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Oya

R&B Singer from Beverly Hills, CA - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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$300 - $3000 per event
RATED #1 R&B SINGER ON GIGMASTER'S IN 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013!
THIS GIGMASTER'S AWARD WINNER TAKES YOU BACK WITH OLD SCHOOL TO NEW SCHOOL SINGING R&B, SOUL, BLUES, JAZZ, CLASSIC ROCK, REGGAE, POP, ADULT CONTEMPORARY AND GOSPEL. OYA SINGS AS A SOLOIST WITH INSTRUMENTAL TRACKS, AS A DUO, TRIO AND WITH FULL BAND.

OYA TRAVELS ALL OVER THE NATION AND HAS BANDS AND MUSICIANS ALREADY LOCATED IN MANY CITIES/STATES INCLUDING: CALIFORNIA (From the Bay, Los Angeles to San Diego)- LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -ATLANTA, GEORGIA - ALABAMA - VIRGINIA - NEW ORLEANS, LA - PHILADELPHIA - NEW YORK

Oya Thomas has spent her life delighting in the freeing, connective force of music. The beginning of her musical and spiritual journey can be traced back to Oya's earliest experiences – joyful impressions that have added a genuine playfulness to her work's mantra even as she matures as an artist. At the age of three, deeply inspired and encouraged by her father and personal hero Ezekiel and his distinctive voice, she began to sing tirelessly, writing poems and stories on the spot and setting them to music. Her ability to express herself fluidly through song strengthened the bond between the members of her tight-knit family as they gathered around the piano to revel in her enduring enthusiasm and colorful world perspectives.

Because the church was always a pivotal force in her family's life, she began to avidly share her gifts with her congregation all the while organically building a diverse musical foundation at home through the songs of beloved musical icons such as Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson and Frank Sinatra. Her introduction to the early records of Whitney Houston fortified her commitment to becoming a mistress of her craft while drawing her closer to her own cultural and musical legacy. And the vibrant energy and skill of progressive artists like Prince helped cultivate her deep appreciation of a solid groove and increased her hunger for improvisation, which continues to drive her to explore every possible dimension of the instrument of voice. Oya's vivacity still shines bright as she devours both fresh and familiar material with equal passion.

As Oya built her foundation through song, she developed a profound fascination for human psychology and the relationship between the body, mind and spirit, which characterizes the core principles of both her mentoring and her musical repertoire. Her on-going quest to make her life and work a continuous opportunity for learning and growth drove her to earn a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology. Her deep-seated need to explore the transformative power music has on the human mind and soul still flows in abundance through her songwriting, performance style and her central message: “Energizing through Music and Art.”

Throughout HER career, she has performed, recorded and worked with a variety of talented musicians and artists, including Heavy D., Snoop Dogg, Sharee Brown, Patrice Rushen, Howard Hewett and Preston Glass as well as actors Robin Givens and Gabriel Casseus. Oya's credits include writer and producer of the music featured in the promotional campaign for the film Joyful Noise, starring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah and actress in season one and the upcoming season two of the series The Therapist. Renowned for her compelling performances in critically-acclaimed gospel plays nationwide, she has also regularly performed for organizations such as the Boys' and Girls' Club of America and the American Cancer Society.

In Oya's words, “To feel is such a great experience in and of itself, and to be able to do it with something I have inside me, from the depth of my spirit is like a wonderful sharing that I cannot put into words. A smile, applause singing along, someone saying how good I made them feel makes everything worthwhile. These experiences are gratifying to me as an artist and performer and because I know I am helping someone else connect to their emotions in a positive way. I always said I wanted to use my talents to see God's great earth, and so I am.”

With deep, immovable roots nourished by her father's love and support as well as an innate fervor for growth as an artist and a human being, Oya continues to ignite her exceptional spark through her art.

Spirit of Oya is her debut solo album.
*Oya sings to instrumentals, full band or choose from guitar, keys, bass, violin, cello or saxophone for beautiful accompaniment .
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50+ GigMasters Bookings
A GigMasters member for 5+ years
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2012!
2015 - Top R&B Singer
2014 - Top R&B Singer
2013 - Top R&B Singer
2012 - Top R&B Singer
2011 - Top R&B Singer
2010 - Top R&B Singer
2009 - Top R&B Singer

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All I can say is: She was GREAT!!! What a great person and a great performance..everyone loved her...WHAT A VOICE!!!!

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It is not often in life that you are connected to human beings like Oya and when you do, you know you are blessed. I found Oya through google and what a connection we made. Her spirit is rich and attracting, her professionalism is at a level that is rare. Oya was hired to entertain my family and friends in celebration of my 50th birthday and what an entertainer she was. We worked together in selecting the songs for her to perform and just by our connection she knew when to sing the right songs. As an entertainer she was dressed for the event wearing a very elegant black gown and gorgeous black stilettos. I would highly recommend Oya for any event on this earth.

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Oya's performance literally left me speechless. She sang 2 songs at my wedding reception and she took my breath away. I am still getting phone calls about her absolutely AMAZING performance. Her powerful, beautiful, and soulful voice moved the entire room to tears. She truly made my wedding reception an unforgettable experience. She’s extremely talented performer and a true professional. I hired her at the last minute and she took care of finalizing all the details on her own. She arrived early…brought her own music & was dressed elegantly. Oya is such a nice…warm and kind and patient person. Everyone loved her and I can’t imagine my reception without Oya.

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Fairfield, CA
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Paso Robles, CA
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Please note Oya will also travel to Los Angeles, Culver City, Hollywood, Studio City, Universal City, North Hollywood, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Burbank, Valley Village, Venice, Encino, Inglewood, Marina Del Rey, Van Nuys, Glendale, Pacific Palisades, Playa Del Rey, Pasadena, El Segundo, Hawthorne, Panorama City, Sun Valley, Tarzana, North Hills, Pacoima, Topanga, Arleta, Gardena.
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