years ago, Temitope Odunayo Abidoye was born in Lagos, Nigeria as
the eldest child in a family of six. At the age of 7, Nayo (as she
is better known these days) began to split her schooling between
the UK & Nigeria. It was at this time that Nayo began singing
in church, performing at weddings and developing her artistry.
Living between Nigeria
& the UK amidst two rich music scenes, helped influence Nayo's
own song writing and added to her broad range of musical knowledge.
In conjunction with her own unique cultural background, these elements
combine to shape who Nayo is as a writer, performer, musician and
person.Nayo is a driven & talented artist and so, in pursuit
of her goal to become a successful songwriter & performer, the
next stop for her was Los Angeles, CA.
Soon after graduating
from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Science in Business
and emphasis in Finance, she secured her first job in the Music
Industry. Although not glamorous, it was her internship in the A&R
department at Sony Music that opened a new door resulting in her
first major break; she was signed to a development deal.
This commitment with
Sony Music provided Nayo the opportunity to share her talent with
a host of A-list songwriters and producers in collaborative writing
sessions. These sessions with established writers such as Billy
Mann (Sting), Patrick Leonard (Madonna), Peter Vettese (Dido) &
Simon Climie (Eric Clapton), have contributed to further mature
Nayo into the prolific songwriter she is today.
Writing & performing
comes naturally to Nayo, and the experience she has garnered in
her short professional career has brought welcomed comparisons with
existing sounds from artists like Seal, Dido, Sade & Annie Lennox.
She describes her music as a "soft blend of sour apple martini
mixed with some tequila and a pinch of brown sugar, only to be served
when chilled". The result: a long time addiction to the uber-creative
& soulful blend of her sultry uniqueness and style. A perfect
hybrid of various musical influences, Nayo has found her niche amidst
today's linear musical age.
The songs, vibe &
broad range appeal of Nayo are propelling her towards becoming an
artist with global appeal on a super star level...