Born in Minnesota to NuyoRican parents (New York-Puerto Ricans), Maria Isa began her arts education at El Arco Iris Center for the Arts in 1992, and quickly progressed from the role of student to the role of singer, songwriter, emcee, instructor and performing artist. Her 2007 M.I. Split Person​alities and 2009 release of Street Politics, has received much critical acclaim using her talent to create social change and labeling her as a woman proud of her heritage. Isa acted in the indie film Strike One in Hollywood with Danny Treo; and her recent solo project Valley of the Dolls has been creating a buzz with the release of her latest singles and videos for Sabotage and Maruca.