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Truly original and inspirational singer/songwriters don’t come around too often in today’s current musical climate, which is why Obehi, the UK’s brightest R&B star-in-the-making is a unique talent.
After moving to Scotland from Nigeria as a child Obehi forged her cultural identity through exploring her love of soul and pop music. Prior to pursuing her music career, Obehi studied electronic and electrical engineering and lived a double life whilst following her musical path.
As the singer/songwriter Obehi herself says “music is part of me and who I am”. Early influences on Obehi’s moving and melancholic style range from the inimitable Luther Vandross to the magnificent Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke.
Having grown up with such rich musical influences Obehi building her own blossoming career in music with her own R&B/pop crossover of soaring, soulful love songs, something that she has already garnered critical acclaim for with her first release the Everything EP.
Her childhood idols, along with more contemporary influences like Ashanti, Beyoncé, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera have fused together to produce Obehi’s distinctively original sound, a contemporary combination of pop, R&B and soul. The result is a confident yet delicate approach which draws on the passion and power of soul and the catchy, confidence of pop.
Obehi isn’t just a gifted vocalist either, her songs are written entirely by her own hand and come fully equipped with a unique kind of charm, sensitivity and honesty that makes each and every track feel personal and from the heart.
It is Obehi’s exceptional singer/songwriter talent that has caught the ear of both the Glasgow and Edinburgh music scenes. Living her lyrics on-stage in captivatingly emotional performances has lead critics and fans alike to hail her as the next big name in UK R&B.
Obehi symbolises the dream of becoming a musical icon and since those rose-tinted days of her childhood listening to Vandross and Marvin Gaye she has worked tirelessly to achieve it.
As Obehi herself claims “When I started out I knew nothing about releasing records I was just a girl with a mic’ who loved to sing.” Such a frailty, innocence and deep-seeded love is at the heart and soul of her music.
With the release of her new 4 track EP- Bittersweet, Obehi shows herself to be a delicate yet powerful soul singer with a deft touch for pop and R&B production on track to gaining recognition as a major UK R&B artist.