Figure Skater turned singer/song-writer, philanthropist and Miss Michigan Teen USA 2020, Aneesa Sheikh is making her mark on her Gen Z peers. She is set to release an upcoming single titled, "Red Lipstick" which shares a universal message of friendship, appealing to the pre-teen and teenage groups. Being a role for her generation, she has founded a non-profit organization, Music4M.I.R.A.C.L.E, where she hopes to give back through the sound of music.
Born in Kentucky and the youngest of 5 siblings, Aneesa was a go-getter from the start. Having an athletic family, she dabbled in swimming and skating leading her to pursue competitive skating, at the age of nine. At one point she was skating eight hours a day and traveling back and forth from Kentucky to Michigan to train. While she has a talent for skating and was captain of the varsity figure skating team at her high school, her true passion was for music. Inspired by Miley Cyrus, Aneesa learned to play the guitar at age 8.
The sooner she became comfortable with a guitar (acoustic and electric), she began to write her own music. One of her first singles "Bad Thing" was intended to open the eyes of teenagers to toxic relationships. The music video accumulated over 138k views on YouTube. Her most recent single "Tough Times" held an emotional note for her as it was written for her ailing father who has previously suffered from two strokes. She felt the underlying message explores resilience, determination and hope in response to anyone's personal trauma, timing this as a reminder for those needing courage and strength during these precedent times.
The young beauty may be in the beginning of her adult life, but it hasn't discouraged her from pursuing other passions such as philanthropic work. Her non-profit organization, Music4M.I.R.A.C.L.E. is an acronym for Music, Inspires, Reaches, Accepts, Captures, Loves, Equally. She founded the non-profit as she truly believed that music was a miracle to her father during his rehabilitation from his first stroke. Her goal through Music4M.I.R.A.C.L.E. is to spread music therapy and give hope to those who are experiencing a medical crisis. She has been given the opportunities to perform at many charities such as St. Jude's, the Healing Notes Foundation, and many rehabilitation and nursing centers. During COVID-19 and the shutdowns, she has Skyped with many institutions and singing for patients who have been isolated from many outside visitors.
Her dream is to live a life where she can utilize every talent and skill that she was born with to help others. Through her music, she hopes to encourage others to live a courageous life without regrets. Currently residing in Michigan, Aneesa likes to spend her free time dancing, jump roping and loves everything involving beauty and fashion.