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Ayeesha

Country:United States
Info:Ayeesha is born in California, in 1976 and was signed to Grapetree Records in 1998. She released her debut album Listen Closely in 1999 and wrote and arranged all of the record's tracks.

Witness
Ayeesha played quietly in the front yard of her Southern California home when she heard gunshots. Her neighbor lay dead on his freshly cut grass. Ayeesha witnessed her innocent neighbor become the victim of a drive-by shooting at her tender age of 13 years old.
"I realized that bullets don't have names," said Ayeesha. "I saw that the stray bullets can hit anyone. That scared me off of gangs because I knew that that guy had no connections with gangs at all. I witnessed him being shot for no reason...and that hurt look in his family's eyes."

Fear
Ayeesha became a prisoner in her own home because simple freedoms like walking to the store were dangerous challenges. Ayeesha saw church and community activities as a way to escape her violent environment. She studied diligently to make the grades acceptable to her parents in order to participate in extra-curricular activities. She actively participated in theater, rapping, church, and sports.

Choice
Some of her friends chose to participate in gang activity, but she remained happy to escape to her studies. "I never participated in gangs because I was more afraid of my mother than I actually was of gangs," said Ayeesha. She graduated high school with a GPA of 3.5 and continued on to college in San Bernadino where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies.

Hip hop
Ayeesha never lost sight of her dream. She started Christian Rapping when she was 8 years old. One day her brother, desperate for a replacement in his rap group for a talent show, took Ayeesha in and made her a part of the group. She has never stopped rapping since.
"I rap to spread the message of hope to those who find themselves in hopeless situations," said Ayeesha. "I chose Christian Rap to let the world know who Jesus is through my music."

Music
When she was 19, she guested on the Dynamic Twins' album, 40 Days In The Wilderness (1995), and she also performed on a compilation record, NU Gospel. In addition, she contributed vocals to a God's Original Gangstaz CD, Pawns In A Chess Game (1998). In addition to working with God's Original Gangstaz, she provides background vocals on Mr. Real's 2000 release, Chosen One.

Release:Listen Closely
Listen Closely
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Media:[Audio CD]
Released:1999
Recordlabel:Grapetree Records
Info:1. Edge Of Life
2. Don't Wanna' Die
3. I'm Sorry
4. Believe It
5. Hold On
6. I Forgive U
7. 1, 2, 3
8. Listen Closely
9. Even Though
10. Roses
11. Will You Be Ready?
12. Dear God
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