Today we’d like to introduce you to JA’DAKU.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’m a Nigerian- American Avant-garde Recording Artist, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Dancer, Choreographer, Creative Director, Producer, Artist Developer, Stage, and Vocal performance coach.
I’m originally from Dallas, Texas and I’m 1st generation Nigerian- American. I am the first daughter of 2 Nigerian parents and eldest of 6 children including my Autistic sister who cannot speak. She speaks with eyes and her beautiful smile. I feel in a way that I’m her voice. My passion is to be a voice for the voiceless and impact the world with music that is a universal language.
My musical genres are World music, Soul, Pop, EDM, Euro, Futuristic electronica, Electropop, Afro Beat, R&B and Broadway. My influences are Sade, JLo, Tiwa Savage, Grace Jones, Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Brandy.
JA’DAKU was ranked #1 on ReverbNation on the R&B- Soul Dallas Charts for several weeks. She is an actor on Washed series streaming on Amazon Prime. She performed in the BET Artist Weekend Showcase at Catch One in Los Angeles, All American girls on Off-Broadway and “Supreme Tartuffe” Off-Broadway with the Tony award winner Andre’ De Shields and “Love Boat” Ted Lange in New York, Broadway Dreamgirls Japan Tour, the Main stage of House of Blues Dallas, Sundown at Granada, performed at her residency at Louie Louie’s Piano bar, Prophet Bar to singing in JC Penneys National Commercials.
JA’DAKU was named a “Household name” on 97.9 The Beat radio station with Jazze and was featured in The Dallas Observer as a “New Badass artist” and Voyage Dallas online Interview. She was also a Soloist for the Two-time Emmy award-winning televised Aretha Franklin tribute concert directed by Curtis King with The Black Academy of Arts & Letters at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center singing “Young, Gifted and Black”. Recently, She sang with The T. D. Jake’s Potter’s House Choir for the TBN live album recording and Television special.
She has shared stages and performed with T Pain, Kelis, Solange, Yvonne Orgi (HBO , Insecure) Ted Lange ( Love Boat), Andre’ De Sheilds (Tony Award Winner), Dorinda Clark-Cole, Melonie Fiona, Curtis King, Nigerian International Artists: Flavour, Davido, Diamond Platnumz, Iyana, Phyno Fino, Fally Ipupa, Teddy A, 2 Face Idibia and choreographers Kaffy Oluwatoyin Shafau and Jaeblaze.
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?
Nothing is easy and you have to have a fire inside of you so you never give up. I’ve experienced a lot of hardship and had to bounce back. Each setback were the lyrics to my song. Nothing was wasted and nothing is impossible with God. Every tear is a word that will resonate to my listeners. One of my passions are the stage and dancing. I’m free and flying.
Currently, I have my 1st debut EP called “The Vine” which is available on all music outlets such as Apple Music, Tidal, iTunes, Spotify and many more. “The Vine” Ep is sultry and has melodic melodies infused with World music, Soul, Pop, EDM, Afro Beat, R&B and Broadway influences. “The Vine” Surges with emotion, fusing an urban sound with cool Jazz backing and icier vocals. It’s Electrifying. Bold. Avant-Garde.
Right now, I’m actively performing and working on new music. I have projects in the works with Grammy Award producers and music placements.
I’m grateful for my managers Quincy Smith and Music industry exec Qadree El-Amin, who has managed stars such as Michael Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Janet Jackson, The Braxton’s, Mya, Boyz ll Men, Deborah Cox, Keke Wyatt and Brownstone. I have been able to with Grammy award-winning producers: Hal Fitzgerald mixing engineer, Chris Gehringer master engineer, Jamar Jones, J. Win and Supakuma of Interscope Records. I thank God and my family for the love. Stacey Oluchi photography has been my photographer from the beginning. I’m thankful for my sister sowing into my destiny.
Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
In addition to being a Solo Artist and Singer-Songwriter, I am the founder of The “IT” Factor.
It is an Artist Development company where I train Up and coming performing artists in Stage performance, acting, singing, songwriting and I assist as the Artistic/Creative Director for music videos, scripts, dance choreography, and live concerts. I love drawing out hidden talent and gifts in people.
What sets me apart from others is my personality, testimony, world view in music and my African heritage. I want to introduce people to Music that will touch all nations of people. I want to also bring awareness and create assistance for people suffering from mental illness and families with children who have Autism.
What were you like growing up?
Being the eldest of six children, I was outgoing and had to help raise my siblings. I was not able to train as a child in music or dance because I had to take care of my siblings and my autistic sister. But I was able to get admitted to a performing arts school for singing in 7th and 8th grade at Greiner Middle School. There I was able to get fundamentals in singing. My parents always wanted a lawyer and that’s why I went to Townview Magnet Law High School and Texas Woman’s University with a degree in criminal justice and legal studies. That was never my dream and but I thank my parents for my education. Nothing is wasted.
I don’t have any regrets because in introspect I am wiser and stronger and I have a testimony that will shake nations. So, everything works out together for the good. I got fire in me and I want people to know that it’s never too late to start or live out your dreams!
- Website: JA ‘DAKU
- Phone: 972.898.4597
- Email: Iamjadaku@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamjadaku/
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/iamjadaku/
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