Anisa has often been compared to artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Joni Mitchell, and Jewel. She delivers a heart-felt mix of folk and pop, consistently delighting audiences with her relatable stage presence and intimate, story-telling lyrics. She has been described as "a spark of musical light", "provocative" and "poetic". Her lyrics are simple, honest, and rich in vivid detail. Many are cathartic. One fan explained: "It's like therapy... it's sincere. When she performs, it's as if she's in your living room."
The themes that run through Anisa's songs tend to highlight the human experience. She writes about overcoming pain and the struggles of the downtrodden, but does so from an uplifting perspective. She writes sweet songs about childhood memories and silly songs about frivolous things. She also pens songs inspired by the writings of the Baha'i Faith. Her lyrics are sometimes playful, sometimes nostalgic, and sometimes heart-wrenching.
Born into a musical family, Anisa began her journey as a child who loved to write poetry and sing. She started piano lessons at age nine and by age twelve she was strumming her father's guitar and writing songs. She sang in school choirs and talent shows then studied music at Michigan State University. She started performing in coffee houses, clubs and festivals, eventually opening for national acts. She spent six years in Nashville where she co-wrote pop, Americana, and alt-country songs for other artists, sang on demos and played at writers showcases including performing at the Bluebird Cafe. She currently calls Michigan home.