With inviting, optimistic song titles like “Up So High” and a highly anticipated new full length album called Take Me Higher on Innervision Records, vocalist and songwriter Aysha takes her sexy, sensual style = which she dubs “smooth R&B with a jazzy edge” – to the next level, vibing in the studio with a dynamic mix of some of the top artists and producers in contemporary urban jazz to ensure the perfect flow and expression of where she is as an artist and performer in 2015. The soulful, easy – grooving title track, co-written with, produced by and featuring saxophonist Darren Rahn, reflects where Aysha was in her life when she wrote it, making positive changes along her spiritual journey. Its magical sense of uplift is capturing hearts around the world quickly, rising to #3 on the Groove Jazz chart, #4 on the UK Top 30 Soul chart and hitting high on similar charts in Germany and Japan and #6 for the Top 100 songs of 2015. She met Rahn, a consistent genre hit maker as both a solo artist and producer for everyone from Toby Keith, Dave
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hen the two performed at the 201 3 Dubai Jazz Festival. Likewise, “Release Me,” Take Me Higher’s first lead single co-written with and produced by Monty Seward (Howard Hewett, Vanessa Williams, Diana Ross), reached #7 on the UK Top 30 Soul chart. “I was originally going to call the album ‘Released’ because I had broken free of a difficult relationship at the time, but as the project evolved, I felt that everything was transcending to a higher place,” says Aysha. “My lyrics naturally reflect that, and the songs I chose to cover, Christopher Cross’ ‘Sailing,’ Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’ and Atlantic Starr’s ‘Send For Me’ speak to the state of my heart as well. I just wanted to record an eclectic set of songs that felt good, without worrying too much about sticking to a specific genre. It felt good to step outside the box.”
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Testament to Aysha’s expanding presence as a powerhouse artist in the genre is the opportunity she had on Take Me Higher to collaborate with so many of its top artists and producers. In addition to Rahn and Seward, who also helmed and sang on the lush, soulful ballad “Undeniable,” Aysha has tracks with guitarist Steve Oliver (“The Right Thing”), saxophonist Andre Delano (“Up So High”), Carmen Grillo from Tower of Power (“Let’s Get It On,” “All I Want”) and Damon Dae, who sang on and produced the vocals for “You’re The Only One” (with instrumental tracks produced by Sean “Barney” Thomas (Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Freddie Jackson). Special guests include saxman Eric Darius on “Undeniable” and Najee, playing graceful flute on the sensuous funk romance “All I Want,” co-written by Aysha and bassist Darryl Williams.