AaLia's journey commenced in Montreal. It has been one of both awesome courage and of tenacity. A journey in which music has been a sustaining, encouraging, healing, and spiritually transforming force to voice passionate convictions.
The person who had the most influence on AaLia's music was her father, Norman Brooks. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Norman passed away on September 14th, 2006. Among the varied nostalgic song choices he covered, he also interpreted what he sang in his own unique style. He had written hundreds of original compositions, many that were moving ballads. Included, in his life long dedication to composing beautiful music, were dozens of Hymns written in Sanskrit. His voice had the heartfelt conviction to touch people's souls profoundly, often bringing his devoted fans to tears. The tender, raw emotion he was able to evoke from within people's hearts was a rare gift.
AaLia was born with "Osteogenesis imperfecta" (brittle-bone), which is a genetic disorder characterized by bones that break easily, often from little or no apparent cause. There are at least four recognized forms of the disorder, representing extreme variation in severity from one individual to another.