Born and raised in a small town in upstate NY, Neeka never imagined that her life would truly unflold in Nashville, TN. Raised in a family deeply rooted in music, from her grandfather playing the organ and banjo to her father and his electric guitar, Music City seemed a natural fit. However, music is not what compelled her to this new venture. Instead, it was the loss of a 13 year marriage and her need to provide for her 3 small children (at the time) that sparked, what her mother coined as, a "mass exodus" of the DeGraw family. At the urging of her two brothers, one a successful singer songwriter and the other a successful entrepreneur, Neeka moved to Nashville, sight unseen, to take on a new career in the Bar and Restaurant business. That was nearly 9 years ago. Now, with three grown children who deserve every bit of bragging she does, navigating loss, love and life itself, Neeka continues to evolve as a successful single mother with a successful career in healthcare, and she isn't stopping there. She is a firm believer that change is a propellant and a necessary force to live your best life, as you can see in her words, "Change is not to be feared. The only assurance we have in life is that it will change. We can let change hinder us or we can harness it to rise. I am on the rise!"