Today, her principled lyrics and velvety delivery owns the stage! NYA recently grasped the extent of her growth when she performed and placed in the top 3 bands among 15 acts at Live Nation's House of Blues Houston-wide competition in January 2009. That night, her hip-hop/soul sound with alternative overtures created by an acoustic/electric blend, was embraced as NYA’s signature genre. Not surprisingly, the musical blend has motivated NYA to pursue becoming a guitar player herself, much like acoustic soul-goddess India Arie. In early 2008, she partnered with atmOsphere, a band known for their power to create a blissful ambiance with sultry and smooth inflections. Together, they recreate the same message-driven effect as some of NYA's key influences. Among these are the likes of ColdPlay, Jill Scott, Floetry, Alanis Morrissette, and Jay-Z.
Best described as a conscience lyricist, NYA relentlessly addresses real-life and global issues: desire for love, poverty, hunger, and disease. It has not escaped this artist that her music has a dual purpose. It inspires her audiences, while it simultaneously encourages her. 43 Miles to Empty, her debut album, captures NYA's underlying fear that without a conscious effort to arouse hope, the world could be pushed to a point of despair. Music Sets Me Free, the lead track on her debut album, underscores how vital music is.