Ayla Ray is a group formed of Alaskan hometown friends by singer/songwriter Sam Tenhoff and bassist/producer Raven Liss. The duo have been playing together since meeting in elementary school, developing a sound over the years that leans the group heavily into rock with undertones of electronic, soul, and R&B.
With a collaboration of artful stage props, lighting, and a high energy live performance, Ayla Ray brings a full experience to the dance floor and strives to bend genre in and out of the studio.
The group is based in Portland, Oregon and will be releasing their debut album in November 2019.
Sam Tenhoff . Vocals
Raven Liss . Bass Guitar
Brandon Shaw . Guitar
Minoka Kakizaki . Keys . Synths
Tobin Tanner . Drums
"Liquor Witch is a head-swaying lament that conjures up and releases repressed emotions from deep within the modern psyche with an uplifting chorus that brings light in the darkness. Bewitching storytelling."
"On their torrid sweltering first single, Ayla Ray compounds slinky prowling electronica with gruff thundering vocals and grimy blustering guitars to give us gritty storming, tenacious strutting rock. It’s an incendiary brand of swaggering sound much like the intense dramatics of Muse and AWOLNATION fused with Arctic Monkey’s sultry drawl and Cold War Kids’ marshy blues."
- I Heart Moosiq
"Electro rock outfit based in Portland, Oregon, Ayla Ray released an impressive music video today and upon seeing it for the first time, we were utterly blown away."
- Keep Walking Music
“Mistress” is a track sure to entice anyone looking for a dramatic performance and a masterful blend of various genres."
- Elicit Magazine