Ahlay Blakely

Alexandra “ahlay” Blakely is a descendant of Ashkenazic, Scandinavian, and British folk. She is an artist, singer-songwriter, communal grief tender, community organizer, facilitator, and ceramicist walking the path of ancestral healing and the reclaiming of lost cultural memories. Her community singing album, Spells from the Unknown encapsulates songs for the community to transform, ask questions, and seek to lead lives in service to the future ones. Her upcoming 2024 community singing album, WAILS: Songs for Grief was recorded in July 2023 with a choir of 200 voices. The album is completely dedicated to grief, inspired by the Whales of the Sea, the wails of our times, and Francis Weller’s book The Wild Edge of Sorrow and more specifically “the five gates of grief.” To stay informed about her ongoing offerings, sign up for her monthly newsletter







Interviewing ahlay on grief on the Bliss is Ordinary Podcast

Events with Ahlay Blakely

1st Annual Ojai Songfest | Harmony, Joy, and Healing Through Song
April 19 - 21, 2024

1st Annual Ojai Songfest | Harmony, Joy, and Healing Through Song  With Maggie Wheeler and Friends Arnaé Batson Melanie DeMore Debbie Nargi-Brown Ahlay Blakely with Meredith Scott Lynn on drums When:  Friday, April 19 5:00pm–9:00pm   Saturday, April 20 8:30am–9:30pm  Sunday, April 21  8:30am–5:00pm Program Description Topa Institute is thrilled to host our inaugural Ojai Songfest this spring! Led by an incredible team of song leaders hailing from across the West Coast—including Los Angeles, Oakland, Santa Cruz, and Seattle—this three-day retreat is for experienced and beginner singers alike.  Over the last year Topa has presented several daylong song circles and received…