Tullamore, County Offaly
Tolü Makay is an Afro-Irish singer, born in Nigeria and raised in the midlands of Ireland.
Inspired by soulful artists across the globe such as Erykah Badu, Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse, Asa and Labyrinth, Tolu strives to create songs that will forever inspire, heal and touch generations to come as she encounters and deals with and shares challenges and growth in her own life.
Tolü started singing in church at the age of 8. The simple act of leading a hymn slowly grew into leading praise and worship and eventually assisting the guidance of her local Redeem Church choir at 16.
After entering and winning a national gospel singing competition and releasing GUIDE ME ALL THE WAY she began to discover her own voice, becoming bolder and more confident in her power. A difficult period of questioning her faith led to her next song called REFLECTION.
Struggling to overcome the loss of a three year relationship and the loss of her religion she found the strength to venture bravely into the unknown once more. Her single GOODBYE came to light - “a reminder to let go of the negative people or energy around you who do not support or believe in you”. The song became anthemic for many across the UK and Ireland, reaching over half a million streams on Spotify.
In early 2019 Tolü teamed up with the Irish singer-songwriter delush to be the featured artist on his single THE GREATEST GIFT, which led to her signing with his record label Welcome to the New World and her first sigle release LET ME IN in March 2020, on the Berlin based label.
As part of the new Irish creative platform called The X Collective, Tolu released another single called COLLIDE alongside fellow Irish artists Zapho and Jenny Browne in collaboration with Welcome to the New World.
Tolü was selected as one of Ireland’s “ones to watch” for 2019 by Dave Allen and is currently working on her debut EP about personal growth in confidence and stages of self love which is due to September 2020.