b. California, USA. Blind from birth but still a keen baseball player and painter, Ayala spent many years as an aspiring musician in his home base of Whittier, California. By 1969, however, he had decided to employ those talents in the service of his local ministry as a gospel singer and community leader. He began performing at the Salt Company, a local coffee-house where young people in need of guidance would congregate. Ayala’s songs reflected his calling towards such young people - offering moral advice on issues such as relationships and family breakdowns, while also remaining profoundly devotional. Although he has never made a serious impact on mainstream gospel music, despite two excellent albums for Myrrh in the 70s, he remains an archetypal behind-the-scenes figure of gospel, his main concern being the well-being of his community.
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