Ever since I can remember, I’ve been singing, dancing and writing songs to express myself,” she said. “I grew up in New York City, attending a school with kids of various ethnicities. When we moved to the Midwest, I began to notice kids with blue eyes were getting comments on how gorgeous their eyes were, and no one seemed to mention my dark eyes. Being a very social kid, I wanted to stand out, but I didn’t feel like I did. That’s how my song, “Dark Eyes,” started blossoming into my message for equality and friendship.