Angelina Adi, a 23-year-old Georgia-born singer/songwriter, has been belting out tunes since she was a tot. She found herself drawn to female singers who were famous for their signature deep, raspy voices. She is inspired by singers like Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, and more recently, Adele; however, she credits India Arie as her primary influence.
Feeling the song, fulfilling the fantasy, and living out the dream are all very important to Angelina Adi, but nothing is more important than being a positive role model. “I don't want people to want to be like me because Iʼm on stage or because I can sing. I want them to look up to me because Iʼm a positive person and a good influence on people. I was raised by a very strong, independent woman who taught me to never allow myself to be put in vulnerable situations. If youʼre going to put yourself in the public eye in a negative manner, thatʼs your choice but I choose to be a strong, independent woman. I choose to be a positive role model."