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Lina's sound crosses several music genres including Jazz, Soul, Hip-hop, Gospel and Pop. A lyricist, Lina's depth puts you in the mind of Lauren Hill or Mos Def. In 1998, Lina got her first big break as a songwriter by penning a tune for Tyrese's self-titled debut album. Lina proved herself to also be a solid songwriter, penning "Ain't Nothing Like a Jones" for Tyrese. A musician's musician, who sings classical music in eight languages, Lina writes all of her songs, and her delivery is sometimes reminiscent of the great Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn. In spite of many comparisons, she’s an original. Her sound is fresh and in its own lane. Lina's Stranger On Earth debut was released in 2001. The critically acclaimed album was named as one of "2001's Top 10 albums of the year" by Billboard magazine. The album turned out the US hit, “It’s Alright” and the hip-hoperatic UK hit, “Playa No More” plus “I’m Not The Enemy” which was featured in the 20th Century Fox Film, High Crimes. Critics praised the disc's bold theme, a syncopation of music past and present: with its combination of classic and modern sounds. Lina's sophomore album The Inner Beauty Movement was released on Hidden Beach/Moodstar/Universal in 2005 and produced such hits as "Smooth", the steppers anthem and "Leaving You." With rave reviews from UK’s The Sunday Times and Vibe Magazine, The Inner Beauty Movement showed Lina’s fans that she was committed to creating consistently good music.