Ayla Brown has pursued a diverse range of endeavors over the span of the last six years. Her achievements include being an American Idol Semifinalist, recording artist of four albums, national and local performances, involvement in numerous charitable causes, National Anthem singer for the Philadelphia 76ers, and national news correspondent for The Early Show on CBS. From 2006-2010, Ayla was a Division 1 basketball player at Boston College, receiving a degree in communications.
In January of 2012, Ayla released a self-titled country album. Her first release, “Goodbye for Good,” stayed strong at #1 on CDbaby.com’s Country Rock, Country Pop, and Overall Country charts for weeks, beating out artists such as Willie Nelson. Most recently, the self-titled album shot up to #78 on the iTunes country chart, and last summer, the same album charted on Billboard in the New England area. In November of 2012, Ayla released a patriotic-inspired album titled, Heroes and Hometowns. New Balance sponsored the project and part of every CD sale benefits a military non-profit out of Massachusetts called Hugs for Heroes, Inc. “Pride of America,” is the first single off the album, which can be purchased on any digital retailer, including iTunes.
Over the years, Ayla has had many memorable performances. Some of those include performing twice at Boston’s Top 40 radio station Kiss 108 FM’s annual Kiss Concert, singing with the Boston Pops orchestra at the “Pops on the Heights” Scholarship Gala at Boston College, and singing the National Anthem with the Boston Pops at the 33rd Annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular in 2006. For the past two years since moving to Nashville, Ayla has had the opportunity to headline her own shows and open up for numerous country music superstars including Josh Turner, Eric Church, Sara Evans, Charlie Daniels, Craig Morgan, Darius Rucker and more. On Memorial Day weekend, Ayla debuted at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN and brought 17 female soldiers on stage to be recognized by the audience. Ayla received a standing ovation for her debut performance. Two days later on Memorial Day, Ayla performed live on the plaza on Fox and Friends and headlined the most prestigious event in New York City, on board the USS Intrepid. This year alone, Ayla performed the National Anthem at the Orange Bowl and the ACC Men’s Basketball Championship.
Ayla has performed at many charitable concerts at Fenway Park and the Pan-Mass Challenge, and she has most recently offered her vocal talents and time to the organization “Songs of Love,” where she is currently a spokesperson and singer for ill-stricken children.
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