Aya Ishida is a New York based vocalist and composer. Originally from Japan, she moved to NYC in 2013 to pursue a music degree at City University of New York Hunter college. In 2014 She transferred to City University of New York City College where she received a B.F.A in Jazz performance under the Kaye Scholarship graduating with Degree Honors Magna Cum Laude in 2017.
From the age of 8, Aya has been surrounded by music. Whether it was learning piano or singing in choirs as a soloist, she was always drawn to the energy of performing and discovering. After arriving in New York, Aya took her talent to new heights by studying with such masters as Steve Wilson and Carolyn Leonhart (just to name a couple). She quickly made a lot of connections and now performs regularly with a wide range of musicians. In 2018, she released her debut album Day by Day having Grammy award winning saxophonist Wayne Escoffery as a producer. It includes her favorite jazz standards with her arrangements and her original compositions singing about her struggles from chasing dreams in NYC. With a soulful voice and an energetic heartfelt performance, she always captivates the audience.