Chayah Miranda
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Chayah Miranda

San Francisco, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

San Francisco, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
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"Chayah Miranda - No Other Way"

With her vocals sounding eerily similar to Rachael Lampa, and Jaci Velasquez, and her musical style akin to artists like Natalie Grant, Nichole Nordeman and Rebecca St James; relatively new solo artist Chayah Miranda, who was been singing and writing songs ever since she was young, has unveiled her debut album titled No Other Way last month. With some songs meant for personal and quiet reflection, as well as other for a corporate worship stage, Chayah’s heart for Jesus, emotion and vulnerability is on display here, as she strives to point people to our Lord and Saviour. Guaranteed to be enjoyed if you are a fan of contemporary pop, Chayah’s song have once again showed me that an artist does not have to be signed to a label to have an impact in the music industry. One of the most enjoyable and inspirational softer piano driven albums I have heard in quite a while; there are many outstanding tracks in my opinion, and few faults on this 10 track piano led musical journey. From the pop guitar driven bouncy “Higher”, to the stirring piano ballad “Beautiful Mystery”, my favourit track from the album and on which shows off Chayah’s incredible voice; Chayah Miranda has shown us that it is possible for new independent artists to shine and succeed; no doubt Cyah will gain fans and her music will inspire and motivate!

“Higher”, “He Loves Me”, “Let Go” and “Thankful” are the four promotional singles that Chayah has unveiled for us! Releasing each on bandcamp and itunes at regular intervals from December 2013 onwards, “Higher” opens with stirring electric guitar work, as Chayah reminds us all that in every situation we can lift up God’s name and glorify Him in all we do. Presenting the song with a story like Jaci Velasquez’s “Give Them Jesus” or Matthew West’s “My Own Little World”, Chayah gives us a mother, a young girl and a homeless man in the verses for us to care about, and reminds us that life on this planet is temporary and fleeting. All we can and should do is to point people to Jesus and lift up his name, and as Chayah asks God to ‘…carry me, through the storm, I want to lift You up, higher, in the city streets, through the poverty and the businessman passing by, I want to lift You higher…’, I am struck with the revelation and realisation that giving God our appreciation and gratitude is nothing less than what we should and can do, because of God’s sacrifice for us. Chayah’s song has definitely spurred me into action in praising God proactively, has it for you? An infectious catchy melody that is a great album opener; “Let Go” brings the tempo right back, yet still stands firm in its message, of letting go of grudges, hurts and pain, letting God ‘…do what He needs to do, if you give Him control, He will walk You through all your joy and all your pains, through your pride and all your shame, you just have to call His name, and let go…’. Probably the most CCM track on the album, “Let Go” gently reminds us of the enormity of God’s unconditional love for us, and his longing for us to give our worries and troubles to Him. Taking inspiration from John 14: 1-6, Chayah declares and utters truths about the security of God and that He has our lives in His hands. Though cliché, with simple instruments, accessible lyrics in the chorus and a groovy drum beat and clever electronics; the fact of the matter still stands, that Jesus is sovereign and His promises is reason enough for us to let go.

While “He Loves Me”, one of the poignant and acoustic ballads on this track list, seems to be directed at young women who are unsure of their faith or direction in life as Chayah brilliantly cries out ‘…I’m gonna be the woman in me no matter what anybody says, Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me, on the outside we can change, on the inside we’re all the same…’; I am certain that guys all the same can be impacted and changed by this song as well, as we remember the boundless and endless love that Jesus has for us- I know this song pulls at my heart strings! With Chayah showing us more of her eloquent and flawless voice which has me wondering why she hasn’t been signed yet, and also has me propelling her into the same category vocally as Jaci Velasquez, Rachael Lampa, and Natalie Grant; Chayah delivers another more God breathed moment in “Thankful”, inspiring us to be thankful in all circumstances, because we are alive, because God is with us, because He has defeated death and won the grave. Sung in a slight Carribeean/r&b atmosphere with light acoustic guitar and percussion, this song is probably as cheesy as they come, however the effect that it sticks in our minds and makes us think about the message of being grateful about our lives (like Jason Gray’s “Good To Be Alive”), ensures that this song has done its job very effectively. While not necessarily as strong in lyrics and melody as Chayah’s previous three singles this song though is part of an anchor of the album thematically and still has me dancing and swaying to the vibrant and timeless message of thanking God for each day.

Delivering a smorgasbord and a great musical variety of songs and melodies in the remainder six songs, Chayah has made sure that her voice and prowess is firmly imprinted in our minds as we listen to one of the standout new artists of 2014! Led by the piano, the title track uplifts us, presenting us with epic crescendos as well as Chayah’s bubbly personality and unwavering heart for Jesus, which I will continue to champion again and again! As the assertion is made known to us again, that Jesus is the only way to God, Chayah lets us know in the chorus through her majestic voice that there is ‘…no other way, yeah it’s a new day, just like the sun rise, no greater love, You surround me just like the ocean, You gave me more than I dreamed, where you will lead, I will follow…’; a life altering decision as we grapple with and fully understand that God loves us just the same, and there is nothing we can do that will separate us from His love- it is not determined by us but by His death and resurrection on the cross. Relevant, engaging, moving, emotional and thoroughly enjoyable, I believe that Chayah deserves a Dove Award nomination from this song alone!

With Chayah also showcasing themes of us being still and soaking in God’s presence in the piano led, calm and serene “Listen’, and a timely reminder in the album closer of us being called sons and daughters of Christ, and being adopted in the family known as the Kingdom of God (with themes similar to Third Day’s “Children Of God”); perhaps not being on a label has given Chayah freedom to sing the song she wants to, as this album, as I mentioned previously, is full of relevant themes sung in a relatable way. “Look Into The Sky”, a pure pop melody driven by synth and driving electric guitars, encourages us to pray to Jesus and call on His name during times of trouble, and with Chayah’s enthusiasm and sheer happiness clearly evident here, and also contagious as by the end of this track I am brimming with joy too. As Chayah lets us know that we only have to ask and God will be there, that we ‘…gotta look into the sky, you might find what you’re looking for, realise you were made for so much more, and like a perfect harmony, He’ll give you what you need…’, the words of Matthew 6:25-34 spring back into mind, and the assertion that God is our provider all the time, just like H gave manna to Moses in Exodus, becomes all the more clearer.

“Under Construction”, probably the most musically aggressive track on the album, driven authoritatively by the booming electric guitars, speaks about God moulding us like clay in the Potter’s hand (Jeremiah 18: 1-6), and is a courageous power ballad meant to reassure us and soothe our soul. As we are confident in our security and how God is always shaping us to make us more like Him, Chayah continues in the impressive vocal work, relaying that Jesus makes all things new, and that we’re never going to be the same (using similar themes from songs like “All Things New” from Steven Curtis Chapman and “The Glory Of It All” from David Crowder*Band). Yet my favourite Chayah Miranda song ever is the song “Beautiful Mystery”! A worship song and anthem at its finest, this is Chayah in her element, with the raw, uninhibited motion and love for Jesus pouring out of her overflowing. I am sure when you hear the song too, you’ll be swept away in the emotion and Holy Spirit anointing as well; I can easily see this on a Sunday set list in the not too distant future. With strings, majestic orchestral instruments, sublime drums and symbols and Chayah’s angelic and beautiful voice providing a haunting yet God breathed melody; we are reminded through this song that Jesus’ love is unfathomable and sometimes inconceivable. We may claim to understand the heights, depths, width and length of the love of God but the truth is that His love and why Jesus died goes beyond anything we could comprehend. Perfect for corporate worship, this potential single is set to explode, and hopefully people respect this song just like they do with songs like “Oceans” and “10 000 Reasons”!

‘…I want everyone to know that there is a God in heaven who loves them so much that there is hope no matter what you are going through. All we have to do is open up and give Him a chance to help us, to strengthen us. And when we ask God for His help and guidance, that’s when miracles will happen; that’s when you’ll see your life change for the better…’ An album full of musical styles, from ballads piano only tunes and powerful orchestral music, to acoustic, CCM and pop, Chayah’s musical versatility is something to behold. If you’re a fan of pop and CCM, and artists like Rachael Lampa, Jaci Velasquez, this album is for you. And even if you’re not a fan of slower ballads, quit reflective melodies or piano only tracks, that’s ok too, as God is sure to speak to everyone, and I believe that at least on song out of the then will mean something special to someone. With ti just being a matter of time before Chayah Miranda is signed to a record label (maybe Integrity Music?), No Other Way reflects passion and a big heart for Jesus in every way. Lt’s just hope and pray we act out what is being sung in these songs; there’s so much gold here, and moments of surrender to Jesus our Lord and Saviour! - Joshua Andre, 365 Days of Inspiring Media


"Chayah Miranda - No Other Way"

‘…I want everyone to know that there is a God in heaven who loves them so much that there is hope no matter what you are going through. All we have to do is open up and give Him a chance to help us, to strengthen us. And when we ask God for His help and guidance, that’s when miracles will happen; that’s when you’ll see your life change for the better…’ Vocally sounding similar to artists like Jaci Velazquez, Britt Nicole, Rebecca St. James and Rachael Lampa; new artist Chayah Miranda has been singing and performing for quite some time. Releasing her debut album No Other Way on April 15th, Chayah’s longing to deliver songs for corporate and individual reflection and worship is shown fervently and emotively on her debut album release, and certain to be enjoyed, loved and purchased if you enjoy these aforementioned artists. Based in San Francisco, Chayah’s (pronounced ‘kai-yah’) heart for songs to motivate, edify and build up whoever listens is evident throughout the album as a whole, as we witness some of the most enjoyable reflective ballads and inspirational songs from 2014 so far. From the first single ‘Higher’, a pop contemporary radio friendly song that encourages us to lift God higher in praise, to the emotive ‘Let Go’, a keyboard and acoustic guitar prominent melody that reminds us to let go of the things that hold us down from relying fully on God for our daily needs; listeners are able to continue appreciating new artists (especially new indie artists) and their musical craft. No Other Way is one of my favourite albums by an independent artist in 2014 so far, with Chayah herself being one of my favourite indie artists of this year too, alongside artists like Ellie Holcomb, Hilary McBride and Lex Anderson!

‘Higher’, the first single from the album that released in December 2013, is one of my favourite songs from No Other Way, as Chayah invites us all to lift up God’s name higher in everything that we do. Presenting a story-like verse akin and similar to Jaci Velasquez’s ‘Give Them Jesus’; the acoustic guitars and keyboards unveil the scenario of how she sees ‘…a mother at the bus stop makin’ her way to work, I see a young girl looking at a purse, dreaming bout self-worth, but everything will fade so let’s call a spade a spade, this is temporary, temporary…’ Blunt as can be, we are called to remember that this life we live is as temporary as they come- we are born, we live and we die in the end. Because of this revelation, what happens beyond our earthly deaths is of more significance to us, and as we delve deeper into the person of Jesus, all we can do is lift Him higher because of what He has done so that this life is not the end. While at times reminding me vocally like Jaci and musically like Jaci’s acoustic/pop/latin American infused music; Chayah’s enthusiasm is beyond infectious, as ‘Higher’ delivers an emotive performance to start off an album full of musical styles, from ballads and upbeat melodies, to acoustic, CCM and pop at its finest. Despite not on a label, Chayah’s album is nevertheless as enjoyable as other label-backed and produced albums. With such an infectious enthusiasm, ‘Higher’ is a great start to No Other Way, as our focus remains on God who longs for us to lift Him up in thankfulness and glory.

‘Let Go’, ‘Thankful’ and ‘He Loves Me’ are three other promotional singles Chayah has released on her bandcamp page prior to the album release next week, and each of these melodies showcase a unique aspect of her music as each of the songs remind us of God’s love for us and His longing for us to let go of the troubles that weigh us down and be thankful for the things in our lives, however good or bad (on the surface) they may be. With a piano and a looping percussion introduction, ‘Let Go’ is possibly the most CCM-like melody as Chayah powerful declares out the truths of letting go and trusting that God will have our worries and fears under control in His hands. With simple instrumentation and an easy-to-learn chorus and melodic beat; ‘Let Go’ is one of my favourites, and great for anyone who struggles with letting go of things, as we hear from Chayah to ‘…just let go and let God do what He needs to do, if you give Him control, He will walk you through…’ ‘He Loves Me’, one of the ballads on the album, brings the tempo of the album down to accommodate for the emotive and poignant moments of Chayah as she sings the high notes and proves that her vocal delivery is just as emotive and passionate as others like Natalie Grant, Avalon, Rachael Lampa, or even Jaci herself. With the song highlighting the theme of God’s love for us, Chayah sings out a song, that while directed at women in how the chorus is portrayed (‘…I’m gonna be the woman in me no matter what anybody says, Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me, on the outside we can change, on the inside we’re all the same…’); is nevertheless applicable for both sexes as we all realise that because of Jesus’s love for us, we can be who we are in Christ.

With ‘He Loves Me’ arguably being one of the most unveiling and vulnerable songs by Chayah on the album; this heartfelt melody carries on into ‘Thankful’, the last promotional single from No Other Way. A tad under 3 minutes, ‘Thankful’ encourages us to indeed be thankful for what we have as we hear this groovy melody complete with acoustics and light drums and percussion, presented in a way where we can’t help but sway and dance along as we hear it. While some of the lyrics can be a little cheesy in how we ‘…gotta be thankful cause He’s givin us everything, His love has covered me ooh ooh ooh ooh…’; the song nevertheless is as catchy as many of the upbeat CCM-style melodies on the radio a la Jaci Velasquez or Francesca Battistelli. While not necessarily as strong (both lyrically and musically) as compared to Chayah’s previous three singles (in my opinion), the song still does a decent job in giving us a theme of being thankful for the things we have instead of what we don’t. Well done Chayah, for these three songs (and ‘Higher’), with each of them together anchoring the album thematically, and also some of my personal standouts on No Other Way.

Throughout the rest of the album, Chayah gives us an array of musical tempos and styles to further show us her musical and lyrical prowess as one of the most underrated CCM/pop artists of 2014 so far. With a piano introduction, the title track ‘No Other Way’ encourages us in a way that is fitting for one of the most heartfelt anthems to be ever recorded in the calendar year which is 2014. As Chayah reminds us that there is no other way besides Christ, we are given a heartfelt chorus amidst the light keyboards, understanding that there is ‘…no other way, yeah it’s a new day, just like the sun rise, no greater love, You surround me just like the ocean, You gave me more than I dreamed, where you will lead, I will follow…’ A moment where we realise that God’s love envelops us and that there is nothing we can say or do that will take the unending love from our grasp and reach, Chayah’s melody becomes even more emotive, relevant and encouraging, as the title track wraps up the thematic element of the album as a whole- that our love for Christ and His love for us is not bound by our choices and actions, but rather, of how much His love stretches (to the point of Christ dying for each of us!). ‘Look Into the Sky’, a happy-go-lucky 2 minutes 58 seconds melody that encourages us to look ‘into the sky’ (a relative term for looking to Jesus) for any issue or problem that comes our way, is possibly one of the most enthusiastic and energetic songs on the album, and while delivering a fun-like atmosphere at face value, the heartfelt meaning of us communing with God is much more poignant. With light percussion and Chayah’s voice reminding me of Jaci Velasquez’s (in fact, my I assert that Chayah Miranda could be the new Jaci Velasquez for this new generation in years to come?); we are reminded that when we ‘…gotta look into the sky, you might find what you’re looking for, realise you were made for so much more, and like a perfect harmony, He’ll give you what you need…’, and how every good gift and every beautiful thing made from something tragic comes from God our Father, Lord and Friend.

Chayah delves into rock anthems with ‘Under Construction’, a gutsy guitar driven power ballad that gives us a great reminder of how we are always a continual work, and how God is always working in us to shape us more like Him. With great vocal work that places Chayah in the realms of Natalie Grant, Nichole Nordeman, Mandisa and Britt Nicole vocally (just by hearing this song alone); Chayah delivers a strong vocal performance as we hear of how ‘…like gold in a fire, You’re making me new and I’m never gonna be the same I’m under construction…’, a theme running through not only this song, but others like Tenth Avenue North’s ‘Don’t Stop the Madness’ and ‘You Do All Things Well’, and ‘Something Beautiful’ by Steven Curtis Chapman. With Chayah also showcasing themes of us listening to God in the quietness in the piano led ‘Listen’, and a great reminder of us being found in Christ in the personable and piano only last song ‘Found in You’, it is the 9th track, ‘Beautiful Mystery’, that is one of my favourite songs and a personable highlight (maybe even my 3rd favourite track after ‘Let Go’ and ‘Higher’). Sandwiched between two piano prominent melodies, even though this song is equally as poignant and emotive, the nice difference in instrumentation is a great change for the pace of the album, as well as the theme portrayed, about how this song is praise and worship at its finest (it can easily fit along a worship set list with artists like Matt Redman, Hillsong or Chris Tomlin). With strings, crashing drums, big sounding guitars and a vocal that’s reminiscent of Christy Nockels (for this song especially), ‘Beautiful Mystery’ is a moment of realisation, that it is a mystery and will be until we ask Him in heaven, about why He indeed made a way for us to be reconciled with Him. Full of moments that are just perfect for corporate worship, this is certain to be a live favourite (I can even picture the crowd singing along to this one), and a favourite for me as well. Well done Chayah for such an emotional song, and one that I reckon ought to be a single at some point in the future!

Overall: My favourite independent artist of 2014 so far, Chayah Miranda’s first album is one to listen to, enjoy and purchase if you are a fan of CCM/pop (if you are a fan of 1990s/2000s ballad music from artists like Rachael Lampa, Avalon and Jaci Velasquez, this album is also for you as well!). From pop to CCM to soaring ballads and upbeat melodies, this is a perfect gift for anyone who longs to have an album that can equally be used for reflective moments of tranquillity, as well as being led in corporate and individual worship as well. While released independently, Chayah’s album, produced by Josh Robinson (who worked with artists like Natalie Grant, Brandon Heath and Britt Nicole), sounds just as good as it maybe would’ve been if it was produced and funded through a label. While not necessarily the most popular (or even known) new artist around, Chayah’s passion and heart to worship is definitely shown through each of the 10 songs. One of the most ingenious and encouraging CCM/worship albums of the year, Chayah ought to be commended on such a stellar effort, one that’ll all but certain will land this album in my top 20 list of 2014 albums that I compile at years end! - Jonathan Andre, Indie Vision Music


"You’ll Love The Message Of This Incredible Song. I Can't Stop Saying ‘Amen’!"

Chayah Miranda will give you chills with her original song “Higher”. Her voice is amazing and the lyrics are such an incredible reminder of where our true home is. WOW! - GodVine


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Christian pop artist, Chayah Miranda (kai-yah) is best known for her sweet yet powerful voice. Performing all over the U.S., and throughout her native San Francisco Bay Area, she has won numerous awards for her vocals as well as her songwriting. Chayah’s debut full-length album “No Other Way,” recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Josh Robinson - who has worked with Britt Nicole, Brandon Heath, and Natalie Grant - is available now on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, and CD Baby!

"One of the most ingenious and encouraging CCM/worship albums of the year, Chayah ought to be commended on such a stellar effort, one that’ll all but certain will land this album in my top 20 list of 2014 albums that I compile at years end!"
- Jonathan Andre, Indie Vision Music

"Chayah Miranda will give you chills with her original song "Higher". Her voice is amazing and the lyrics are such an incredible reminder of where our true home is. WOW!" 
- GodVine

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