Against all odds, I was adopted in 2001 at three and a half years old as an orphan from Siberia, Russia. Within seven weeks in my new home in Briarcliff Manor, New York, I was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease, Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS, type VI), also known as Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome. My outlook was bleak and was given the diagnosis of an early death, but I beat all odds!
At an early age, I have learned the meaning of giving back early in life and I hope to make a difference in the world. I knew the stage was my home, and a way for me to make an impact. By the age of eight, I sang on the stage at Radio City Music Hall; at thirteen, I auditioned for X-Factor and of the 11,000 contestants, I made it to the Producer level of 500 which was incredible feat. At age 18, through my desire to pursue my singing passion, I auditioned for a spot on the stage of Carnegie Hall and I got it! Carnegie Hall was my most memorable and incredible experience. Not only did I sing, I was part of the “Florence Foster Jenkins” movie trailer for Paramount Pictures! I knew at that moment that the camera was my life, my home! I write my own music through dedication, hard work and passion for the arts.