Recording Artist | Keynote Speaker | Teaching Artist
Fatima was born in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina to loving parents and two older sisters but her upbringing was everything but ordinary. When she was ten, the civil war broke out in Bosnia and she was forced to flee to Croatia seeking shelter from the violence. After spending over three years in Croatia she went back to Bosnia where she saw the destruction and devastation war left in its wake. It was during this time she learned that both of her parents had been in concentration camps during some of the worst fighting and hearing stories like these made her even more resolute on dreaming and seeking a better future. She told her parents that she wanted to come to the United States in hopes of completing her education and when an opportunity presented itself she took it with both hands which landed her in St. Louis when she was sixteen. She later moved to Rochester, NY where she graduated high school and received her Bachelors and Masters in Information Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Throughout her life Fatima’s escape was always music. Listening, singing along and dancing as if nobody’s there were favorite activities for her. In her spare time she recorded herself singing her favorite songs and proudly showed it off to her friends. But it wasn’t until she had achieved professional success that she realized something was missing from her life. Despite the fact that she had achieved her mission of getting a degree and finding a good job, she wasn’t fulfilled with her life. It was in this moment that she realized that she had forgotten her lifelong companion – music! It was music all along she had been searching for but was afraid to pursue such an idealistic career.
Fast forward to today … Fatima has performed in front of 20,000+ people on 100+ stages across the nation leaving behind a trail of inspiration, motivation and human connection. She combines story telling with live music to inspire and entertain audiences. Her ability to transform and connect with her audiences is impeccably delivered through personal stories of adversity and overcoming external and internal obstacles with a triumphant musical explosion of sound.