Anika Moa signed to Atlantic Records in the United States in 2001 and released her debut album, Thinking Room, the album reached the top of the New Zealand Singles Chart and was a commercial success.
Moa was raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. While attending highschool, Moa entered the 'Smokefree Rockquest'.
She released her second album on 1 August 2005. She has collaborated with many artists including New Zealand's SJD and Bic Runga. She has also joined the band Dimmer, in a backup and touring capacity
Her partner Azaria Universe was major inspiration for her fourth album Love in Motion.