BIO (Yemi Alade ) Yemi Eberechi Alade Nigeria
Best known for “Johnny”, Yemi Alade, is a Nigerian afropop singer.
She was born to a Yoruba father (James Alade), who was a former Police Commissioner, and to an Igbo mother (Helen Uzoma), causing her to be fondly referred to as “Yoruba-Igbo girl”, in Abia State as the 5th child in a family of 7. Alade went to St Saviour British Primary School. Then, she proceeded to Victory Grammar School, Lagos, where she obtained a degree in Geography at University of Lagos.
In mid 2012 Yemi Alade signed a deal with Effyzzie Music Group and started working with hit producers DJ Klem, D’tunes, E-Kelly, Sizzle Pro, Fliptyce and renowned South African producer Garth. Shortly afterwards she released her successful single ‘Ghen Ghen Love’ which was produced by the iconic OJB Jezreel. ‘Ghen Ghen Love’ became a hit topping numerous radio and video charts across Africa. She was also featured on singer Dipp’s album on the track ‘Rock Ur Body’ and the song and video went viral and received praises earning the duo an award nomination for best R&B video category at the Nigerian Music Video Awards 2012. In the first quarter of 2013 Yemi Alade enlisted Ice Prince and Sasha P for the remix of her single ‘Ghen Ghen Love’.
She released her debut album, ‘King of Queens‘ on October 2, 2014. Prior to that, In 2014, she was featured on Yung6ix’s album on the critically acclaimed track ‘Lights’ and also on the remix of the smash hit ‘Sebiwo’ by Benin Republic afropop star Lace. Yemi Alade teamed up with award-winning cinematographer Clarence Peters to create movie-like visuals for her international smash hit ‘Johnny’.
She also released the music video for ‘Johnny’ in March 2014 and received a massive acceptance across the country.
Yemi Alade joined M.I. Waje, Timi Dakolo and Burna Boy on the UNESCO World Book Capital 2014 theme song for the Port Harcourt World Book Capital; a project urging the new generation to read and stay in school. Shortly after that Yemi Alade released a new single titled ‘Tangerine’ and featuring Selebobo; the critically acclaimed track which charted across Africa. She also appeared on Falz’ debut album as a guest artist.
She has the following to her credits:
MTV African Music Awards 2015 Best Female
BET Awards 2015 Best International Act: Africa – Nominated
Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2014 Female Artist of the Year – Nominated
City People Entertainment Awards 2014 – Female Musician of the Year – Nominated
MOBO Awards 2014 Best African Act – Nominated
YEM Awards 2012- Female Artiste of the Year – Nominated
ELOY Awards 2013 – Most Promising Female Nominated