Music possesses an extraordinary ability to mend, motivate, and bring people together. For singer-songwriter Aliza Hava, music transcended its role as a mere refuge, evolving into a transformative force that guided her through childhood trauma and inspired her to share a heartfelt message of peace with the world.
Aliza’s musical journey took a poignant turn following a terror attack in Israel, leading her to release her rendition of White Lion’s soulful ballad, “When the Children Cry.” This song, deeply resonant since her childhood, became part of her upcoming album scheduled for release in 2024. In the aftermath of the attack, the song’s message of peace gained renewed significance, resonating across generations with a universal theme of healing and hope for the world’s children.
Recalling the impact of the song during her tumultuous childhood, Aliza expressed, “The first time I heard it, I was nine years old and was experiencing tremendous violence in my household. The lyrics rang true for me in a way I’d never experienced before and was the first song I ever heard that spoke directly to my soul.”
To visually capture the essence of her music, Aliza enlisted her husband to help film the music video in the small town in South Oregon where they reside. Her journey in music spans time spent in California and Israel, where she dedicated eight years to peace work, fostering connections between Muslims, Christians, and Jewish musicians.
The forthcoming album delves into Aliza’s personal struggles during her challenging childhood. As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, she believes that the intergenerational trauma carried by her family influenced her upbringing. Reflecting on this, she noted, “That’s what happens when we keep the cycle of trauma and violence.”
Hava’s commitment to building bridges through the healing power of music was reaffirmed during her time in Israel, where she witnessed Palestinians and Israelis transforming from strangers to friends through collaborative musical efforts. This experience solidified her calling to contribute positively to the world through her musical endeavors.
Recording her latest album became a therapeutic process for Aliza, providing her with a powerful medium to address and overcome her personal struggles. “Without my music, I don’t know how I would be functional; it has been very powerful medicine for me,” she acknowledged.
However, the production of the album came with its challenges, and now Aliza is seeking sponsors who can appreciate the significance of her narrative and the profound impact of her music on healing. Through her art, she aspires to uplift individuals and guide them towards a personal journey of self-expression and healing, echoing the transformative power of the song that inspired her as a child.