The name Noraay, is taken from the Arabic word ‘Nor’ meaning light. This moniker is appropriate because Noraay spreads light wherever she goes. However, the decision to sing brought some serious challenges for the talented artist.
“In my culture women do not get up on stage and perform,” she explains. “Traditionally women would not be expected to expose themselves to a mixed audience in that way.”
Noraay soon realized that living up to other people’s expectations was not her path in life. She pursued a musical career as a form of personal expression and to encourage other women to follow their dreams. Like a young Sade with a head wrapped in Baduizm, and a hint of Arabia, her mix of Neo-Soul, R&B, and Hip Hop, rises above the superficial and inspires listeners to spread love and positivity.