Afro-Soul singer-songwriter Nola Adé’s radiant light shines in the midst of life’s challenges. Her dope aura and superb voice are just a few of the reasons why she has been fully embraced since bursting onto the music scene several years ago. Adé is a force to be reckoned with, due to her amazing spirit, powerful vocal phrasing, dynamic tone, and a style that is all her own.
As a first-generation Nigerian American born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Adé embodies the immigrant spirit of hope and positivity. Her musical stylings and boisterous voice reflect her upbringing – from her childhood Nigerian worship songs to the Afrobeats and Highlife of her parent’s homeland. Before branching into a solo career, she used her God-given talent as a member of the St. Ailbe Choir and the prominent University of Illinois Black Chorus. Adé perfected her vocal ability under the private training of renowned vocal coach, Lyndia Johnson.
Not one to limit herself, Adé entered law school and became a legal intern at Russell Simmons’ Rush Communications in New York City, where she performed music at night. Upon returning to Chicago, she performed with a cover band and sang background vocals with local acts at large venues in and around Chicago. After graduating law school, Adé soon landed her own gigs at well-known establishments, events and television shows in her hometown including ABC 7’s Windy City Live, Good Day Chicago on FOX 32, the Taste of Chicago, the Chicago Auto Show, Thalia Hall, The Promontory, and City Winery Chicago, just to name a few.
However, her star grew beyond her hometown. Adé garnered widespread attention with opening slots for shows with international recording artists Bilal, Avery*Sunshine, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and Daley. Adé went on to release The Love Dance EP in March 2016. Her music has been featured in Afropunk, Soultrain, Rolling Out, Soul Bounce, Jet Magazine, and many more national and international publications.
After taking a short break from releasing new music, Adé is back and ready to take the world by storm in 2019 starting with her new single, “Good to You.” With her rich alto leading the way, “Good to You” highlights the importance of emotional transparency and vulnerability. Adé feels the foundation for a close relationship begins with connecting on a personal level, and she speaks to this dynamic on her lead single.
Adé’s soulful sounds will continue to infiltrate the music scene as she follows up “Good to You” with more feel-good, up-tempo singles and ballads throughout the year. Get ready as she introduces to some and presents to others…Nola Adé.