The first generation of her NIGERIAN AMERICAN family to be born in the states, the Chicago, Illinois native isTHE EMBODIMENT OF AN IMMIGRANT SPIRIT OF HOPE AND OPTIMISM, eagerly embracing the fresh opportunities presented by each brand new day. The infectious confidence and disciplined work ethic she was reared under by devoted parents are emblazoned on her rollicking melodies and in the fearless approach with which Nola Adé tackles the juggernaut of soul. Of course, it helps that Adé was surrounded from birth with music, from family who sung throughout the day and in church to the Chicago streets that birthed the likes of Chaka Khan, Curtis Mayfield, The Chi-Lites, Donny Hathaway, Dave Hollister, Jennifer Hudson and Kanye West. Accordingly, a diversity of musical flavors seeped into the musical consciousness of a young Adé, the Nigerian gospel and Afrobeat of her parents’ homeland, the smooth soul of classic Chicago radio, the jazz of Ella and Sarah on regular rotation on Adé’s childhood stereo, and the voice refinement of the St. Ailbe choir where this catholic schoolgirl received her early guidance in clarity and precision, vocal hallmarks that resonate still. The gospel training rounding out Adé’s unique instrument would come with the University of Illinois Black Chorus, while her signature style was divined under the private training of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences renowned vocal coach, Lyndia Johnson.