Adanna Duru was born on October 10, 1996, in Whittier, California and raised in Diamond Bar, California. Her parents were both born in Nigeria and moved to the US for college. Duru has an older brother named Zim and a younger brother named Koby. Adanna and her brothers were raised by their single mother, IJ Duru. Duru graduated from Walnut High School in 2014, where she was class president. She also played two varsity sports: volleyball and track and field, where she specialized in long jump, triple jump, and high jump, but also ran the 100m sprint and 100m hurdles.
Duru participated in American Idol in 2015 and reached the battle rounds in Adam Levine’s team as a 15-year old on The Voice in 2012.
Her 2016 debut mixtape Exhibit A included the single for Adanna, with "Seal It With A Kiss", which was produced by Liam Keegan (Justin Bieber, Sia, Kanye West, Carly Rae Jepsen), and landed in the Music Week commercial pop charts top 20, while she began 2017 by releasing new music from her debut EP, including the singles titled "Quinn", "Atlantis", and "Fingertips".
On August 18, 2017, Adanna Duru released her debut EP Stardive, as premiered via C-Heads Magazine, which she has produced along with production duo Wiidope (Esperanza Spalding, Nicole Scherzinger, Terri Lynn Carrington), and Dauman Records’ producer Nick Jameson, with guest appearances from Houston rapper John Ibe and fellow Los Angeles singer and songwriter Julius.
In 2012, Duru was a contestant on season three of The Voice. She auditioned with "The Edge of Glory" where she defaulted to Adam Levine's team. She was eliminated in the Battle Rounds, where she was paired with Michelle Brooks-Thompson to sing "Crazy in Love".
Duru auditioned in San Francisco, singing "You and I" by Lady Gaga. She sang "It's A Man's Man's Man's World" in Showcase Week, where she got a standing ovation by Jennifer Lopez and was advanced into the Top 24. She originally was not voted into the Top 12 but was chosen as a wildcard to continue. She was eliminated on March 25, 2015, where she placed joint 10th/11th with Maddie Walker. She appeared on the season finale on May 13, 2015, to join Janelle Monáe and Jidenna to perform "Yoga".^Note 1 Due to the judges using their one save on Qaasim Middleton, the top 11 remained intact for another week.
Duru gives vocal lessons to middle school and elementary school-age children. Her parents and ancestors were all born in the African country Nigeria which makes Duru first generation born in the United States. She currently attends college at University of California in Riverside.