Born in Milan, Irene Serra moved to Denmark at the age of 3. From a very young age she developed her love for singing whilst performing in choirs, musicals and churches.
After moving back to Milan, she started studying Jazz at the age of 16 with the renowned Italian Jazz singer Tiziana Ghiglioni at the Academy of Music in Milan.
She moved to London in 1999 to continue her music studies at the University Of Surrey and then Goldsmiths College. She went on to complete a MMus (Jazz Studies) at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama.
She has performed various styles of music including Jazz, Blues, and Brazilian, and her own original compositions in prestigious venues such as the Barbican Centre (with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra), the Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Union Chapel in Islington, Kings Place, the Hackney Empire, 606 Jazz Club and the National Theatre. Her original project, ISQ, was also named a Time Out London Critics Choice.
She was one of the semi-finalists in The Brussels International Young Jazz Singer in 2008 and was the only European finalist in the Shure Jazz Voice Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2009.
Irene has also worked as a session singer and vocalist in Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, Switzerland and the UK.