Ariana Shring Holly
Born: February 25, 2001 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Ariana Shring is an actress, singer and member of the vocal group Holly Girlz. She was born on February 25, 2001 in Washington, D.C. to parents, Obi and Carla Holly. Also known as “Chocolate City”, Washington, D.C. proved itself culturally nurturing; being raised amongst a rich backdrop of traditional African religion, Pan-African community and a wealth of artists and educators city-wide. The impact is felt in Ariana’s wholistic world-view, sharp intellect, and quick wit.
She was encouraged by her parents, both artists and producers, to express her creative interests at an early age. While a kindergarten student at The Children’s Studio School she demonstrated a penchant for drawing and by the end of the first grade was creating rather sophisticated artwork for such a young child. It helped that her teacher (Malia Salaam) was a professional painter whom allowed her to use various mediums. Although very young, her artwork was sold at two auctions to benefit the school.
An avid singer and primary ballet dancer, she also voiced an interest in acting. During first grade, she performed in two school productions: an African-American History play “Get on the Bus” where she portrayed “Mrs. Rosa Parks”, and a school-wide musical “Fantastic Voyage” where she played a “Sunflower”. The next year (2nd grade) she performed in the Latin American History Fair and Winter Concert as a vocalist and dancer. In a Spring Festival, she sang with a chorus and showed her new chops in a guitar ensemble. The following year, she earned the leading role in a theatrical presentation as “Nana Yaa Asantewa” in “Umoja: A Kwanzaa Celebration”, and recited poetry in a “March On Washington 50th Anniversary Celebration”. At age 8, she co-hosted the “Ari & Sanefer Show” for the Colors Network alongside her younger sister Maasatimbala Sanefer Miling. The two younger Holly sisters joined the Holly Girlz group in 2011, following their sisters Amsara Sekhita Mai and Taia Maati Khum, who formed the group in 2009.
In the fall of 2011, her parents relocated the family to Los Angeles, CA to give their daughters a better foundation to pursue the girls’ dreams of entertainment success. Shortly thereafter, in early 2013 the Holly Girlz created a substantial following on their YouTube channel through doing covers of popular artists music, which showcased classics and contemporary tunes: from Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind” to TLC’s ”Waterfalls” and Beyonce’s “Listen”. Ariana in particular, shines on “I’m Yours” by Jason Maraz. In addition, Ariana developed the comedic character “Shagley” for a YouTube show “The 70s Club” she created with her younger sister.
While her elder sisters had previously released the first Holly Girlz single “Like Yeah” before Ariana and Sanefer joined to form a quartet, in 2013 the Holly Girlz released their second single "Wind It Up Like (Chuck Brown)". This track pays homage to the creator and “Godfather of Go-go” music, the acclaimed jazz and funk musician Chuck Brown, while highlighting D.C.’s iconic go-go music sound. They received accolades in the underground DMV (Washington, DC/Maryland/Virginia) music scene. Intent on building a Holly Girlz presence, the quartet also launched their website in 2013 - further expanding the Holly Girlz brand, which features the groups videos and includes the Holly Girlz fashion blog "SoHG". Ariana Shring also joined her sisters - cast in leading roles - in filming "Destiny Depot"(2013), an independent sci- fi film. Her recent performances include a school production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (2015) and the Holly Girlz L.A. debut at First Fridays’ (2016).
In addition to acting and singing, she readily engages in creating concepts and writing film treatments, as she sees film directing in her near future. Her interests also include drawing, video gaming, app design & development, sewing (fashion design), studying metaphysics & quantum physics, reading and swimming. Referencing her expectations of success, Ariana firmly lives by the credence that, “There are no mistakes. Fate already has everything set in stone.” She is currently working on the first Holly Girlz album with her sisters, while pursuing TV and film projects.
Obi Holly and Amenika Shepsu-t for Colossal, Inc.