|Parisa Arsalani was born in Urmia, the capital of West Azerbaijan province in Iran, into a prominent artistic and cultured family.
Before she was a professional singer, she initially learned the traditional Azerbaijanian music of her region and became a nationally recognized soloist of minstrel music and performer on Saz (Ashiq saz). She won many prizes at national music festivals in Iran. Later, like all of members of her family who all are professional in artistic fields and cultural attitudes, she graduated with a university degree in graphics and secured a good position as a graphic designer. But she felt the need to follow the call of the love of her country's music, but this time, to sing it.
The prohibitions and restrictions of singing for a woman in Iran and the lack of musical educational fields in her country caused her to move to Baku, Azerbaijan to study voice at the Baku State Conservatory, where she received her BA, in spite of all the serious problems she was supposed to face.
She continued to do research in advanced vocal techniques, Eastern singing techniques, and voice therapy. Combining her vast knowledge of Mugams (Azeri) and the unique vocalism of her culture, Parisa sings an intriguing repertoire of colorful and exotic songs from Azerbaijan's past, present, and future.
An extremely versatile singer and a vocal coach with a colorful and powerful voice, Parisa's repertoire ranges from classical Azeri style with folk instruments to modern songs accompanied by piano, as well as jazz and pop and ethnic rock. Alexandra Ivanoff, American music journalist and Hollywood films singer, describes Parisa Arsalani’s singing:
"Parisa Arsalani’s voice is an unparalleled and distinctive one: sonorous, radiant, dolorous, possessing a kaleidoscope of color--the colors of an exotic land, the amber hues of love lost, and the poetry of dreams both realized and unfulfilled. Though still young, her voice speaks like an old soul with roots attached to many previous centuries. Her technical range is extraordinarily wide: she moves from executing the tricky ululations of Azeri folk idioms to the sultry, bluesy phraseology of the West. The thing that makes her leap out of the crowd in her genre is the clarity of her diction coupled with the extraordinary depth of sound, so that her voluptuous vocalism is capable of projecting both a powerful presence and intimacy at the same time."