The person who had the most influence on AaLia's music was her father, Norman Brooks. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Norman passed away on September 14th, 2006. Among the varied nostalgic song choices he covered, he also interpreted what he sang in his own unique style. He had written hundreds of original compositions, many that were moving ballads. Included, in his life long dedication to composing beautiful music, were dozens of Hymns written in Sanskrit. His voice had the heartfelt conviction to touch people's souls profoundly, often bringing his devoted fans to tears. The tender, raw emotion he was able to evoke from within people's hearts was a rare gift.

AaLia's father was a natural born entertainer who loved to inspire his following. Not only was he a notorious songwriter, but the dynamic and soulful timbre of his voice was an added dimension to the quality of his inherent vocal prowess, thus granting him the uncanny ability to impersonate the late, great, Al Jolson. Norman Brooks was a true artist in every sense of the word.

There have been many other influences, including,

  • Eva Cassidy
  • Eric Clapton
  • Melissa Ethridge
  • Janis Joplin
  • Whitney Houston
  • Mariah Carey
  • Diana Krall