Colie Aziza’s musical style uniquely blends sounds of sultry jazz and classic R&B with therapeutic elements that speak to the mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of her listeners. This independent singer/songwriter’s performance intentionally sets out to create intimate landscapes, where she connects and shares her vision with the audience.
Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Colie attended Music & Arts High School in Harlem where she majored in vocal studies. After graduation, Colie continued her studies at Syracuse University, where she participated in their musical theatre program.
Aziza Goes to Washington
Colie’s devotion to music and theatre led her to Washington, D.C. There she began touring and performing with various professional theatre productions, most notably, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Colie eventually turned to developing her own distinctive sound. “I’ve always felt a strong connection to legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack and Sade.” Spirited by the influence of these legendary greats, Colie began honing a melodious style all her own.
With an established vision, Colie Aziza and her featured band Soul For A New Day, naturally complement each other with seamless precision during their performances of timeless covers and enticing originals. Colie’s popularity emanates throughout the Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland areas. She has been a seven-year artist in residence at JoJo’s restaurant on U Street, and has appeared at many other venues such as The Kennedy Center, The Hippodrome and The Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium.
Colie’s audiences frequently request her original works of material during her performances. Melodic originals such as “Angel” and “All You Need” embody a balance of spirit, melody and rhythms. Though often compared to songstresses like Jill Scott and Teena Marie, Colie Aziza’s style fuses Go-Go, Latin, Classic R&B and Jazz to create a breath of fresh air to the urban adult contemporary music scene. As Aziza reaches back to call upon the classic styles of Ella, Sarah and Billy to inspire her music, her message reaches forward towards today’s audiences.