Born and raised in South Korea, Xia started singing at an early age in her church choir. After elementary school, her family emigrated to the U.S. Xia continued her music training
throughout Junior High School and High School, singing in Madrigals, Barbershop Quartets, Musicals and Chorale groups.
In college, while majoring in Film Studies, she met Vernon Martin. Martin, a bass player, had played with the legendary Roland Kirk, and he asked her to sing with him at a Santa Barbara Jazz Festival. Following that performance, she fronted several local jazz bands. Moving to Los Angeles after getting her B.A., Xia began writing and recording her own lyrics and music. In her song writing class at UCLA taught by David Batteau, she met her producer Double R and they teamed up to write and record her first album, Intimate.