Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Amarachi spent the first years of her life in Nigeria before moving to United States in 1996 and finally settling in Houston in 1998. Unfamiliar with the American culture Amarachi remained quiet and reserved, keeping herself occupied by reading and participating in sports. While in school she began excelling in track & field gaining the attention of many colleges and universities. With a life long dream to compete in the Olympics, a career in track & field seemed inevitable but Amarachi also enjoyed singing and songwriting.
At a young age, she was encouraged by several family members and peers to pursue a musical career however she was unsure of where to start. She began writing songs and secretly recording them in her bedroom using a tape recorder. Pleased with what she heard along with an overwhelming desire to sing she joined her junior high school choir.
She recalls, ”I was in junior high when I joined a choir. It was then I knew I wanted to go further with a singing career. I went through high school knowing what I wanted to do but really couldn’t do it because my parents strongly encouraged; go to school, graduate and get a nine to five.”
Shortly after joining the choir Amarachi was invited to participate in several talent showcases where she displayed her vocal ability and won over local residents. The positive impression she made on the judges also opened doors to several performance offers in which she had to postpone because she was still in school.
After graduating high school at the age of 16, Amarachi spent two years in college on track scholarships before eventually dropping out to pursue a music career but there was a detour along the way. And as fate would have it, modeling would take precedent over her music career as fashion designers Spasso, TikiGlam, Tropicouture amongst several recruited the 5’8 slim framed beauty for runway shows and to be the face of their brand. She also credits her confidence as an artist from working in NYC’s competition modeling market. After a brief stay in New York, Amarachi returned to Houston and returned to her journey as a singer-songwriter.
She reintroduced herself unto the music scene by writing material and performing live acoustic sets before stepping into the studio with renowned production duo The Bama Boyz and Joshua Coleman to record her debut project. Slated for release Summer 2012 the debut EP features highly energetic tracks aback Amarachi’s rhythmic vocals, showcasing her ability as a songstress with a few melodic tunes in between.
“This EP is about me and the different takes of me and what I’ve been through and what I’ve seen others go through,” she says. While her music boasts originality she’s often compared to and categorized with Amy Winehouse and Toni Braxton.
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