Oya Thomas is a renowned singer, speaker and “soul centered strategist” who engages the minds of her clients at the heart and soul. The award-winning entertainer, activist and author behind “The 5 Star Points for Success: Manifest Your Dreams, Live Your Life’s Purpose,” Oya has helped many achieve success and create positive change in their personal and professional lives, as well as their communities. A talented vocalist, Oya has been singing and performing all her life, sharing the stage with David Foster, Brian McKnight, and Eric Benet, and has published books and guides on the development of the self and the soul. Her debut album “Spirit of Oya” is a compilation of R&B/soul and contemporary favorites and original songs.
Whether corporate boardrooms or elementary school classrooms, Oya’s audiences immediately recognize her inspiring talent as a singer and relatable truth as a motivational speaker. She delivers an engaging, personal learning experience through real, raw and fun exercises. For more than a decade, Oya has worked with major corporations, executives, entrepreneurs, and the youth to assist them in being “on purpose, productive and profitable.” Most recently, her passion and speaking engagements have focused on working with clients of all ages who are fighting depression and struggling with thoughts of suicide.
Her recent work led to the development of her second album, “My Father’s Star,” a collection of covers and original songs performed by Oya. The album’s first single “Jesse,” a re-recording of the Janis Ian song made known by Roberta Flack, was released in honor of National Suicide Prevention Week, September 6-12. Oya recorded the new single to reach a wider audience and help launch another project under her “Spirit of Oya” brand – a new documentary series on suicide prevention, called “Perfect, Polished and Hurting.” In it, Oya interviews personalities from throughout her career, in a collection of vignettes about finding success after struggling with suicide.
Oya’s innovative strategies for connecting powerful messages to audiences have intrigued Fortune-500 corporations and major organizations around the country. Her same methods work incredibly well with students planning their future and envisioning next steps for their careers and education. Having first become a creative entrepreneur in high school, Oya relates personally to younger audiences, as she was the first American teenager to launch, own and operate a licensed model and talent management company. Wise beyond her years, her great eye and ability to bring the client’s vision to life landed her additional opportunities to cast, art direct, and produce events for some of the biggest artists and companies in the world before she graduated high school. She would go on to earn her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Loyola Marymount University, and her master’s degree in spiritual psychology at the University of Santa Monica.
Instilling a belief in her students that, “they can do whatever they want, no matter the circumstance,” she offers a fun, engaging curriculum centered around a “no excuse policy.” Oya speaks from her real-life experiences of growing up in Inglewood, California, with very little resources and limited access to opportunities. Students learn from her stories of overcoming rejection to learning how to believe and manifest dreams, and ultimately finding the path to one’s life’s purpose.
Along with bringing love, inspiration and strategies for success to every class or event, Oya shows clients how to heal what is out of tune, get clear, make soul-centered connections and create, so that they can feel truly “sound” and achieve their dreams. Through her performances, motivational speeches, master classes, and more, Oya has empowered many. Her mantra, “Don’t let anyone or anything dim your light – including yourself! Now, go out and shine like the STAR you are!”