Funda Arar spent her early childhood in Ankara, where she was born, and later in Muğla and Adapazarı. She studied at Istanbul Technical University's music conservatory, specialicizing in the mandolin. Her first album Sevgilerde came out in 1999, became a big hit, especially the song "Aysel". Sevgiliye was released a year later and included hits like "Seni Düşünürüm" and "Cesminaz" in collaboration with Kıraç.Alagül and Sevda Yanığı, her third and fourth albums came out in 2002 and 2003, which had the songs "Haberin Var mı?", "Aşksız Kal".
Arar's album Son Dans was released in December 2005 following a long break. Recently, she released the much anticipated Rüya (2008) (Turkish classical music), in which she sang songs in a variety of makams such as Hicaz, Rast, Hüzzam, Muhayyerkürdî, Uşşak, Kürdîlihicazkâr, and Nihavend. In this album, she was accompanied by a master ensemble of (Turkish classical music) under the directorship of Yaşar Okyay.