"Spiritual, socially conscious folk and femme rock..." -The Jerusalem Post
Aliza Hava is an award-winning singer/songwriter who sings truth to power. Alchemizing a blend of folk, rock, R&B, and pop, her dynamic voice and thoughtful lyrics create a sound that is both rootsy and etheric. Influenced by legends like Stevie Nicks, Janis Joplin, and Aretha Franklin, she’s a powerfully expressive vocalist who can soulfully ease between husky rawness and tender balladeering, creating a unique signature aesthetic.
Her new album, Natural State, explores themes spanning from personal growth and transformation to love, heartbreak and standing in one’s own true power. It features ten original songs adorned with a rich tapestry of vocal harmonies, ethereal textures, and simmering R&B-tinged grooves. Co-produced by Hava and multi-instrumentalist Ron Zabrocki, the album was 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).
Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in the suburbs of NJ, Hava first began writing songs at the age of 9. She had a difficult home life and discovered solace in music. By 12, she was picking out melodies on the piano and at 15 bought a used acoustic guitar for $20 bucks and started teaching herself to play. Soon after, she found the songbook “Great Songs of the 60s” in her parents' basement along with hundreds of the greatest classic rock, soul, and folk albums of all time on vinyl, which she voraciously immersed herself in. Inspired by the music, activism, and culture of the 60s and early 70s, Hava began to find her voice and to write songs about healing and changing the world. On her 2017 EP, Songs for Social Change, her lyrics examine humanitarian issues and personal revelation with purposeful, fiery, and thought-provoking words informed by years of activism in peacebuilding and environmental movements.
During her junior year of high school, Hava teamed up with her biology teacher to produce the school’s first ever Earth Day concert. While applying to college, she discovered a Music Therapy program in New Paltz, NY and studied the healing power of music for several years before graduating with a degree in Music Theory & Composition. While in university, she developed a strong inclination towards student activism and discovered a natural gift for concert production and community organizing.
As she found a place to channel her talents, Hava’s activism and music became inseparable. She began performing at and co-producing concerts at the United Nations headquarters in NYC, and chaired the UN International Day of Peace NGO's Music Committee, producing live concerts on six continents in partnership with over 40 civic society, governmental, and environmental organizations. She has been a representative for several UN-related peacebuilding initiatives and lived part-time in the Middle East, working with Israeli and Palestinian musicians promoting peace and dialogue through music. While living there, she produced an internationally livestreamed concert entitled Harmony in the Holy Land that united Muslim, Christian, and Jewish musicians in a universal, musical prayer for peace from the heart of Jerusalem in partnership with several local and international peacebuilding organizations.
Over the years, Aliza has toured internationally, sharing bills with world-class artists such as Dr. John, Michael Franti, Matisyahu, Woodstock legend Richie Havens, Jefferson Starship, and more. An early recording of her song RISE can be heard on “Occupy this Album: 99 Songs for the 99%” alongside artist/activists 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, alongside 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 alongside seven other internationally acclaimed artist/activists. 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.
With an inherent message of peace and universal love, Aliza's songs embody the power of music to heal the mind, body, and soul while staying true to the ongoing practice of reclaiming our natural state.