Mercy Ngozi Alu: Is an inspirational writer, recording vocalist from Nigeria, although a naturalized American. She sings Gospel and also inspirational Afro-pop. She brings rich, authentic rhythms of African pop, a World beat matched with her unique voice. Some of her tracks include “Chidimma” an African Gospel Medley, “African Queen”, a lively gyrating groove capturing the soulful African tune from all across the continent, “Jewels of Africa”, a 14 track album which was initially released by Elite-Platinum Entertainment, “Ezigbo m”, an album in local Igbo dialect.
Mercy was born the fifth child of seven children in Eastern Nigeria, to Dr. Matthew and Bernadette Alu. She is from Afikpo in Ebonyi State and attended Bishop Lasbrey Girls secondary school, as well as Ikenegbu primary school in Owerri, Imo State. As a child, she enjoyed singing while helping her parents on the farm or fetching water. She also sang beginning in primary school, at school events, church programs and performing choirs, and many other hosted events. She also enjoyed composing songs. Her father was a lecturer who worked his way up gradually in his career but infused the importance of education in his children. Due to this influence, she studied in fields of interest and eventually traveled to the United States to further her education.
Ngozi’s music is inspired by her love for culture, history, and her experiences in her humble beginnings. Some of her favorite old-school African classic singers who may have influenced aspects of her musical style are Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Brenda Fassie, Onyeka Onwenu. The soulfulness of her vocal style is born out of many losses and challenges along her path, yet she sees the beauty and potential of youth both on the African continent and on a global scale.
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