“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
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 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.