About Iman

“What inspires me as an artist are the many adversities and challenges I have gone through. When confronted with adversity, I am most inspired to write music.” – Iman

What’s in a Name?
Iman is an Arabic word that means faith – a name which Iman credits as her key to success. “It took faith in words, faith in my actions and faith in my heart to take the steps to make a life-changing commitment, a commitment of action that would enable me to realize my dreams and goals. For me, it all comes back to faith. Faith makes me believe that I can be or do anything,” says Iman, “and you can too!”
Growing Up in the Music Industry
Iman grew up in a household full of music. Her grandmother played gospel music while her grandfather played the piano in clubs known as Juke Joints. Both of Iman’s parents were in the music industry – her stepfather was with the renowned Stax Records, while her Mom was a recording artist with the equally renowned Fame Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. “I’ve had a passion and love for music for as long as I can remember. I was always around it so it came very naturally to me. No matter what other professions I’ve pursued in my life, I always come back to music,” says Iman, who was classically trained from the age of five and has garnered accolades in music competitions throughout her life.
From Tragedy to Triumph
Iman’s story is one of an inordinate amount of tragedy from the time she was born, but also an extraordinary amount of courage and faith, which is why she has been encouraged to write a book about her personal experiences. She is in the midst of working on it now.
Chiari – The Invisible Disease
In May of 2010, Iman starting experiencing excruciating headaches and alarming symptoms similar to that of Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. Her headaches were so severe that she was unable to sleep for three months. The doctors told her she wasn’t ill, that it was all in her mind, but Iman knew something was wrong. She spent days, weeks, searching her symptoms on the internet when she finally came across the name of a rare disease called Chiari. Iman found a support group on Facebook called Zipperheads for Chiari. They referred her to neurosurgeon, Dr. Rob Parrish, who confirmed that Iman did, in fact, have Chiari.

Chiari malformation is a condition in which brain tissue extends into the spinal canal. It occurs when part of the skull is abnormally small or misshapen, pressing on the brain and forcing it downward, resulting in an array of serious neurological symptoms and conditions from debilitating headaches to vision, hearing and speech problems, paralysis and even death. Chiari is known as an invisible illness because, like Iman, most people with this disease don’t appear to be sick.
Iman was rushed into emergency brain surgery. When she awoke, she told Dr. Parrish that she wanted to write music for the community of people suffering from Chiari, which became the inspiration for the album, Determination. A portion of the profits from this album goes towards research for finding a cure for this potentially deadly neurological illness.

While recovery from surgery was slow, and Iman still struggles with Chiari every day, it’s her faith that keeps her fighting, not only to survive but to beat this deadly disease. Iman is a one-of-a-kind dynamo with an evocative voice who believes that her music has the power to inspire and renew the thousands of people who are suffering from Chiari and any adversities they may face!

Iman's Music

Iman’s authentic sound takes you back to ‘phat grooves’ and ‘good ole’ southern soul. Her songs are about stories – love stories and other personal stories. They’re classic R&B songs that everyone can relate to. Influenced by Motown, The Sounds of Philly, The Sounds of Stax, Iman’s music is characterized by sweeping strings, piercing horns and thumping bass lines. With her memorable lyrics and exceptional musicianship, Iman artfully merges old school with new school – particularly the past musical eras of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s to the modern eras of the 90’s on into the 21st century to create a unique sound of vintage and classic soul that is uniquely her own.

Iman is often compared to Angela Winbush, Roberta Flack, and in particular, Patrice Rushen – who is one of the few female artists, like Iman, who not only plays an instrument but writes, sings, arranges and produces. Iman pays homage to Earth, Wind and Fire, Marvin Gaye, Frankie Beverly and Maze and The Emotions (background harmony) for their musical influences.

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Phone: 281-690-2747
E-mail: info@imanheartandsoul.com
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