Pepper Proud was raised in the small Appalachian valley town of Lewisburg, West Virginia where her love of music and storytelling began. Influenced in part by her Appalachian culture, she picked up the guitar and mandolin and began to write and play her own style of Folk & Americana music.
She moved to Santiago, Chile during high school where she developed an interest in language and the impact that music can have on culture. With her new found passion for how music can influence perspective, she headed off to Radford University to study Music Therapy & Performance Arts.
In 2007 she moved out West and settled in Seattle where she found her niche participating in the "Round" sessions; multimedia performances at the Fremont Abbey that brought together a lot of artists in the Folk/Indie scene.
Her first solo album "Riddles & Rhymes"(2012) was released in 2012 and in the top 10 for the Seattle Folk Music Charts in 2013- the debut album received a fair amount of national publicity from The Seattle Weekly, Indie-Music.com, Performer Magazine, Beat-Surrender, Kithfolk, and internationally through the reputable UK based Folk-Words Blog.
That same year she began playing with the local Seattle band Citta Flow; a world electronic music project, where she met Masaru Higasa and Jeff Kimes- after a few performances together they teamed up with visual artist - Kaizen and performance artist/arealist Kirra Lien and formed - The Yaima Music Project.
Yaima released it's first album "Pellucidity"(2014) in Oct 2014 through Jumpsuit Records- a record label/artist collective committed to social change through hands-on community action days, educational workshops and gatherings that foster building and nurturing regenerative and sustainable communities. Alongside the release of Yaima's "Pellucidity"(2014), Proud released her second solo album "The Water Chapter"(2014). A folk music album devoted to the essential elemental companion- Water.
Her message is simple- it's time to share the love. love. love.