about saharaa

Saharaa was about two years old when she found her voice. Often joyfully singing nursery rhymes very loudly and passionately whilst washing the dishes. Saharaa shares a birthday with David Bowie and Elvis Presley, so maybe a future in music was somehow written in the stars.

Saharaa was born and raised on Waiheke Island, a small island off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand. Waiheke has thriving music scene and Saharaa was able to  spend her childhood performing locally.  She spent her pre-teen years on the stage singing, dancing and acting, including Carols by the Sea, Waiheke Theatre productions, The Waiheke High School Choir and regularly busking at the local Waiheke market. Saharaa began songwriting at about ten years old and entered and won talent shows in her teenage years, including The 4.30 Show's nationwide singing competition, winning her prized Takamine guitar. Saharaa spent many hours trying to perfect Taylor Swift, her first musical idol. Saharaa was an obsessed fan at a young age and Taylor Swift was  her first very proudly owned CD.

Saharaa went onto study a Bachelor of Music at the UOA majoring in Pop Music, a renowned degree and stepping stone to the industry that has produced artists like  Navvy, Ash Wallace (Foley), Fazerdaze. Post graduation Saharaa spent the next two years hitting the gigging scene, crafting her originals  and performing at many respected music venues across Aotearoa. Saharaa was lucky enough to feature on The Team Ball Player Song alongside many NZ music greats with the song charting on the NZ Top 40. 

Saharaa also has a big love of fashion. Her current obsession is a Nike shoe collection. When Saharaa is not writing songs she is designing and working on her fashion baby, a dream collaboration with her sister Sanchia, featuring Saharaa's merch.

Saharaa's current musical influences include Lennon Stella, Gracie Abrams, Cxloe.

Saharaa released her debut single 'Never Leave' in May 2023. The song was received with favorable reviews and placed on NZ Music Month Playlist and NZ on Air - New Tracks May 2023. 

Saharaa released her second single 'Getting Better' in December 2023 which was featured on NZ on Air -New Tracks January 2024. The song has received both national and international airplay.