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Oyenike Laoye-Oturu, professionally known as Nikki Laoye, is a Nigerian songstress, famous for her varied melodic articulations and enthralling stage performances. As a chronicle craftsman, Laoye’s music has earned her few honors incorporating The Headies Award in 2013 for Best Female Vocal Performance and the All African Music Awards (AFRIMA) in 2014 for Best Female Artiste in African Inspirational Music. She is likewise notable for the 2006 hit tune Never felt along these lines previously, the 2013 move single “1-2-3”, the deep anthem “Just You”, which she remixed in 2016 highlighting Seyi Shay and the adoration tune Onyeuwaoma including Banky W.
Her energy for compassionate exercises pulled in the consideration of the Nigerian National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), who revealed her as the superstar ‘Voice of Refugees’ in Southwest Nigeria in 2013.
Her melodic style is a urban contemporary sound with the combination of elective shake, R&B, hip jump, pop, soul, funk, jazz and Gospel.
Conceived in Lagos, Nigeria, Laoye hails from the melodic heredity of the talking drum legend – Late Oba Adetoyese Laoye (from Ede, Osun State-Nigeria), The vocalist, affectionately called, the little one with the huge voice, rose to notoriety in 2006 with the hit single, “Never Felt This Way” from her presentation studio collection, Angel 4 Life (2008), which additionally highlighted other remarkable singles, including the Hip-Hop coordinated effort with Rooftop Mcs and her sibling, Rap2Sai – “Taka Sufe”; the adoration anthem “Somebody to Love” with R&B crooner Jeremiah Gyang among others.
Nikki Laoye on the arrangement of the Nigerian National Anthem Video in 2013
Laoye was conceived in Lagos, Nigeria; the main girl to Prince Olushola Isaac Laoye and Olori Christiana Yetunde Laoye. Laoye bears hints of a blended legacy as her dad, Olushola is of European (Dutch), Ghanaian and Nigerian heritage. She is sister to three brothers: Femi, Bola and Ade, who is otherwise called Xblaze, a growing youthful music maker/Hip Hop artist in Lagos, Nigeria.
Enlisted in choirs and move classes at five years old, Laoye began off her training at Grace Children School, Gbagada, Lagos. Before sufficiently long, she was singled out by her music educator, who saw her music capacities at such a youthful age and by and by offered her free piano lessons toward the finish of each school day. Laoye’s melodic ability was additionally upgraded amid her secondary school a very long time at Federal Government Girl’s College, Sagamu (from where she graduated in 1998) and at the University of Ibadan individually as she performed with the school choirs and got together with music and move bunches including Exousia, Soul Alliance and the young lady assemble trio, Soul Sistas.[
In 1998, Laoye joined the adolescent band of Ikoyi Baptist Church and was acquainted formally with contemporary gospel by companion and music executive, Reginald Bassey and filled in as a soloist/lead vocalist for a long time. (Laoye later joined House on the Rock Church and was a lead vocalist for the choirs in Ibadan and Lagos for more than 10 years.
In 2000, a possibility meeting along the corridors of St. Anne’s corridor, a private female inn, at the University of Ibadan realized the formation of the female young lady gathering, Soul Sistas, made out of Laoye, Debola Kester and Aboyowa Tene. The young ladies met amid a night of music, silly buffoonery in their apartment and evoked genuine emotion truly. They began performing together, essentially for its love lastly took up the name “Soul Sistas” subsequent to singing at a grounds cooperation and the Pastor, Dele Osunmakinde (now Pastor of The Baptizing Church, Lagos) commented happily “these women sing to your spirit”. In 2003, The young ladies were joined quickly by another female vocalist, Funmi Ojo, yet came back to a trio around the same time.
Together for a long time, Soul Sistas were the main female a cappella gather at the University and were prestigious for their heartfelt harmonies including their version of the exemplary a cappella melody “Your Love is Better than Life”. In 2005,The young ladies went their different courses in the wake of moving on from the University with Laoye seeking after a performance vocation and Debola and Aboyowa took up standard employments. In 2007, the trio came back to record a remix for their hit, “Baba L’oke” for Laoye’s introduction collection, Angel 4 Life. In 2010, Debola challenged in the Nigerian music reality appear, Project Fame Season 3 and was one of the last 10 contenders close by Ochuko, Yetunde Omo’badan, Chidinma Ekile (champ).
Laoye started her vocation as a performance craftsman in 2006, with the arrival of her first single, “Never Felt thusly Before”, created by Nigerian music maker Cobhams. The single delighted in airplay on standard radio stations in Nigeria and increased wide acknowledgment the nation over, hence making Laoye one of only a handful couple of contemporary Christian craftsmen in the Nigerian music industry with standard interest. The arrival of her HipHop joint effort single, “Taka Sufe” highlighting Rooftop Mcs and Rap2Sai additionally charmed her to Nigerian young people and gave a stage of articulation to her sibling, Xblaze who created the track. (Xblaze Ade Laoye created a large portion of the tunes on Laoye’s presentation collection and her 2013 move single, “1-2-3”. He was a chief maker for the West African Edition of X-Factor, held in Lagos, Nigeria).
Nikki Laoye with Cece Winans at the Experience 2009 question and answer session in Lagos, Nigeria
In 2008, Laoye caught up with the arrival of her introduction collection Angel 4 Life—a gathering of contemporary sounds and a lineup of best Nigerian specialists including Rooftop Mcs, Blaise, Jeremiah Gyang and some more. The vocalist soon picked up reputation as her singles step by step rose to the main spot on the Nigerian Chart Show for quite a long time; and she was a principle include on the MTV Base Rockumentary indicate Advance Warning. In 2009, Laoye performed close by American worldwide gospel craftsmen Kirk Franklin, Cece Winans and Donnie McClurkin to a crowd of people of 500,000 at The 2009 Experience Concert in Lagos, Nigeria. Laoye likewise assumed a showy part in the Nigerian-Broadway organize play melodic, OLURONBI in October 2009 and was one of the five female artists on the 2009 Tetmosol Girl Power Tour, which was an across the country visit crosswise over different conditions of Nigeria.
The arrival of the single “Never Felt This Way” brought a new urban Christian contemporary sound to the Nigerian music industry. This seven-time grant named melody, (2009 Hip Hop World Awards-Best Vocal Performance (Female) and HipHop World Revelation (Best New Artist); Kora Awards-Best Spiritual Artist and Best Arrangement; 2009 City People Entertainment Awards-Musician of the Year (Female); the 2009 Nigerian Entertainment Awards in the US – Gospel Artist of the Year and 2009 SoundCity Music Video Awards-Best Female Video), got significant honors and gave Laoye the rating as the third Best Performance at the 2009 HipHop World Awards in Nigeria (Darey Art Alade and Tuface coming first and second separately, out of the 10 exhibitions at the honors).
Laoye was the main female contender close by top male Nigerian Artists – M.I, Banky W. furthermore, Naeto C for the HipHop World Revelation (Best New Artist) classification of the 2009 HipHop World Awards.
In 2009, Laoye performed close by Kirk Franklin, CeCe Winans, Donnie McClurkin to a crowd of people of 500,000 at The Experience Concert in Lagos.
Laoye’s music has increased basic praise past Africa, as she was one of the initial three Nigerian specialists ever to be met and perceived on American excitement channel, BET in 2009 and she was one of the preparatory judges for BET’s Sunday Best Auditions which held in Lagos, Nigeria in December 2009. In 2011, Laoye’s life and vocation were displayed in an extraordinary component portion on BET, labeled “Wager Spotlight – Nikki Laoye”.
In 2013, the artist made a rebound into the music scene in the wake of being on a rest following the loss of her dad in 2011.
Laoye was charged to record her own particular form of the Nigerian National Anthem for Nigerian TV Producer, Mo Abudu’s Ebony Life Television in June 2013. The video is prestigious as the principal official music video for the Nigerian Anthem. Since its discharge in June 2013, Laoye has been welcome to play out the song of praise for the Presidency in Aso Rock, Abuja and at other authority capacities. As at 2013, she discharged the singles “No Be Beans” with Yoruba Hip Hop craftsman Base One; the move single “1-2-3”; and the Rotimi Keys produced melody “Just You”, a tune committed to the memory of her late father, for which she won a honor for the Best Vocal Performance (Female) at the 2013 Headies Awards in Lagos, Nigeria.
Laoye additionally loans her vocal mark on radio rings some of which incorporate Etisalat’s “0809aija 4 Life”, which highlighted R&B artist Banky W, MTN’s “Wherever You Go” jingle and Fidelity Bank’s “No Greater Feeling”. The artist has performed film soundtracks for major Nollywood creations, for example, Bent Arrows, Where the Heart Lies, Mission 2 Nowhere and the troupe film Journey to Self
Laoye is additionally an on-air identity on TV and radio. In 2005 she facilitated the TV Show New Breeze Show on Silverbird Entertainment Television and starting at 2013, she has her own particular radio show, Girls Rock with Nikki Laoye on Nigerian web gospel radio station Praiseworld Radio. She was likewise uncovered as one of the hosts for a gospel unscripted television rivalry, Stars 4 Christ.
In August 2013, Laoye featured the Nigerian Corner at the Nottinghill Carnival in the United Kingdom, an occasion which pulls in a large number of Nigerians living over the United Kingdom.
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