A dynamic songwriter with a distinct vocal tone, Tomi Owó has a gift of incorporating reality with substance, to make for the musical output she is coming to be known for. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, she grew up in a musically inclined family, where music from all over the world was appreciated, and where making music was a way to express the many facets of life; and she dreamed of making her contributions through music one day.
That dream took flight in 2015, when she decided to release one song a month on SoundCloud, while she still worked in corporate capacity. The project produced five songs – Pieces, Ilẹ, Inside Out, Rora, and Versus. This debut effort helped her find her musical voice, and then went on to make an impression in the community of new generation art and music connoisseurs, opening the singer up to a world of possibilities. She thereafter made the move to make music full-time.
Growing up, she was also drawn to other forms of art, expressing this through personal poetry and dance. Joining the University choir was pivotal to her growth as a singer, as it was her first prolonged exposure to the rudimentaries of music. After graduation, she took music theory classes on the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) platform, to learn the keyboard and deepen her knowledge of music theory.
Tomi Owó believes music is a gift, and a channel through which we can tell our stories, support ideals, and inspire change. She writes from diverse influences, and her sound is mellow, albeit rich with eclectic vocal dynamics. Her genre is alternative and unafraid, a musical palette splashed with soul, pop, and afro-inspired sounds, which she has altogether termed “Alternative Soul.” Her musical influences cover post 90’s Soul, classics, indigenous sounds, and more modern arrangements.
Her debut LP is presently in the works, scheduled for a 2017 release.