Reggaeton artist Adassa owes her multinational appeal in no small part to her upbringing. She was born in Miami, FL, to Colombian parents, but relocated shortly thereafter to St. Croix, Virgin Islands. She was exposed from a young age to a wide array of musical styles and languages. Adassa began singing regularly in church, apprenticed by her mother, which whet her appetite for vocal training. She soon pursued instruction in music theory and opera while simultaneously exploring interest in writing, publishing her poetry as early as age ten. She was offered a number of familial inroads to the music industry, including recording gospel records alongside her mother and joining groups organized by her promoter/producer brother.