Abiodun Koya is a classically trained Soprano vocalist and actress born to a family of five in a small town in the southwestern part of Nigeria. She started her music career at age six singing at church and birthday celebrations under the mentoring hands of her parents. Since then, she has grown to be one of the very few African women who sing opera.
Koya moved to the United State over 16 years ago where she established herself as a poet, composer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and songwriter; she loves recording movie soundtracks as well as writing story lines for plays and comedies. In her spare time, she holds master classes for choirs and college students as well as musical workshops, and empowerment programs for youth.
Abby, as she is fondly called, has sung for presidents, senators, ambassadors, governors, less privileged children, and Congress members to mention a few. A highlight of her career was an invitation to a black history month performance at the White House.
Abiodun was recently featured in the Americolor Opera Alliance’s presentation of LaRoche, an original opera about the only black male passenger on the ill-fated Titanic, where she assumed the role of “Madam Mae/Top Lady.”
At the special invitation of Bishop T.D. Jakes, she has also shared her music ministry at the Potter’s House in Texas and Colorado, followed by another performance at Rev. Franklin Richardson’s Grace Baptist Church in New York.
Abby holds a B.A. in Business Management and devotes her time and resources to her charity foundation, the Courtesy Foundation, which raises scholarship funds for girl orphans in Africa. She uses her musical platform to shed light on issues affecting African children and women.