Awa has been writing songs since the tender age of ten and got her first publishing deal at Universal Music Publishing at age 15. Her 3X swedish Grammy nominated debutalbum called "Sounds Like Me" was released in 2002. (SONY, KRED) The then 19 year old Awa produced and programmed 9 out of 13 tracks on the album and co-produced 3. This earned her the first swedish Grammy "Producer of the year" nomination ever given to a female.
She's been lucky enough to have worked and written with several great talents in the industry such as Mark Hill(of the Artful Dodger), producer beheind the mega success of Craig David's debut, who co-wrote and produced the track "Look at me" on the album. She also had the great honour of accompanying Wyclef Jean on the arena The Globe in Stockholm filling in for Mary J Blige on the smash "911" as well as gracing the stage along side Wyclef and Will Smith on another occasion. Awa grew up in a small town called Uppsala, situated about an hour from the capital Stockholm and became a heavy comuter to the big city at a young age pursuing her dream of becoming a recording artist.
She was the youngest of 4 siblings in a house where music played a big part in everyday life. She grew up listening to Stevie Wonder, Alexander O'Neil, Randy Crawford to mention a few but it was the voice of another legendary singer, Whitney Houston that really caught Awas' attention and opened her mind to wanting to sing. She was about 7 when she first heard the singers debut album out of her mothers treasured record collection.
-I started lyp-syncing to her songs and tried to imagine how she looked singing it, she remembers. I wanted to get every whisper and nuance right and I was actually really good at it, she says smiling.
She made good use of those skills at the school talent shows and other school performances in which she and her friends often came up with a fitting choreography to the songs.
Awa later teamed up with some friends and formed a group, singing accapellas in the school- yard and taking every opportunity to perform in the school theater. Luckily, one of the teachers had a contact at local record label where the then 13 year old Awa had a chance to prove her vocal skills in what she describes as a nerve wrecking audition.
-I was completely terrified and tried to hide behind the "Popper Stopper", she says. She made an accapella performance of the song "Don't walk away" by the 90:s R'n'B trio Jade. Right after the first chorus she knew she was home, and that was her foot inside the door.
Her debut album “Sounds like me” was released in 2002 and featured 2 major Scandinavian radio hits: Behind Schedule and Hip Hop Ballad. Behind Schedule was the second most played video in Sweden that year and reached no 3 on the Norwegian sales chart. The album also credited Awa with 2 "Rockbjornen" nominations, (the swedish "Peoples choice awards") as well as 2 NRJ award nominations.
Awa has since been involved in numerous collaborations including hosting 6 tracks on french House/Hip Hop DJ guru Demons' album "Music that you wanna hear" out of which the single "In the Park" feat Mr Vegas stirred up a buzz both in France and in the U.K. The album also included a duet on the title track “Music that you wanna hear” with Buckshot of legendary US Hip Hop group Blackmoon.
The House collaboration single "Every word" (Ministry of sound/Hed Kandi) hit the airwaves in the U.K in the fall of 2007 created together with duo Tyken which started a wave of house music collaborations for Awa and she’s since then been on 3 “Annual” collections from Ministry of Sound and numerous other Ministry (and other) collections with songs like “Just a friend”, “I’ve been looking” “Hold on (breaking up)” etc. with Dj/producers like French House Dj Romain Curtis and massive U.K remix Dj Seamus Haji scoring airplay on dance music radio stations around the U.S. The song “Just a friend” peaked at no 2 on the UK club chart.
Another passion of hers is writing music for other artists and has since 2009 teamed up with one of Reggae world heaviest names, producer of the year 2010 in Jamaica, Kemar "Flava " McGregor. Together they scored one of the biggest reggae hits of 2009 with the song "One in a million" sung by Gramps Morgan, one of the family members of legendary group Morgan Heritages debut solo album. Other collaborations since then include songs for artists like reggae superstar Maxi Priest on the track "Like an angel" and "I know you love me" performed by reggae’s unofficial queen Etana for her 2012 release “Free expressions”. She also penned the lovers rock legend Sanchez’ hit “Bet you know” released late 2011.
Awa’s currently working intensely on her upcoming album.