Aliah Mahalati is the daughter of Dr. Kamran Mahalati and Rachael Linney. She was born in Lubbock, Texas, but has lived in Jackson, Tennessee for most of her life. Growing up, she loved music and theater, but her first performance in a musical was in 6th grade when she played Veruca Salt inWilly Wonka. Since then she has also played Annie in Annie Jr.and has participated in several musicals and plays, including Zombie Prom, The Little Mermaid, The Music Man, Snow White in the 70's,and The Branchman. In her freshman year, Aliah placed 1st chair Soprano I in the All Northwest Jr High Honor Choir.