Yemi Eberechi Alade was born March 13, 1989, and she is more simply known as Yemi Alade. She is a Nigerian singer-songwriter and singer afropop. Her fame has taken on a continental and international importance especially with her single Johnny.
Yemi Eberechi Alade was born in the state of Abia, Nigeria. Her father James Alade is of Yoruba origin, her mother Helen Uzoma is of Igbo origin. She is the fifth in a family of seven children. After a childhood in different places according to the assignments of her father, police commissioner, her family moved to Lagos as a teenager. “I grew up listening to everything from Sunny Adé juju music to Whitney Houston,” she says. She studies there, and pursues graduate studies in geography at the University of Lagos.
She made her musical debut at age 16 in a group of girls called Noty Spices in 2005, but her music began to become really popular in Nigeria in 2009 following her success in the reality show, Peak Talent Show. A few months later, she released her first single Fimisile on the label Jus’ Kiddin.
In 2012, she signed on the label Effyzzie Music, and released her single Ghen Ghen Love.
In July 2013, she released the video of a more romantic R & B song, Bamboo, produced by Fliptyce. But it was in the last quarter of 2013, that she beats records and acquires an international notoriety with her tube Johnny, produced by Selebobo, disclosed on internet. The song becomes a hit in Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and the UK, among others. It is listed as one of the best tracks of 2013, despite its late release in the year and the lack of a music video.
She is the cover of several magazines and plays around the world, sharing punctually the scene with Mary J. Blige, Becca, Shina Peters, Waje, etc. Through her self-deprecation, her themes (love, love deception, good food, etc.), she embodies the young African woman close and joyful.
In 2013, she opens the Headies Prize popularly called the “Nigerian Grammys“. She does not hesitate to repeat her main successes in different African languages, such as Swahili, extending a tradition of singers from this continent.
In 2014, she teamed up with director of photography Clarence Peters and created a music video for Johnny, published in March, which gets more than 32 million views on YouTube. In 2014, she also joined Mr. I, Waje, Timi Dakolo, and Burna Boy to perform Port Harcourt, the theme song of the 2014 UNESCO World Book, as part of a project to encourage young people to read and study and write books. Shortly after, she released a new single titled Tangerine.
She released her first album, King of Queens, on October 2, 2014, and then went on tour. Her second studio album, Mama Africa, is released in March 2016.