Akua Tu
"Ethereal Soul" Singer

Biography

When asked what the name Akua Tu conjures up in the minds of those introduced to her, the words, “a beautiful flower embracing the morning sunlight”, creative, charismatic, spiritual and very organic.

This does indeed describe this positively minded, British-born Ghanian singer songwriter.

When asked about the specific genre that she would like to be placed in, the answer would most definitely be "Ethereal Soul" having realised that this gives her the creative freedom to just be. 

Currently living in the United Kingdom, England, Akua Tu started singing in the school choir and at the tender age of 9 was singing in the UK’s equivalent of the Royal Festival Hall in Germany and HongKong. At the age of 14 she performed at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre in London on several occasions and at the age of 17 successfully auditioned for the London Community Gospel Choir but due to the strict upbringing of her Ghanaian parents, was unable to go on tour. She spent the next few years writing for herself and other artists. Working full time and still doing music on the side Akua was offered an independent record deal to record two albums as a solo artist but felt that the time was not right. 

Feeling the need to find herself musically, Akua decided to go to college and in doing so, achieved the highest credits in World Music, Art and Technology, which incorporated modules in Advanced Rehearsal/Performance Preparation and Techniques as well as Advanced Singing/Live Musicianship.

She decided to teach herself  guitar  (2007) having had a catalogue of vocal melodies and lyrics. Akua Tu spent her early years listening to the Jazz Greats, Isaac Hayes and a multitude of other artists, which gave her the impetus to record and release a collection of self penned tracks with her debut album "Introspection" (2009) showcasing the versatility of her songwriting skills from both a singing and listening prospective.

Akua Tu’s previous experiences included being the lead vocalist in an R’n’B Trio, performing at several venues in and around London, including the BBC Studios in Maida Vale as part of a competition held by R’n’B DJ Trevor Nelson as well as being one of four backing vocalist in a 16 piece African Jazz Band.  She also did backing vocals for gospel bands gracing the same stage as the Sounds of Blackness amongst other noted artistes as part of the Reading Festival.

At a  British Academy Of Songwriters, Composers and Authors songwriting critique (BASCA June 2009) Tim Fraser, Phil Pickett and Peter Cunnah (D:Ream), were very impressed with her piano and vocal track "Mother Nature".

She is now embarking on a solo career as a singer/songwriter bringing you a new flavour of music called “Ethereal Soul”.