She went on to study music and drama and, already in her career, has performed for the Princess Royal and recorded an acclaimed dance single.
It was while singing freestyle vocals in clubs that Haifa was spotted by a scout from Public Demand Records.
This led to collaborations with top dance producers Artful Dodger, the team who launched Craig David's career.
Her track Forever went on to appear on Artful Dodger and Public Demand hit dance compilation albums.
Her cover of Toni Braxton's Unbreak My Heart was a club smash here and a hit in Spain where Haifa promoted it on many television and radio shows.
She has also supported Liberty X on their UK tour playing to packed arenas around the country.
Although respected for her R&B and garage style, Haifa also loves pop and took part in the first series of Pop Idol alongside Eurovision performer Jessica Garlick.