Shanelle Mitchell “Kazayah” was born & raised in the city of Evanston that borders Chicago.
She was born to two Jamaican parents making her a 1st generation Jamaican born in the United States. She grew up in the 7th Day Adventist Church from her youth and that has given Kazayah a deep spiritual essence in her music. She is used to singing at her church from a very young age.
After connecting with local producer Ras Wadadah II, who exposed her to original roots-reggae, she found a deep love for the King’s music. Her music is regarded as angelic when hearing her soft melodic voice and her uplifting lyrics in praise of the Most High.