“AleshaNicole” Mickens is a singer, songwriter, pianist, and arts educator. Her mother, a retired music teacher of 30 years with a M.A in Early Childhood Education, has been a great motivator and resource. Alesha grew up surrounded by musical talent and started singing and playing instruments at the age of 3. She began writing her own songs in middle school. Alesha graduated from Oakland University of Rochester Hills, MI with a double B.A in Spanish Language and Literature & Women and Gender Studies. From 2010-2015 she worked as a dueling piano player, traveling all over the United States to perform at various venues. During this time, she released two independent albums of her own original music: “Smiling Through Tears” (2012) and “Spread Love, Share Joy” (2014). AleshaNicole, as she is known artistically, is currently working on her third and fourth albums – “In Spirit, In Truth” and “Intertwine.” AleshaNicole, along with her husband and partner Aaron JM (concept artist, poet, and screenwriter), launched Look Up Visions in 2015. Look Up Visions is a creative outreach program empowering Metro Detroit through art-infused methods of healing, self-discovery, transformation, and achieving oneness. She currently works as a teaching artist with Living Arts Detroit, bringing arts-infused education into both in-school and out of school programs, including the Detroit Wolftrap early childhood program. Alesha also teaches piano lessons, vocal lessons, and tutors Spanish. She personalizes her lessons for each student’s interests and learning style, making it very creative and adventurous. Being able to pair her talent with her passion for people and their personal growth as her career gives her so much pleasure. Alesha is full of life, fun-loving, and she truly enjoys sharing her gift with the world.