Robert Steven "Bob" Ayala was born on March 9, 1951 and raised in Whittier, California. On August 25, 1972, Bob married Pamela Jean Vandevier in Los Angeles. Ayala first began performing publicly at Salt Company, a Christian coffee shop in Los Angeles, in 1969. Soon after, Ayala, who is blind due to Retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic condition, also toured, performing with his wife as a folk duo. However, he did not release his first album until 1976's Joy By Surprise, which was recorded by Buddy King and featured members of Koinonia as guests. He was then voted "Best New Artist" in a poll by CCM in 1976. He released two albums on Myrrh Records soon after.
At one point during the 1970s Bob Ayala was touring with Andraé Crouch throughout the United States.
Bob and Pam Ayala moved to the Lindale, Texas area in October 1983 to serve with Last Days Ministries. In 1992, while still based in East Texas, Bob went out on his own, continuing doing concert tours nationwide. Also in the early 1990s he signed with Integrity Music as a songwriter, as well as self-produced two CDs under his own label, Creation Heart Music. In 2000, the couple and their five children moved to Nashua, New Hampshire where Ayala served as a worship pastor with Grace Fellowship Church. Pam died on May 13, 2008 from cancer. At the end of 2016 Ayala retired and moved back to East Texas where he currently lives with one of his sons and his family.
- Joy By Surprise (Pure Joy Records, 1976)
- Wood Between the Worlds (Myrrh Records, 1978)
- Journey (Myrrh, 1980)
- Rescued (Pretty Good Records, 1985)
- Meet Me At The Summit (Creation Heart Music, 1996)
- Who Was This Man (Creation Heart Music, 1997)
- Then and Now (Creation Heart Music, 2012)
- Don Cusic, Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music. Greenwood Press, 2010, p. 7.
- Mark Allan Powell, Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music. Hendrickson Publishers, 2002, pp. 61-62.
- Discogs 1978 and 1980 Myrrh Records Releases Bob Ayala Discography at Discogs