As an actress onstage and on television, Toms River, New Jersey-born performer Anjelia Pelay has stolen the heart of wrestler Randy Orton, charmed Gene Simmons, and channeled both Britney Spears and the Beatles with equal aplomb. But for Anjelia (say it anj-uh-LEE-uh!), all that acting was just a warm-up for her true passion: music.

As a true performer at heart, she brings an exciting, theatrical flair to the often-staid world of singer-songwriter fare. Anjelia’s soulful, hook-laden contemporary country-pop has won industry kudos from the likes of producer Rodney Jerkins and former Styx bassist/vocalist Glen Burtnik, with whom she regularly performed in his celebrated Beatlemania shows. Besides guest starring frequently in Burtnik’s productions, she’s sung backup for Patty Smyth, and opened for John Carter-Cash, Rachel Platten,  Jeffrey Gaines, and Nicole Atkins. The Aquarian dubbed her “worth watching” after one of her early performances in Manhattan, and the Trentonian recently called her a “multi-talented” “statuesque beauty” who is “the total package.”

Then came the big move to LA from the east coast in 2012. Anjelia met her producer after performing at one of her shows at Skinny’s Lounge in North Hollywood. Then shortly after, she started writing sessions and crowd funding with a small tour on the east coast before recording the new album.

Pelay also has a residency with her band at Howl At The Moon in Universal Studios Hollywood that has been on-going since early 2014. HATM asked her to return and continue her residency in 2015.

The first single off the new EP was released on the anniversary date of her late father’s passing: Feb. 1st. He was her muse. The EP features an autobiographical song called “Heart Of Gold” about her father who passed away from cancer not long ago. Pelay says, “He was my best friend and my greatest influence both as a person and musician. The best thing for me was putting my memories of him to music. That song is definitely my favorite on the new album for many reasons but mainly because it is so close to my heart.”

The EP “The Heart Decides”, was recorded at WAX Ltd studios in Los Angeles, CA with producer Brian Blake and features six original songs.