Aliza Hava is an award-winning singer/songwriter whose dynamic voice and driving rhythms create a unique signature aesthetic. Throughout her career, she’s alchemized a melding of folk, rock, R&B, and pop with literate and emotionally resonant lyrics. She’s a powerfully expressive vocalist who can soulfully ease between husky rawness and tender balladeering. Her new album, Natural State (released Feb. 27th), is adorned with a rich tapestry of vocal harmonies, ethereal textures, and simmering R&B-tinged grooves. It features ten original songs co-produced by Hava and Ron Zabrocki (Guitar World blogger, multi-instrumentalist), and is mixed and mastered by Evan Rodaniche and multi-platinum, award-winning producers Toby Wright (Heart, The Wallflowers), Stephen George (Sting, Paul Simon) and Bill Hare (Lindsey Stirling, Pentatonix). Hear it at smarturl.it/naturalstate.
Music became her refuge early on and in her early teens she began studying piano, which, until then, she’d been teaching herself to play by ear. By 15, she began teaching herself to play guitar while accompanying herself singing. Inspired by the music and activism of the 60s and early 70s, Hava started writing songs about personal healing and changing the world. While applying to college, she discovered a Music Therapy program in New Paltz, NY and studied there for several years before graduating with a degree in Music Theory & Composition. While attending university, she developed a strong inclination towards student activism and discovered a natural gift for concert production.
Simultaneously, her songwriting and performing became politically/socially charged and, as she found a place to channel her talents, her activism and music became inseparable. She has performed at the United Nations, and in 2012, chaired the United Nations International Day of Peace NGO's Music Committee to produce live concerts on six continents. She has also lived and produced concerts for peace in the Middle East with Israeli and Palestinian musicians for peace.
Over the years, Aliza has shared bills with world-class artists such as Dr. John, Richie Havens, and Michael Franti. Her songs have appeared on a compilation alongside luminaries such as Jackson Browne, Ani DiFranco, and Lucinda Williams. As a firebrand indie artist-entrepreneur, she is also the Founder & CEO of Musician's BASS, an award-winning, early-stage music-tech startup providing business management tools for independent artists. Learn more at musiciansbass.com.