Rotana was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, a beautiful, complicated place and one of the most conservative environments in the world. In 2013, Rotana moved to the U.S. on an employee scholarship from Saudi Aramco, the largest oil company in the world, fully owned by the Saudi government. She immediately began to pursue music while attaining her Masters degree at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism. With music, came a path to better understanding herself and what she wanted. Rotana quit her job to pursue music full time.
Rotana debuted her project at The 2017 Sundance Film Festival “A Celebration of Music and Film Concert”. She shared the stage with Common, Andra Day, Jim James, Hunter Hayes, Peter Dinklage, Ava DuVernay and more.