Thursday, February 07, 2013

Aflame with Song and Scent

by Zinta Aistars
Published by Rapid Growth Media
Thursday, February 7, 2013

Aziza Poggi and Aria Flame (Photo by Adam Bird at

From pounding headaches and busted foot bones, good things are born. Really. Ask Aziza Poggi.

If pain is the mark of birthing art forms, Poggi has paid her dues. Headaches from the alcohol fumes in most perfumes led her to creating her own fragrances, and foot surgery from too many hours on too high heels put her in a wheelchair to brood and heal. And brooding, or getting serious, as Poggi puts it, led her to voice lessons at Grand Rapids Community College.

It was a matter of finesse, because Poggi is more at home on stage than off, and she has been on stage for a long time and belting out songs even longer.

"I was a shy child, so my mother put me into acting classes," she says, and it worked. Poggi worked acting gigs from the age of 14 until about four years ago. Her ethnic background being one of Lebanese, Egyptian, and Italian roots, her dark and sultry Middle Eastern looks kept her busy enough on screen, doing local commercials and taking parts in independent films. "But when I spent a 10-hour day working on an Alltel commercial and my part got cut, that was it, not my ... "


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