Lina started as a songwriter for other established artists but released her debut album, Stranger On Earth, in 2001. She gained attention and popularity across the US and United Kingdom with songs like, “It’s Alright,” “Playa No More,” “Smooth,” and “I’m Not the Enemy.” Her modern day homages to legends from the Harlem Renaissance and Motown era have delighted music critics, and her catchy hooks and inspirational lyrics make her music immediately approachable.
Despite her success, Lina departed from the major label she was signed to and went on to create a record label of her own, Moodstar Recordings. This allows her to have more control over her message as an artist and to focus more on inspiring her listeners than on attaining commercial success.
Lina not only sings about socially significant issues, she walks the talk. Her involvement with charitable organizations includes The National Campaign, an organization that provides AIDS and safe sex education to inner city teens all over America. This same issue was at the center of Lina’s collaboration with Jurassic 5’s Akil and EarthTones founder Frank Fitzpatrick for the title song for the film Reflections. Lina has worked with Fitzpatrick on music for a number of other EarthTones campaigns, including her recent participation in the international collaborations of socially conscious hip hop artists for Beat The World. As part of the Beat the World soundtrack from EarthTones and Hip Hop Connect, Lina will be featured on the title track “Hip Hop Nation” with KRS-One and K’naan (Somalia) and “Must Be The Music” with Les Nubians (France/Cameroon) and MV Bill (Brazil). Lina is also spotlighted in the upcoming documentary Urban Roots, a film about Detroit’s urban farming movement. Lina’s latest album, Morning Star, was released in 2008. She has a release in the works for Summer 2011 and continues to tour, entertain and inspire around the world.