Myoa is a budding international singing sensation, whose musical journey has catapulted her from the beautiful coast of West Africa to the Queen’s land in England, and into the diverse, invigorating music scene of the USA. The music of Myoa is ‘Soul, pop, and jazz – music not for the noise or money, but good listening music for the soul, spirit and body,’ says The Guardian News of Nigeria.
In the words of Myoa, which means ‘God brings joy’: “I was created to inspire and impact certain truths and to give joy to people who listen to my music.” Myoa sees greater benefit in creating her own lane in the music business, rather than trying to imitate the rifts and runs of today’s pop and r&b superstars. “I can’t be someone that I’m not. My voice and my music come from God, and there’s no sense in trying to sing songs that don’t speak to me or reflect what’s in my soul.”
As a mainstream artist, Myoa states it is her faith in God that guides her. “My faith is a very important part of my life. I grew up in a Christian home where we were taught to pray, stepping out on faith, putting everything into God’s hands. When I had the opportunity to grow and live on my own, I realised that my personal relationship with God was what helped me through those lonely days. It was my faith that made me fly thousands of miles from England to pursue a career in music in the USA.”
While studying at the University of Plymouth in south-west England, Myoa honed her songwriting and keyboard skills, and discovered her purpose and individuality. “I spent a lot of my spare time in my room writing music on my keyboard when I wasn’t around the social circle. I became comfortable and confident in who I was and who I wanted to be.” Upon graduation, Myoa pursued a career in Finance, and settled into a lifestyle of stability and structure. But her life lacked what she loved most: her music. Feeling there was more to life than number crunching as an accountant, Myoa opted for another path. Resigning from her job, she packed her bags (along with her Master’s degree and Chartered Certified Qualification in Finance) and decided to take a leap of faith to pursue opportunities to study music in the USA — the sunny, palm-shaded world of Los Angeles CA, to be exact!
Enrolling at Hollywood California’s heralded Musicians Institute, Myoa dived in head first, learning the art of vocal performance and music production. She soon landed a highly coveted internship at the world’s largest music company, Universal Music Group. The rest is history…
“Faith made me believe my purpose was possible. Faith made me confident. Faith made me determined – even against all opposition – with music or when people said my music was ‘different’. My faith in God and belief in my purpose have made me write music that I can express from my personal life, yet universal to the extent that it has become a critical component in how I perform and interact in a live audience setting.”
Myoa is currently putting the finishing touches on her first full album, ‘Beautiful Journey’. She believes that this album “validates all (my) hard work as an independent artist”. The first single, ‘Can A Stranger’ – produced by Nigerian musical genius, Cobhams Asuquo, and co-written by Myoa – has achieved critical acclaim by audiences, music lovers and critics on three continents.
“I am often asked if being a woman makes this musical journey more difficult,” says Myoa. “I have had the privilege to live in three countries, and I must say women are as powerful and determined in all countries. Women have come a long way, regardless of what part of the world we live in. Women have, over the years, faced challenges in most areas of life, such as career, leadership opportunities and recognition. But my advice is that we are a powerful breed, and we have great instinctual values, which come from our heavenly Father. Keeping our faith and determination in what we believe in can take us far in any area of life we choose. Women should first believe from the inside, because of the strength we have. I encourage women of faith all around the world to always trust their belief factor, pray hard, and know that you can do anything you set your mind to. With that in mind, go and conquer your territory and continue your ‘Beautiful Journey’. That is something I tell myself each day.”
By Milton B. Allen
Global Music Link