Although she has one album to her credit, namely the 2004 downtempo/R&B hybrid Strange Flower, mellow yet expressive singer Aya has a rather extensive discography as a writer and featured artist dating back to the preceding decade.
Originally from London, Lysa Aya Trenier moved to New York during her late teens. She joined Repercussions and wrote and fronted "Moving On" for the acid jazz group's second album, 1997's Charmed Life. Within a couple years, she was featured on an update of "My Funny Valentine" -- produced by Repercussions bandmate Itaal Shur, under the name Big Muff -- and co-wrote Lenny Kravitz's single "Thinking of You." Additionally, she made a lasting connection with Jay Denes, showcased on the producer's Blue Six single "Sweeter Love." Shortly after she was featured on Mark Ronson's "High," Aya issued the 2004 album Strange Flower, recorded with Denes and released on the producer's Naked Music label. Numerous tracks were licensed for compilations on labels such as Giant Step, Hed Kandi, and Renaissance. Contemporaneous and later session work into the tail end of the 2010s included appearances on recordings by Sweetback and Miguel Migs, and additional material with Shur ("How Lovers Do") and Kravitz ("Low"). ~ Andy Kellman