Haben is much like any normal young girl. She loves to ice skate, swim, takes jazz dance lessons, and is a seasoned gymnast. Beyond the athleticism, Haben possesses a voice that is so controlled and mature… you would think your ears were playing tricks on your eyes. Born in Seattle, Washington, Haben comes from a musically diverse family. Her father, Mulugheta Abraham, is an engineer for the Boeing Company and plays various instruments. Her mother, Tiblets Abraham also loves music and dancing.
Both parents come from Eritrea, a small country on the eastern coast of Africa bordering Ethiopia and Sudan. In 1981, they moved to Holland where her two sisters, Lianda and Salina were born. In 1996, they moved to the US where Haben was born a year later.
Eritrea is a place that is no stranger to war and rebellion. For years, the country has fought for the independence from colonial power, which wasn’t granted until 1993. War and music go hand in hand. From gang wars in the Bronx to rebels in Jamaica, music is always at its purest when lives are on the line. Eritrea is no different, producing Ethiopian-like rhythms for artists like Haben’s idol Winta Efrem. In the early 80’s Winta’s parents fled the war in Eritrea and moved to Norway where Winta was raised. She’s an accomplished soul singer in Europe and is currently studying International Relations at London Metropolitan University. Not bad for a role model huh?
Since the age of 2, Haben has been belting out songs in more than one language (she sang in English, Dutch, and her native Tigrinia). It wasn’t until she was 7 that her musical gifts were noticed by her music teacher. She was a brilliant singer and actor and performed with no outside pressure. A star was born.
Haben has shared her talent with audiences across the West Coast. She wows crowds with her presence and performs with her sisters who share the same musical talents as she. “My sisters are the key to my success,” says Haben. “If it wasn’t for them I don’t think I could be singing at competitions or even try for a more serious adventure!” Haben and her sisters are diligent and write songs with enough quality to impress every engineer they’ve come across. Their goal is to produce their own project and call themselves "EriAm Sisters", which stands for Eritrean-American sisters. They wanted a band name that would highlight the uniqueness of their cultural makeup and the international aspect of their journey.
“I wanna be the next Hannah Montana”, proclaims Seattle’s little darling. Big shoes to fill for anyone, but Haben is determined and on the right track. Her confidence level and natural desire to sing is such that she shares her gift for anyone who wants to enjoy her voice! Her organic enthusiasm has prompted her parents to allow Haben to perform at concerts, talent shows, festivals and corporate fundraising events to pursue her dream of becoming a professional singer. Haben’s fan-base is rapidly growing and has viewed her and EriAm’s recorded performances and profile over 300,000 times on the popular YouTube.com website.
Although the little lady’s big voice readily takes on the challenging works of mega divas such as; Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, and Beyonce, she is extremely humble and eager to learn! One thing is certain; this little star has begun to soar and is destined to bling.
Haben’s family stands fully behind her desire to excel in the entertainment industry. At the same time, they want to make sure they provide all the ingredients that Haben needs to become a good citizen and well rounded young lady!
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