At the age of five, Arika Kaosa was given an acoustic guitar as a birthday present. She taught herself to first play by ear with the radio and later moved on to reading music so she could join her middle school's jazz band. Her love for the guitar grew into a love for singing and songwriting and has gone on to perform in numerous alternative rock, hardcore, and punk bands as both a guitar player and vocalist. As a vocalist, she was recognized by New Jersey radio station WFMU as having one of the best voices of all female hard rock vocalists. She has toured nationally and internationally in projects of her own, as a session musician, and as a guitar technician for some of rock musics best up and coming bands. During her time at Columbia College Chicago, she performed regularly at guitar legend Buddy Guy's bar and restaurant "Buddy Guy's Legends" and at country icon Loretta Lynn's Ranch. Below are links to some of her current and past projects.