Bio Ayla Stackhouse
Ayla is a 17 year old vocal phenomenon whose skills and accomplishments continue to mount and are without limit. Born in Detroit, Ayla began professional training on the piano at 8. She has been taking vocal lessons since she was 5, and plays the piano, guitar, clarinet and cello.
In February of 2013 Ayla was part of the cast in the Carol Burnett Awards Tribute at the El Capitan Theatre. She also won the Hollywood Rotary Music local contest, and went on to win the Rotary District 5280 contest in March. She was invited to perform for the district in Santa Barbara on May 4, 2013 and received a standing ovation for her resounding rendition of “The Girl in 14G.” In November of last year, Ayla played a principal role in the Hollywood High School of Performing Arts production of “Play it Again, Sam.”
In 2008, at 12 she flew to California to live with her aunt and pursue her dream. In 2009 she was invited to sing opera with Italian stars Fracesco Attesti and Annika Kaschenz, at Harmony Magnet Academy in Strathmore, an event sponsored by Rotary. Later that year she did a Pop/R&B show as the featured artist, did melody of Broadway tunes, and did a jazz set in Encino, California, that had the audience on its feet. In 2010 officials from the city of Philadelphia flew Ayla in to perform at the Jazz Journey Institute.
“Ear Candy” was written by songwriter Gregory Coleman and produced by Kevin “Kirv” Irvin, one of Hollywood’s top producers. Her “Ear Candy” video, which was produced and directed by former Hollywood producer Glenn Foster, is currently showing on YouTube.
In 2012, during her multi-city tour, Ayla traveled across the U.S. from California and Nevada to Texas, Louisiana and Detroit, Michigan to perform and promote her hit single “Ear Candy.” She was featured on CBS, NBC and ABC news programs. She performed for schools and afterschool programs in Reno, NV, Bakersfield, CA and Detroit, MI, garnering hundreds of new fans.
A caring person who is deeply altruistic, she annually lends her talents to City Of Hope to help raise money for cancer research. She also performs for Relay for Life to raise money and awareness for cancer.
From age 12 Ayla developed her studio chops under the tutelage of former Motown great Frank “Toddy” Winfrey, then traveling weekly to Southern California to do so. Winfrey said: “Ayla is an incredible talent. Musically, she’s amazing because she can do anything, for any age listening audience. There is no age limit for what she’s got.”