American Sensation, Myoa Unveils Beautiful Journey In Lagos
Budding international singing sensation, Oluwamayowa Morenike Sobamowo popularly known as Myoa (pronounced like IOWA) was in Lagos last weekend for the unveiling of her EP, Beautiful Journey in company of her father, Tunde Sobamowo and publicist, Ijeoma Daramola.
Myoa, a play on the name Mayowa, which means ‘God brings joy,’ could be described as a combination of top musicians like Desiree, Asa, Basia and Sade Adu. Her type of music – soul, pop, and jazz – is music not for the noise or money, but good listening music for the soul, spirit and body.
The American-based ebony beauty said she decided to come back home to launch herself on the music scene because she wants to start her journey where her love for music began. “I am an international brand but I believe I was created to inspire and impact certain truths for my generation, and to give joy to people who listen to my music.”
She sees greater benefit in creating her own lane in the music business than trying to imitate the rifts and runs of today’s pop stars. “I can’t be am not. My voice and my music come from God and there is no sense in trying to sing songs that don’t speak to me or reflect what is in my soul.”
Produced by Cobhams Asuquo and co-written by herself, Myoa believes recording her first album, Beautiful Journey, “validates all my hard work as an independent artist.”
The eldest of three, Myoa began singing in school choirs, competitions and concerts as a young child, penning her first song at the age of nine. “I used to organize mini singing concerts with my sisters and write poems on the blackboard in our dinning room.”
Although her deep-seeded desire for a career in music continued, she opted for a traditional career path and headed off to pursue a college degree. It was while studying at the University of Plymouth, England that she honed her songwriting and keyboard skills.
Currently residing in Houston Texas, where she has quickly amassed a local following, Myoa performs live with her band at Hip Trendy Intimate venues.