Born and raised in Chicago; Andrea Gathings, better known as Artemis, grew up primarily on the south side of the city in the area to what is known to many as Terror Town. In 2002, her family moved to Park Forest, Illinois where she became good friends with two army brats from whom she picked up her passion for music. Her first interest in writing came about in fourth grade after writing some of her first poems inspired by her mother. Her family then moved again in 2004 back to the city of Chicago. Her first breakthrough in music was in 2010 as a member of the mentoring organization LYRIC. Her style of music is often described by critics as being very lyrical.