Born in Atlanta, raised in Nigeria, AYO is a Strathmore-in-Residence 2020 artist who has previously performed with big names like Chance the Rapper, Andra Day, Common and MORE. Despite her challenges navigating life as a young Nigerian woman in today’s society, AYO has chosen to use her experiences to define her music. AYO’s smooth pop vocals channel messages of empowerment and even address important political issues of the times.
AYO first found her passion for music at age 5 through her baby sitter in Nigeria. She was on the tv gospel singing competition show, Sunday Best, and finished in the top 8.
Her debut EP “Songs of Deliverance” was released in April 2019. The album’s genre was Gospel. She decided that she wanted to honor God with her first project as He has been the one to give her the confidence to embark on this journey as an artist. Now AYO is continuing to move forward as a POP Performer and Songwriter.