ZAHIRA was born and raised in Canada. She began embracing her love of music at a young age when she became a gospel choir soprano vocalist. Within a few years, her family moved to the USA where she became more focused on refining her natural talents, realizing she was bound for a career in the arts. As a teenager, she became the front-woman of Soul Union, her first band, and ever since she has pursued her career as a singer, songwriter, and bandleader. Besides studying Jazz Vocals and Performance at Green Mountain College, ZAHIRA has independently trained in North Indian Classical Vocals, Sound Healing, Performance, Dance, and West African Drumming.