Angelina Kolobukhova was born and raised in Minsk, Belarus. She started classical piano lessons when she was 5 years old. At 8 years old, she fell in love with singing when she met her voice teacher, Veronika Yanovskaya, who introduced Angelina to jazz music and sparked the fascination with Ella Fitzgerald’s improvisation and Ray Charles’s soulful singing. While receiving her primary education, Angelina participated in international vocal competitions and festivals in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), attending masterclasses and meeting like-minded musicians. In addition to jazz music, Angelina also became inspired by soul artists like Stevie Wonder and Jill Scott, and she released her first single, Off the Road when she was 17.
Through the encouragement of her parents, Angelina started learning English from a young age. At 17 she was awarded a scholarship to attend Adelphi University’s Honors College on Long Island, NY and moved to the United States in the summer of 2018. Initially, she intended to follow her parents’ footsteps in medicine, but later she decided to pursue music and ended up double-majoring in Music, Jazz Studies and Cognitive Neuroscience. Angelina graduated summa cum laude from Adelphi in May 2022.
In 2021 and 2022, Angelina participated in the Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency, being mentored by artists like Melissa Aldana and Ari Hoenig and having performed at the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival. Currently Angelina performs in New York City and the tri-state area, most recently having collaborated with Sofar Sounds, NPR Live @HOME Sessions, the Hartford Jazz Society, and the New Brunswick Jazz Project. Angelina has sung at venues like Ornithology Jazz Club, Birdland Jazz Club, Room623, the Flatiron Room, Chelsea Table + Stage, and others. She currently studies with Paul Adkins and JD Walter in addition to writing her own music and teaching voice and piano.