A United States-based Nigerian-American singer, Eniola Ayodele Joseph, popularly known as Anola, is currently making waves in her newly released album, ‘All You Want.’
‘All You Want’ audio and video, directed by Perception Filmworks, and released on May 8, to take over the airwaves with hot appearances of Anola, a sensational singer, is available on all digital platforms for streaming and download.
Before ‘All You Want,’ Anola has been around in the music world, as way back in 2008, she released her first single titled ” Miss Me” alongside “Music in Me,” and two years later, in 2010 she had her first performance as an opening act for a well known African singer-songwriter Wande Coal.
In 2011 she dropped another soulful single titled ‘Tonight,’ while in the year 2013, she had the opportunity to perform at African superstar concerts such as Bracket, Wizkid, Banky W and Skales and more.
Anola, who is currently based in Chicago, but from Nigeria’s Kogi State, relocated to the US at the age of 12, speaking on her career, said her musical interest was sparked at an early age while coming across a biopic of a 60’s rock star.
The music had energy, feel, and beautiful melodies whilst still being tremendously simple, Anola said, describing it as instantly grabbing her imagination and from that moment on she was transfixed with music.
To her, music has been more than a hobby. “It is a serious passion,” she said, adding that she understands the importance of developing her vocal techniques and skills but also want to have an in-depth knowledge of music and the way in which it has evolved over the years, the reason she delved into it.
Anola is fascinated by aspects such as the history of music and music theory, saying, music to her has no genre, therefore, she sings her emotions as experienced.
Her style of music, Anola said, can be categorised as R&B, Soul, Blues, Pop, Trap and Hip-hop, adding that she has various musical influences such as Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Micheal Jackson, Whitney Houston, Beyonce Knowles and many more.
An early turning point in her music career was in 2006 when Anola had the opportunity to sing background for a huge African Mega superstar going by the name Tuface “2baba” Idibia who sang the soundtrack to the movie Phat girlz staring comedian Monique titled “African Queen.”
She took part in the biggest 2014 Midwest Afrobeat festival in Chicago featuring Psquare. In 2016, she was an opening act for Wande Coal and Tiwa Savage. Her latest opening act show was in 2019 at Chicago for Teni “Tenientertainer”. In 2020 she did the backup vocals for Sweet Mary J by Kcee.
Anola said her musical journey has been a beautiful one thus far, having developed her sound throughout the years, and her experiences make her a force to be reckoned with, submitting that her style of music is captivating but yet versatile.