Born in Lexington, Kentucky, and raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan as the youngest of five siblings, Aneesa Leena Sheikh is half Pakistani and American. She grew up in an ice rink, training in competitive figure skating. Alongside her love for the sport, she simultaneously pursued her talent in and passion for music and performing by playing the guitar, singing, and songwriting. While graduating at the top of her High School class, on a spur she entered her first pageant and won the title of Miss Michigan Teen USA 2O2O fall of her senior year. After her father underwent a medical crisis, Aneesa, who was living with him at the time, turned the tough time into triumph by founding a non-profit organization, “Music4M.I.R.A.C.L.E.” that aims to spread music therapy. Aneesa describes herself as a proactive, strategic, and highly ambitious person, but also a compassionate and faithful friend, which is parallel to the literal definition of the name “Aneesa”.
Music has the power to transport us to another time and place. Aneesa loves to harness that power with a broad audience of fellow music lovers and passionate musicians alike. Ever since a young age, Aneesa has found great joy and satisfaction in making music and sharing it with fans and people all over the world.
Starting from the ripe age of eight years old, Aneesa fell in love with her sister skating to Santana’s, “Black Magic Women”. That was the impetus of her wanting to play electric guitar. Soon after she began taking lessons on a classical ¾ sized guitar and joined the youth choir. Every chance Aneesa got to perform in front of others she took, even if it was playing “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin in a neon green ankle cast at her 5th-grade talent show. At the age of fourteen, she began to song write on her grandfather’s twelve-string guitar. Soon after writing her first three songs, she was invited to perform on the “Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour” in Lexington, KY. From there on she turned her passion for music to her purpose in life. Aneesa attended IMTA (International Model and Talent Association Convention in New York the summer of 2019) where she won “Most Sought after Female Talent” and a scholarship to record an original song. After winning the title of Miss Michigan Teen USA 2020 she released her debut single, “Bad Thing” in January of 2020.