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Meet Lolade

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lolade.

Lolade, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve been singing and performing for as long as I can remember. Which is funny, when you think about it, considering I’ve always been desperately shy and was introverted as a child. Music chose me! I was born and partly raised in West Africa. My mother sang in the church choir pews and in every room in the house. My father blasted highlife and juju music cassette tapes on long car rides. After moving to the United States, developing as a leader in high school choirs, studying music theory throughout college, and budding as a young artist in the Philly soul scene, I moved to Houston in 2014 and dug roots. The cultural mosaic in Houston serves as an inspiring backdrop to live, to create, and to have fun while doing it. I have found a voice that leans towards an afro-soul-jazz styling. Plus I’m a lead singer in a pretty bad-ass Afrobeats band, Green Light.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I know that music is aligned with my life’s purpose because being a performer defies all logic of who I should be, based on my personality. Writing and singing comes easy…performance is a different animal. Yet and still, I’m continually compelled to get up in front of people and express life through chord, lyric, and song. This poses everyday challenges and conflicts within myself that I must push through. I whole-heartedly believe that saying that goes “Life is on the other side of your comfort zone”. Being a creative is a challenge, but it’s also the ultimate joy.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I present African music in a way that you’ve never heard it before. When people hear my music, they’re intrigued. In describing it, I’ve heard comparisons to Mariam Makeba, to India Arie, and to Sarah Vaughn. My background is particularly unique, so my music is not cookie cutter. It’s completely original.

I’m super proud of my recently released EP called “Neverland” because it’s so vibey and it makes you move. I’m also very proud of my most recent single, a song called “Sisi Eko”, the first installation in an Afrojazz series that I’m working on. Second in the series is “Dreams”. The single and video will be available in November.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I trust that my life and my creative existence are a collection of predestined moments and serendipitous opportunities. These opportunities can either benefit me or pass me by. Only when I’m prepared and have done the work are those opportunities able to propel me towards success.


Image Credit:
David Odiwams (main picture)

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