From the Zaire to the USA! This Portland raised R&B singer/songwriter is on her way to super stardom! With a name like as unique like hers Ngalula Dodier pronounced Na'Lula Dodier. At the early age of 8 years old she was belting out Natural Women by the Great Areatha Franklin, Mariah Carey, and Deborah Cox in her parents living room. A few very short years later she was writing songs. She states that " I remember I was like 10 or 11 and I was listing to Mariah Carey and I was wanting to write and sing just like her! I would sing for hours matching her voice with mines and I would begin to come up with my own melodies and lyrics!" Her parents put her in piano lessons and she studied for a summer with a neighborhood piano teacher. In 1998 Ngalula had her very first recording studio experience in school project called "can't be caught" doing a duet with a fellow classmate/child hood friend called "its about time" a song inspired from male R&B singer, Ginuwine's song entitled "I'll do anything/I'm sorry"