How Alina Baraz Went From Sneaking Into Choir to Collaborating With Khalid, 6lack and More

As the first in her Russian-Ukrainian family to grow up in America, Alina Baraz was raised in Cleveland on classical music, but soon fell for R&B. She was drawn to vocalists like Amy Winehouse, Adele and Corinne Bailey Rae, all of whom helped her realize, “I don’t have to belt my notes to be considered successful.” At 16, Baraz snuck her way into a gospel choir at Cleveland State University, and by 19 told her mother that in order to take her passion to the next level…


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