Funkè Ojo-Emessiri known by her stage name UniekGrace was pleasantly surprised by the positive feedback she received when she started taking music more seriously, but this incredibly talented Urban-Soul singer/songwriter has been building a buzz in Nigeria since the release of her single “I’m a survivor” in 2016.
UniekGrace started humbly out of a true passion for music and fate. With her catchy lyrics and positive energy, she manages to share good vibes and messages of hope to the rest of the world. “I love to sing and dance” states the singer, “and seeing people happy and smiling is highly rewarding”.
Being a typical third culture child, UniekGrace grew up dividing her time between Italy, Switzerland, the USA and Nigeria, where she encountered many different styles. These rich experiences enabled her to benefit from a large palette of influences while defining her own sound. Indeed, it is by blending Nigerian pop with European house that the now Brussels-based singer found the most suitable sound to carry her message of hope. “I would call my sound as Afro-pean” explains the versatile artist, “it is a mix of Afro pop with European house music influences”.
This mix seems to be to the liking of many, as UniekGrace has already two Nigerian tours under her belt, where she always makes a point of honor to get the crowd as engaged as possible: “It is important to me, that my audience is involved during my performances; that’s why I always take the time to teach people the chorus”.
Even though UniekGrace has been busy touring, promoting her project at numerous radio shows or expending her distinctive fashion style thanks to her Uniekgrace Vogue collection, she is very much looking forward to the release of her first EP “E go Better” on the 8th of January 2018. This release will be the opportunity to inspire even more people.
“What it comes down to me” notices UniekGrace “is to tell everyone that we are all unique. That we are all special. I want to share a message of hope and attract as many people as possible thanks to my positive vibes”.