And for more information on the album release party, here’s a link to the official Facebook invite.

Besides being a songwriter, Ayla is also a filmmaker and has made a handful of her own music videos. Her life philosophy can be summed up in four words: "Be open to everything."

She met me last week for an afternoon chat about her upcoming album release, her music, and herself in general. I found her to be much like her music: genuine, dedicated, smart, and gentle.

Ayla Nereo

Artwork by Emily Frost

BAM: Where are you from?

Ayla: I grew up in Sonoma County, an hour north, out in the country. My brother Davyd [Nereo] and I, we went to a Waldorf kindergarten, and my parents didn