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Meet Nekiya Ade

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nekiya Ade.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have lived in Los Angeles my entire life, and from a young age, I would hear stories about people coming from all around the world trying to pursue a career in entertainment.

As a kid, I always fantasized about making a name for myself in music. From the age of six, I discovered I had a passion for singing which would probably come as no surprise for many people since both sides of my family had talent. I remember watching movies and listening to songs, trying to emulate different styles. I was inspired by so much because I had been exposed to many different genres such as reggae, r&b, hip hop, funk, soul, and pop. I never had the privilege of having a mentor who could help guide me as a young artist.

Someone with experience is what I needed, but I turned to Christina Aguilera. Her stripped album gave me the confidence I needed to keep going. Since then, I have had many other influences in music as well as fashion. After graduating from Crenshaw High School, I decided to go to college. I attended Cal State Dominguez Hills and began taking business courses to learn how to help with my musical aspirations. Of course, it was very challenging for me.

Having to be a full-time student and working part-time and helping my family made it very difficult for me to be an artist. My biggest motivation for following my dreams would probably be my little brother Joey. He was born with Autism and Cerebral Palsy. Seeing the way his face would light up every time I sang made me realize how important music was to so many people. So eventually, I had to make a choice either I stay in school or continue pursuing music, and I chose music.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s been great so far but smooth? Not really. It took me a while to release my first ep titled Lit in 2017. Before then I was focused on writing songs and recording. It’s a process, but once I finally put it out, it made me feel even more confident in myself. I still face challenges every day as an independent artist having to fund my own career, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am very proud of my tenacity as a singer and a songwriter. In 2018 I began my artist development with a company in Torrance called DNA where I met artist and dancers who were there to train. Since then my stage presence has improved a lot. I’ve also had the privilege of making more friends in entertainment.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I have to shout out my producer and business partner Offkeezz for believing in me. My photographer, Videographer and big bro Kacey Dike owner of Prolific Phew for always using his renta! And my Publicist Ms. Brandi Lynn for keeping me on top of things. Also, I have to thank the Tribe!

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