Rising Nigerian-American star Ayo Awosika has toured the world and shared stages with superstars such as Miley Cyrus, Chris Martin (of Coldplay), The Chainsmokers, and more. She recently spoke with ESSENCE to break down Nigeria’s current moment in pop culture, how Nigeria inspires her art, and premiered her new Afrobeats-infused single, “You’re The One,” available on all digital platforms from the 13th of October, 2017. Listen here.

Born to a Nigerian father and American mother, I always felt connected to Nigeria through the music and artwork my father brought back to our suburban Virginia home; I loved the distinctly African foods we ate, and was completely familiar with the sound and inflection of my father speaking Yoruba, our native language. But having never gone there after the age of 1, I started to realize as a curious and adventurous young adult, that there was something missing in my life – an unknown. I made the visit with my father to Nigeria in 2014 and realized THAT was the missing piece in my life; the experience  and knowing of that land. ‘You’re The One I Love’ is a love song to Nigeria – you’ll even hear me singing in Yoruba in the chorus: its my declaration and expression of the love I found there.” – Ayo Awosika

Ayo Awosika is a rising singer and multi-instrumentalist whose tireless performance schedule has landed her on The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and stages around the world. Ayo has also competed on UK’s top music TV show Later…with Jools HollandAyo‘s debut album (2015) was produced by Grammy Award winning producer, Scott Jacoby (Sia, John Legend) and features a host of incredible musicians including Cory Henry of Snarky Puppy. 
As an educator, Ayo has created and curated a number of masterclasses and voice curriculum for private music schools across the US and aims to expand this globally. In an effort to pay homage to her Nigerian heritage and love of working with youth, Ayo recently co-founded an organization that works with young Nigerian women to help provide long term goal and career-oriented resources as well as mentorship.
Listen to “You’re The One” on SoundCloud: https://goo.gl/ trVYg8
Stream “You’re The One” on Spotify: https://goo.gl/6ag113
Purchase “You’re The One” on iTunes: https://goo.gl/brnX21
Link to premiere of “You’re The One” and Q&A w/ Ayo on ESSENCE.com: https://goo.gl/ LJkM7q


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