Born and raised in East St. Louis, IL, Arama was introduced to music and the arts at a very early age. With her mother being a music teacher of over 25 years and her father being a professional actor and trained dancer, Arama drew inspiration from both parents. With years of training in singing, piano, and dance under her belt, Arama began performing in musical theater with the Black Ensemble Theater of Chicago.
After graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Arama decided to leave the country and traveled around Asia. For a year, Arama spent time in Japan, South Korea, and China (Beijing) where she taught English and occasionally performed. After this experience, she traveled back to the US and moved to New York City to pursue her dream. While living in NYC, Arama continued down her musical path, performing at various Manhattan clubs including Village Underground, Soul Cafe, and Sugar Bar. After only a month in New York, she was introduced to Platinum songwriter Balewa Muhammed of The Clutch, where she began recording and was trained in both writing and studio recording.
Arama has worked with many talented producers and artists, including Toby Gad, Stargate, Hannah Montana, Enrique Iglesias, Boa Kwon, Diplo, Major Lazer, TokiMonsta, Fabolous, and others. She cites artists such as Debbie Harry, Lauryn Hill, and OutKast as influences. Being an avid listener of Blues, Rock, and Soul, Arama’s music can be best described as a hybrid of all three genres.