soul of Janis Joplin, and the energizing strength of Florence Welch.
With her award-winning infusion of folk, rock, pop, and R&B, Aliza heals the tiny forgotten bits of ourselves while rekindling our memories, setting our feet on the path back home and calling us to rise to become our best versions of ourselves. Her latest album, Natural State, explores themes spanning introspection, personal transformation, lost love, and standing in one’s true power.
Featuring songs adorned with a rich tapestry of vocal harmonies, ethereal textures, and rootsy folk-rock, Aliza brings to life a glimmering mosaic of the moments that have shaped who she is at her core. Co-produced by Hava and NY-based multi-instrumentalist Ron Zabrocki, the album was mixed and mastered by LA-based producer Evan Rodaniche and multi-platinum, award-winning producers Toby Wright (Heart, The Wallflowers), Stephen George (Sting, Paul Simon) and Bill Hare (Lindsey Stirling, Pentatonix).
Seeking solace from a difficult home life in the suburbs of New Jersey, Hava turned to music at an early age. Self-taught on a twenty dollar used guitar, she found inspiration in an old songbook in her parent’s basement; Great Songs of the 60s. Fire lit, Hava immersed herself in the history of the 60s. The music, culture, and activism helped her discover her calling for healing and ignited a drive to write songs that could change the world.
While in university studying Music Therapy, Aliza developed a strong inclination towards student activism and discovered a natural gift for concert production and community organizing. She began producing charity concerts featuring local bands for campus organizations like Students for a Free Tibet and NYPIRG. She led drum circles in the infamous “Tripping Fields” behind the college where some of the greatest names in music once played, including the Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. With her college located just thirty miles from the town of Woodstock, Hava soaked up the culture and spirit that continued to permeate the region many decades later. She collaborated with local musicians, pulled all-nighters with her guitar around campfires, and earned herself the nickname, FireMusicFaerie.
After college, Aliza began performing at and co-producing concerts at the United Nations headquarters in NYC. She chaired the UN International Day of Peace NGO Music Committee, producing live concerts on six continents in partnership with over forty civic society, governmental, and environmental organizations. While living part-time in the Middle East, Hava represented UN-related peacebuilding initiatives and worked with Israeli and Palestinian musicians promoting peace and dialogue through music. She went on to produce the internationally livestreamed concert, Harmony in the Holy Land. This extraordinary event united Muslim, Christian, and Jewish musicians in a universal, musical prayer for peace from the heart of Jerusalem. Watching Palestinians and Israelis meet as strangers and part ways as friends, Aliza felt the reaffirmation of her calling to build bridges through the healing power of music.
Throughout her journeys, Aliza has shared bills with world-class artists such as Dr. John, Michael Franti, Matisyahu, and more. She has performed in the U.S., Canada, India, Australia, Jordan, Israel/Palestine, and South Korea and considers her music and work a form of sacred activism.
The original recording of Hava’s song RISE can be heard on Occupy this Album: 99 Songs for the 99% alongside artists such as Ani DiFranco, Jackson Browne, and Warren Haynes. Her music is also on the soundtrack of Sharon Stone’s award-winning documentary, Femme: Women Healing the World, which also features performances by Annie Lennox, Yoko Ono, and Rickie Lee Jones.
Hava is a recipient of the Human Spirit Award presented by the international organization Talent for Humanity, and her story is featured in their book along with seven other internationally acclaimed artist/activists. She is now based in Santa Cruz, CA.
With an inherent message of peace and universal love, Aliza's songs embody the power of music to uplift the mind, body, and soul while staying true to the ongoing practice of reclaiming our Natural State.