Moroccan-Canadian singer-songwriter and musician best known for her track “Tears Of Gold”. Born in Morocco, she moved with her family to Canada at a young age. During that time she learned how to play various instruments, and began composing her first songs. She released several singles and collaborated with many musicians on vocals and songwriting prior to releasing her debut extended play (EP), Stripped, in August 2020.
Faouzia Ouihya was born in Casablanca, Morocco and moved with her family at the age of one to Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Manitoba in Canada, before settling in the rural town of Carman, Manitoba She has two sisters: Samia (one of her managers) and Kenza (her photographer).She was raised Muslim and often traveled to her native country. Faouzia said she feels “very connected to the country and the region [North Africa]. Even though I grew up in Canada, I grew up eating Moroccan food, [and] wearing Moroccan attire. In an interview she revealed she felt excluded as a child, saying “maybe not just fitting in is the biggest thing I’ve had to overcome”. Her first composition was inspired by this feeling of exclusion, in which she embraced people’s differences. Her passion for music began at the age of four when she watched her sister Samia playing the piano, wishing she could learn how to play it Faouzia began writing songs and poems when she was five years old and playing piano at the age of six. She later studied how to play guitar and violin She speaks fluent English, French, and Arabic; the latter being the one she mostly used with her family.