Ayla was a seventeen year old, Season 5, top twenty-four contestant, raised in Wrentham, Massachusetts. Her father is a senator. Ayla is not only having a successful career in singing, but is having a successful career in basketball as well. Her favorite vocalists include Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Boyz 2 Men, and Josh Groban. During her three weeks on American Idol, Ayla sang "Reflection", "I Want You to Need Me", and "Unwritten.