Mercy Ngozi Alu is an inspirational songwriter and singer from Nigeria. After receiving great response for her track “Chidimma”, an African Gospel Medley, she has recently released her new single “African Queen” on major music platforms like Spotify, iTunes, and YouTube. The video song features groovy Afro beats and an intriguing video that takes one into the fun side of the African continent. The song features a lively gyrating groove capturing the soulful African tune from all across the continent.
Mercy sings Gospel and inspirational Afro-pop. She brings rich, authentic rhythms of African pop, a World beat-matched with her unique voice. Some of her other tracks include “Jewels of Africa”, a 14 track album which was initially released by Elite-Platinum Entertainment featuring hip-hop, reggae, and R&B styles. Her song “Together As One” released under the now-defunct Tate Music Group Oklahoma, along with the album “Ezigbo”, in local Igbo West African dialect.
Mercy’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 famed South African Artists, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Johnny Clegg, Brenda Fassie, and many other soulful American and Nigerian artists. 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.
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 began her musical journey by singing in school events, church programs and performing choirs including Urbana High School Concert Choir Illinois where she completed high school, and many other hosted events. She has been featured on Voice of America radio show and covered in entertainment news by local and international outlets including; the Illinois State Journal Register, the Indiana Gazette, African Independent Television, Ghana Radio, etc. As a child, Mercy enjoyed composing songs. Her father was an orphan who later became a Military Officer, Professor and Community Leader who worked his way up gradually in his career, infusing the importance of education in his children. Due to this influence, she studied in fields of interest, eventually travelling to the United States to further her education.
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