Women who have paved their own way.

My Mother Rogene Manas

I woke up today compelled to blog about women that have inspired me in one way or another. I love these women so much because of what they represent in society. Some of them have been frowned upon for the mistakes that they have made in years past. I identify with some of  them because of their mistakes and ability to recover. I identify with others because they went where no woman had gone before. It is so important to have role models that inspire you. Not just saints and untouchables, but real life people that represent a goal, a destination, a strength, or a will to persevere. I don't believe in idolizing people in an inhuman way. It can be unhealthy to aspire to BE someone that you aren't. Each one of us has a strength, and a uniqueness inside that we choose, or choose not to tap into. We can be LIKE others, but we are always exactly ourselves. 
I started the blog off with a picture of my beautiful mother. She has always been the most stable thing about my life. We were best friends the moment I got into this world, and have been ever since. She was more or less a single mom raising 2 children while pursuing a career in art. She is the person who has taught me about buying second hand , and recycling. She makes 75% of the gifts she gives from scratch, and they are always more amazing than anything else I get. My mom is a true artist in every aspect of her life. I wouldn't be a musician, nor would I have pursued a life in art if it were not for her. 


Bjork. One of the most inventive musical, and visual artists of all time. She never ceases to amaze me. She has also performed pregnant, and managed to stay out of the limelight as a mother her entire career. Bjork is the definition of someone who paves their own path. She is true inspiration.

Tina Turner

People that know me well know that musically I have been inspired by Tina Turner. She was the voice that encouraged me to become a rock singer. Tina Turner has been through so many trials, and has managed to come out on top.  I love this woman.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie. A mother of 6, a goodwill ambassador of the United Nations, a jet setter, an actress, and someone who used her face to help save the world. Rag on her all you want. She does more good than anybody in her industry.

Maryl Streep

Maryl Streep. This woman is a master of her trade. She deserves every bit of hype that she gets. Maryl Streep is so inspiring to me. Her ability to transform herself and create the most convincing character(s) is undeniable. I have yet to see a better actor or actress.

Thank you to these women for inspiring me with their individuality, and strength. 


  1. Dear Aja,
    You are an inspiration to all of us! The way you pour yourself into your singing that seams as if you are playing an instrument is truly special. As a woman and a mother and an artist- you are amazing!
    Thank you,

  2. Thank you Colleen. That means so much to me.

  3. Thank YOU Aja for being an influential and inspiring woman for me!!!

  4. I was in a complete creative slump recently, but then I saw you preform and met you Ever since then I've been more inspired, you awoke this undeniable energy in me. Thank you.

  5. A sweet friend of mine turned me on to your band and music and I've been a fan ever since. There have been some amazing women who have come in and out of my life. Some still linger and call me there friend or family:)From the beauty I see within them I learn from them and do my best to be a better me because of them. I can say the same for you though I have not met you through your music I am Always inspired and uplifted. Thank you.

  6. And YOU inspire all of US! Your positive energy and love for all things art give people such happiness and inspiration to do it all as best as we can.

    Love ya, mama.

  7. You have one beautiful mom there! Reminds me of Katey Sagal, one of the talented women I look up to.


  8. The most amazing part is I already knew you had some strong women in your life just by listening to your artful musical interpretation. I call it artful because some people JUST sing, you make art :) I think that is really a GREAT thing! Maybe because I first heard you and saw you at the same time in a you tube video, but your visual interpretation seems just as important as the music. Very interesting and quite intriguing. Not everyone gives so much of themselves. I will have to study this further.