Ekene & The Source
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The best kept secret in music



"She invites the audience into a very soulful world of deep emotions that cradle you." - Howie Greenberg NYC Correspondent


My single "Catch You" was released in Japan on Velour Recordings/EMI Japan.

My debut album is a work-in-progress, expected street date May 25th.




Ekene Nwokoye was born and raised in Nigeria until the age of three whereupon she moved to the United States. Raised on seventies soul artists like Aretha Franklin and Chaka Kahn, Ekene’s diverse background has influenced her contemporary, soulful sound. “My first solo performance was in the church when I was fourteen years old. Gospel music opened up my heart and my voice in a way no other music has”. This classic dichotomy rests at the core of Ekene’s sound. The sacred music of the church combined with the popular music of her youth is the platform from which she took off.

Educated at Tufts University in Boston, Ekene sang in an all girl R&B/gospel group where she served as the musical director. “Being in Boston was also a huge influence on me. I sang a lot of soul and funk music with the funk/hip-hop bands that were around at that time, which introduced me to many of the musicians I play with now”.

As a singer songwriter now living in New York, Ekene’s sound has been influenced by the presence of these astounding musicians. Her band The Source, made up of Eric Krasno (Soulive) on guitar, Adam Deitch (John Scofield, Average White Band) on drums, James Hurt (Blue Note) on keyboards and Matt Rubano (Lauryn Hill) on bass, brings a sound that electrifies crowds, taking it back to the days when live R&B and soul/funk music dominated the airwaves.