This feature is one of a two-part Ray-Ban series that highlights the brand’s connection to timeless, authentic artists who display courage and creativity in their work and output everyday. More than just musicians, these icons-in-the-making are also thought leaders, purposefully using their art to build people up, support their global communities, and to help people clearly see the best in themselves. Read on to see how they’re accomplishing these goals in style.

On an overcast Monday, violinist Ezinma, affectionately known as Ezi, invites Complex into her Brooklyn home to talk about her life as a musical renegade. With an engaging smile that spreads ear to ear, she sits back in an accent chair, donning a pair of light gray Ray-Ban Clubmaster Oval Optics that complement her yellow outfit, and beams, “Let’s go!”

Now world famous, Ezi has played alongside some of music's biggest artists. But things weren’t always like that for the virtuoso. Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, the classically-trained Ezi  never “in a million years” saw herself as a world class musician. In fact, she never dreamed of becoming an artist at all. “Growing up in a place like Nebraska, you don't really see artists,” says Ezi looking out the window. “I had no concept of what it was to even be a musician. To be honest, it [was] always a struggling artist thing, so it was something that I never, ever imagined could've been possible.”