Charming, witty and soft spoken Rachael Azubuike is simply called, REA. Born 19th December into an Anglican Family in Abia State, the South-Eastern part of Nigeria, REA had from a very tender age consistently shown her great passion for music.
REA’S childhood and growing up, was a calm, quiet and bookish one. There were a whole lot of transfers and relocations due to the nature of her dad’s job; hence there the gift and the curse of meeting and interacting with different types of people at quite an early stage in her life.
Being the last child, REA was the parents’ favorite and in an orthodox home, education was paramount. As earlier stated REA was quite the musically precocious child, but her passion for music was put on hold, because according to her father “Music was a distraction”. At age eighteen, REA gained admission to study Psychology at the Imo State U. Owerri, and the passion for music all came rushing back. Really eager she had to join the Choir. Being much of a tomboy, did not make it easy for her to be one of the sought after lead singers, because she always appeared rather bookish in her nerdy prescribed lenses. “I felt at some point that my passion for music is just me being another “Alice in wonder Land” ” She says.. but that did not stop her from believing. She was influenced by the great females musicians like Onyeka Onwenu, Christie Essien Igbokwe, Mariam Makeba, Whitney Houston and Brandy. She also gravitated towards Bob Fits, Don Moen, Bob Marley, Majek Fashek, Lucky Dube, Toni Braxton and Michael Jackson. Spontaneously bursting into a mime whenever she heard songs by the above artistes kept her going. According to REA, “l do not understand much about fashion and do not really care, because music completes that loophole for me…. I love singing. It’s simply Amazing to be able to tell a story using Music”
In 2003, REA met a school mate Nene, who introduced her to Plus One (Chidi Nwosu), CEO and in-house producer for Flaming Palms Entertainment. He became her musical partner, helping her find bearings put her through the basics of what music making was all about. That synergy produced six gospel singles,
Since then the journey into full musical career for REA became unstoppable. Her sonorous voice became one of the more refreshing acts to make Alternate music more appealing in the Nigerian music industry. Gifted with a knack for strong lyrics and an ear for melody, she is reminiscent of artistes like Asa and Tracy Chapman. She finds herself in a unique position of being smack in the middle of both these powerful musicians.
Currently she has a couple of singles on rotation which include the rock inspired Crowded and the electronic dancehall Electrifyer.
The singles are from her yet to be released album ….Songs on the Edge..