Since the release of "ISAT INNAT" her debut album in 2005, Empress Ayeola has been described as a Musical Warrioress, born in England in 1963 her family returned to Jamaica when she was two years old where she grew up attending primary & Secondary school in the parish of Manchester.
It was while attending high school (Cross Keys Secondary) that her singing potential came to the attention of her then music teacher the late Sonia Spence, better known for her seventies hit (Leaving on a Jet Plane). Spotting her vocal abilities, she introduced her to the music business as a teenager starting as a backing vocalist doing sessions with Sonia and other artist at various studios and at live shows in Jamaica, before eventually stepping out in her own right.
LIVE AT JASOUND FESTIVAL (FRANCE)
Generally acknowledged as lyrically gifted she has the ability to write songs that simple tell it as it is, without compromise, tackling serious issues relevant to today’s world and as a Rasta Empress sending out a message of truths & Rights with a special interest in the development of the next generation.
Her first recordings were in 2001 “Heads Of Babylon” with Jahmali & “I Hear the Cry” with Jah Mason as well as “Higher Meditation” & “Jah will Take Care Of You” for Buju Banton’s (Gargamel label). Her first release to hit the market was “Boundless Love” on the Africa River Nile label 2002, followed by the ever popular hit “Higher & Higher” River
Bank Records 2003, “ Broken By The System” Stargate Productions 2004 “Don’t De Resentful“ Pharos Records 2005 which lead to a live BBC Radio One recording of the song, then “Edge of Life” River Bank Records 2006 “Blessed Is He” Sirius Records 2007 and “Hold On To Rasta Love” Super Tec label 2008. In 2009 saw the release of “Dem Bow” and on the Peckings label. 2010 releases included “Jah Live Forever” for Sista Women in Reggae’s SWR label along with “Step Into My World” for Uprising Records and “Guilty” for Stingray Records. 2011 has already seen the release of “Live Good” on “The Shining Light” album for Reggae Wave Records with many more releases to come in 2011. Empress Ayeola is currently writing with other artists whilst recording and her next album.
Other Recordings for producers and labels in the UK and Jamaica includes Bobby Digital, Stingray, Peckings, Mikey Melody and Barry O’Hare among others.
live @ REBEL SALUTE 07
With the success of Isat Innat and her fiery live performances Empress Ayeola is building a solid name on the scene, shows in the US with the likes of Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Yami Bolo and Kymani Marley and in Europe with Capleton, IJahMan Levi & the late Desmond Dekker under her belt her reputation as "The Real Fire Mamma" is spreading fast.
Some of the many Concerts and Festivals Empress Ayeola has performed on are Niedergoshgen Splash 05 Switzerland, Wiesen Festival 05 Austria, Jamaica (23rd July 2006 HIM Earthday celebration) with 5th Element Crew, Gyptian, Chuck Fender & Perfect). Miami USA Lackark Stadium (June 25th 06) Wisdom Knowledge and Over-standing) with Mutabaruka, Fantan Mojah, I Wayne, Queen Ifrica, Turbulence plus other top names, France (Aug 4th) Ja’ Sound Festival with Bunny Wailer, Chinna Smith, and JahMali and Belgium 5th Aug Geel Festival with Sister Carol & The Congos, January 2007 saw her returning to Jamaica for her first appearance at Rebel Salute 07 with the likes of Buju Banton, Junior Kelly, Gentleman, I Wayne, Tony Rebel and The Abyssinians, her fire blazing performance was well received by both the crowd and the media. 2008 was a very productive year for Empress Ayeola which saw her performing in Holland, France and Hungary. Scotland saw Empress Ayeola for the first time at the Falkirk Festival in 2009 as well as UK dates touring with Chezidek in September of that year. 2010 & 2011 continued in Spain, France, London and Germany. Since then Empress Ayeola is now returning to Europe for more fire blazing performances.
During 2012 Empress Ayeola took time out to record her forthcoming album with world renowned UK based Producer Carlton “Bubblers” Ogilvie, Who was instrumental in the making of this album, entitled Straight To The Point.
Credited for his works with many artistes such as Marcia Griffiths, Beres Hammond,
Janet Kay, Sinead O’Connor, Suggs of Madness, Sugar Hill Gang, Maxi Priest, Arielle among others.
Also featuring is Empress Ayeola (daughter) new R&B Sensation Arielle. In collaboration on track title “Mother Nature“, a real treat for their fans.
Empress Ayeola has always loved Rastafari and is filled with passion in delivering her melodic message of love in her songs while dealing a heavy blow to the wicked with her cutting lyrics.
She gives Thanks to Rastafari Emperor Haile Selassie I, Empress Menen I for the blessing of a talent that can uplift, inspire and help spread the Message of love to all People, Beating down the oppression of Babylon.
Standing for the motherless & fatherless, babes & Suckling as a warrior Empress under the order set by Rastafari through his livity which embodies the principals of Universal love”.