Empress Ayeola, hailed as a Musical Warrioress, made her debut in 2005 with the release of her album “ISATINNAT.” Born in England and raised in Jamaica since the age of two, she attended Primary and Secondary School in the parish of Manchester.
During her high school years at Cross Keys Secondary, her music teacher, the late Sonia Spence, recognized her singing potential. Sonia, known for her seventies hits “Leaving On A Jet Plane” and “No Charge,” introduced Empress to the music industry as a backing vocalist. She gained experience performing live sessions and shows before stepping into the spotlight.
Empress Ayeola is renowned for her lyrical prowess, fearlessly addressing contemporary issues through her songs. She delivers a message of truth, advocating for rights and showing a special interest in the development of the next generation.
In the early 90s, under her given name, Empress Ayeola recorded for Ossie Thomas’ Rhino Record Label. She collaborated with notable session musicians like the FireHouse Crew. Throughout 2001 to 2011, Empress released several singles on various record labels, including hits like “Edge Of Life,” “Hold On To Rasta Love,” “Sweet Reggae Music,” “Step Into My World,” and “Live Good.” Her song “Don’t Be Resentful” on Pharos Records in 2005 led to a live recording on BBC Radio 1xtra. Currently, Empress Ayeola is collaborating with other artists while working on her next album.
Her recordings span across the UK and Jamaica, working with producers and labels such as Bobby Digital, Acoustic Vibes, Riverbank Records, Stingray, Pecking’s, Mikey Melody, and Reggae Wave, among others.
With the success of her album “ISATINNAT” and her captivating live performances, Empress Ayeola is establishing a solid reputation in the industry. She has shared the stage with renowned artists like Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Kymani Marley, Capleton, Ijahman Levi, Midnite Band, Bunny Wailer, and Desmond Dekker. Empress Ayeola’s explosive stage presence was first witnessed in 2001 at the Gibus “Jamaican Royal Festival” in France, and she has since performed at various international venues and festivals.
Her journey continues with a focus on her distinctive Binghi style and revolutionary lyrics. Empress Ayeola’s fiery performances have captivated audiences across Switzerland, Austria, Jamaica, France, Belgium, and the USA. She has appeared at notable events such as “Rebel Salute” in Jamaica and the “UNICEF Humanitarian Reggae Festival” in Cannes, France.
Empress Ayeola’s commitment to her craft remains unwavering. She has released singles like “Jah Jah Ah Di Mastah” and “US AGAINST THE WORLD,” showcasing her talents as a singer and songwriter. In recent years, she has performed at Jamaica’s renowned “Reggae Sumfest” and other local venues alongside esteemed artists like Dennis Alcapone and Lady G.
Currently, Empress Ayeola is working on her upcoming album titled ‘Empress Ayeola & The Legends.’ This highly anticipated project features collaborations with legendary figures in Jamaican reggae such as Beres Hammond, the late Dennis Brown, Yellowman, Big Youth, Mykal Rose, Little Roy, Dennis Alcapone, Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, and many more. With over sixty contributors, including renowned artists, musicians, producers, engineers, and background vocalists, this album is set to make a significant impact on the reggae music industry.
In addition to her ongoing collaborations, Empress Ayeola continues to record for independent labels, with recent releases from Wayne Lyrics’ Reggae Wave Records label, including the track ‘Respect Yourself.’ Her dedication and talent are poised to illuminate the reggae music scene under the Water Colours Entertainment Label with her forthcoming album.”
Empress Ayeola’s work is driven by a deep commitment to champion the rights of the Motherless and Fatherless, as well as the well-being of Babes and Suckling. As a warrior Empress, she upholds the Order established by Rastafari, embracing the principles of Universal love that are integral to His Imperial Majesty’s (H.I.M) way of life. Her music and actions reflect her dedication to these ideals, as she uses her platform to advocate for love, justice, and equality for all.