Born in Sicily in 1967, Nocera was raised in Parma,Emilia-Romagna, in central Italy, before emigrating to the United States when she was 18 years old.
Nocera signed with independent Sleeping Bag Records in 1986, and released the single, "Summertime, Summertime" that same year. The single, produced by Floyd Fisher, and remixed by Kurtis Mantronik, was included in Nocera's 1987 debut album, Over The Rainbow, and reached #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Club Play chart in 1986. The album also featured "Let's Go," a track remixed by Little Louie Vega, which reached #8 on the Hot Dance/Club Play chart in 1987.
Following the release, tour, and promotion of Over The Rainbow, Nocera began work on a second album, but the album was not completed or released due to the closure of Sleeping Bag Records in 1992.