Ionie is a rare blend of bold and vulnerable, spinning a wry, honest soul-pop while drawing on her roots in jazz and rock.
Ionie grew up fast under two roofs in San Francisco. Her father, an amateur jazz musician, was addicted to opiates for most of his life. Her mother, a dancer and art historian from Mexico City, together with her stepfather, provided a stark contrast. Despite years of conflict, her parents fostered a creative environment for Ionie, who began singing at the age of 6.
By the time she was 13, Ionie was tired of pretending things were fine and walked out of her father's life. "I asked him not to contact me until he got his shit together...we didn't talk for a year."
She was driven to expose her reality, and music became her outlet. In high school, Ionie took a songwriting and production course where she wrote and recorded her first song, "Everything's Making Me Cry," a title she now chuckles at.
Ionie moved to New York at 17 to study music. Her debut album (April 2015) explores her struggle with love, identity, time and transformation through an intimate collection of original songs.