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Biography


"She silently stepped out of the race

she never wanted to be in, found her lane

and proceeded to win"

- Thanks Soror for sharing this inspiring quote on Facebook!


Onye's love and fascination with music began very young. She studied Western classical, jazz, gospel, musical theater, African art, Afro beat, Latin, hip-hop, pop, rock and r&b. She plays the piano, the guitar, and has a lot of experience with the bass, percussion, saxophone, violin, flute and drums.


She attended La Guardia High School of Music and art and the Performing Arts nicknamed the “Fame School” like notables Eartha Kitt and Liza Minnelli. During high school, she was placed in special classes and sang as a soloist and as a choral member at Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall. She was also a part of the Daily News All-City High School music program. Onye also studied various forms of dance including West African, jazz, ballet, and tap. After intense study, Onye became the first graduate of the Diller-Quaile School of Music's High School Certificate Program. She was also a Diller-Quaile summer program teacher. There she would teach children elementary music theory and dance.


Onye attended Wesleyan University. She served as a Director’s Assistant and was a soloist for the Wesleyan Concert Choir. She also sang with the Ebony Singers (gospel). She began broadening her world music scope by studying South Indian vocals and learning the art of playing in the Indonesian musical ensemble, Gamelan. She continued learning dance in college primarily West African and hip hop dance. She also learned the art of cheerleading and was apart of the cheerleading squad at Wesleyan University. She graduated winning awards for music and academic excellence.


Onye has been performing at Ashford and Simpson’s Sugar Bar, Soul Cafe, Lincoln Center, Thomasina's and several other venues. She has also worked on projects with up and coming artists. One of the artist collaborations involved the production and engineering skills of DJ KMT and DJ Red Alert. She was also offered contracts to write for Lauryn Hill. She has experience acting and modeling and was involved in Guy and Big Daddy Kane videos shoots. She also was an actress in the Nigerian film "Tainted". Onye was a soloist and former Vice President of her beloved Grace United Methodist Church choir.


Onye has been to Europe to perform in weddings, work in the studio, and was involved in video shoots. She has worked as a private vocal coach. Onye sang as a quartet member with Martha and the Heavenly Sounds. Martha and the Heavenly Sounds was a gospel quartet group that sang on the same bill as some of the most well known quartet groups and Stellar Award winning gospel singers. Onye also sang as a background singer for Sisters and Company. Sisters and Co. was a dynamic gospel group whose goal is to help battered women and one day open a shelter for woman in need. Onye was a member of the New York African Chorus Ensemble. The ensemble performed traditional African art songs and dance. Its primary mission is to enlighten the world in regards to African song and dance while also supporting professional and dedicated amateur artists monetarily. Onye served as the Vice President of NYACE as well as the Web Administrator. Onye sang with Hospital Audiences, Inc. The mission of Hospital Audiences, Inc., is to bring therapeutic and recreational entertainment through song and dance. Onye has also worked as a performing artist for public schools and colleges. Onye also sang with the bands Multipoint, 2012, Kallarje, and Soul Aces. The bands perform fantastic sets of smooth r&b, funk, disco, pop, and hip hop. Onye sang with these bands at some of New York's finest establishments. Her shows have been attended by well known and important political figures like the American Civil Rights Activist the Reverend Al Sharpton with the National Action Network, New York City Council Member Robert Cornegy, and Former New York Representative Charles Rangel. 


Onye has written and musically produced many beautiful songs about love and life. She is not just a singer/songwriter, but is quite savvy in regards to the entire music creation process. This independent woman, runs her own small studio where she creates quality works. She loves to tell stories that are therapeutic to the soul. It should not come as a shock that Onye values love and joy.  It runs her enterprise! Good music cures! She has written with DJ Clue’s father Ernesto Shaw Sr. and has just put out another CD. She desires to continue to spread love through soulful music and share it with the beautiful listeners that are around the world.