Onella began singing at the age of six and is an eight-time titleholder for Sri Lanka’s All Island Music Competition. Onella’s composition was selected by Sri Lankan superstar Keerthi Pasqual for her first international collaboration.

She won the 2019 Donald Chen Young Artist Award, and performed at the North Shore Chorale Society Concert. She was honored with awards from the NATS Conference Competition, and the North Park University’s Performance Arts in 2018.

Co-founder of the Thousand Mile Choir for Refugees and Immigrants, Onella currently holds a Masters in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from North Park University.