NIA is a Philadelphia-based Alternative R&B artist and creative entrepreneur.
She was born in Queens, New York to Trinidadian parents. She started songwriting at the age of 7 under the influence of artists such as Sade, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder & Donny Hathaway. Other influences includes musical roots, Calypso and Soca. By her junior year of high school, she was already cutting her teeth as a music producer; this was the time she began to find her authentic voice.
After spending her early childhood in Trinidad & Tobago, she relocated to Brooklyn, then to Pennsylvania. She would later attend Shippensburg University, where she received a B.A in English and Womens & Gender Studies. During her time there, NIA began to perform and collaborate with other artists. In her senior year, she formed her production company, Chill Room Records.