Indiana's first few years of life were spent in the big city of Paris and raised in the rural mountains of Switzerland, Indiana experienced the world in a way few would understand. Her Swiss father, a photographer, and her American mother, a model, opened her ideas to possibilities the world had to offer at a young age. Traveling around the world with her family showed Indiana diversity and acceptance that influenced her.
As a baby, her mother noted the powerful influence music greats like Aretha Franklin, had in making her smile. At the age 6, Indiana announced to her parents her dream to be a singer. Unrelenting, Indiana finally persuaded her parents to help her obtain the dream with classical singing and piano lessons.
Strong and self determined, nothing stood in her way. At school, Indiana experienced prejudice to the point of being bullied both verbally and physically. Though she changed schools, her fight did not end. Her idealistic view became clouded with the realities of an often-cruel world. Taking refuge from the brutalities around her, she spent hours practicing her piano and singing to her cat. Indiana discovered her passion for Soul, Blues, RnB and Pop music. The influences of the pain and problems felt when listening to these songs helped Indiana to strengthen her core beliefs. Her motto became: “Why be the same when you can be different?”.
Embracing her newfound drive, Indiana set out to achieve her goals. Her first concert found her fearlessly impersonating Britney Spears in front of a few hundred people. In 2003, Indiana and her family moved to Zurich where she studied in the Jazz department of the Conservatory of Music. Two years later, she was the first singer admitted to the Performing Arts School for gifted students.
At a meeting with the director of the Conservatory, he asked Indiana what she wanted to do when she “grows up”. Indiana responded that she wanted to be a singer. Faced with the reality of little monetary success in Switzerland, she told the director, “No problem. I will follow my dream wherever it takes me.”
At 13 years of age, Indiana continued to climb up towards her goal. She started writing and composing her own songs-drawing on her many and varied life experiences as inspiration. Two years later she won an anti littering song contest for her self-composed song, “Gone But Not Forgotten.” This honor included a prize of her single published on a compilation CD.
Not to be put down by anyone, Indiana applied to Zurich University of Arts. Without having any knowledge of music theory, and told she would never pass her exams, Indiana became more determined. Her hard work paid off as she was accepted.
Recently, Indiana released a CD in collaboration with the Swiss rapper C-Beat. Themes drawn from personal experiences of “being bullied” to “imaginary loves” resonate throughout. The album reached number 20 in the charts of the Grisons in Switzerland.
Building on this achievement, Indiana’s long time singing teacher and mentor, Susanne Peterson, prepared Indiana for the audition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Furthering her growth as a musician, Indiana is now studying at the Berklee College of Music, singing and composing.