Born January 4, 1994, Brooklyn native Aja was determined to make a name for themselves. Aja excelled at school, easily surpassing classmates and impressing instructors at magnet school, New York Fashion Industries. It was through the realm of fashion, cultural, and historical studies that Aja became to discover the art form of drag. Aja’s schooling, coupled along with that fact they lived in the heart of Brooklyn’s burgeoning drag scene, propelled Aja to begin trying drag for the first time.
Eventually leaving their education to pursue drag full time, Aja was determined to rise to the scene in Brooklyn. That hard work paid off when Aja won the now legendary title of Miss Williamsburg in 2014. Other titles followed such as Ms. Bushwig, Brooklyn Nightlife’s Drag Queen of the Year, and Vincent Cooper’s Lady Liberty. Aja’s rising critical success in New York’s Drag scene and their ability to translate high fashion coupled with intense performance ability earned them a coveted slot on LogoTV’s and VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 9.
Aja rose to popularity on the program for their sharp tongue, zany attitude, and iconic facial expressions. Even though they placed ninth on the program, producers wanted to see more. The following year, Aja was asked to appear on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Season 3. As an All Star, Aja showed a different side to their art-form by bringing it to the runway and introduced a side of their artistry that was always a desire to explore: music.
Dating back a decade earlier, Aja’s notebooks were filled with amateur lines and corny raps. However, these were the beginnings of the career Aja would later embark on. After RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3, Aja began penning their debut EP, later titled, In My Feelings.
In My Feelings featured six tracks, including ‘Finish Her’ and ‘Brujería,’ and introduced Aja as a serious rapper and lyricist in the game. Critics agreed that In My Feelings packed referential intellect at the intersection of house music, trap music, and an overall captivating sound to the masses.
Expect more music and performances in a city near you from Aja…