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Award-winning Choir Director, Anu Omideyi, collaborates with legendary producer Nicky Brown to break her own mould in Gospel Pop ballad release
New single “Back To You” set for release on 26th February 2021
Anu is taking a slight detour from the several choirs she works with to release this single as a song for our current times. Breaking away from traditional choir or worship sounds, the contemporary sound of UK gospel is ever present in this track as producer extraordinaire Nicky Brown (Emeli Sandé, JP Cooper, Ellie Goulding to name a recent few) effortlessly fuses together Anu’s distinct tone with a laid-back RnB beat and warm pop, radio friendly music. Anu’s piercing lyrics combine with her warm vocals to hit the listener between the ears and squarely in the heart.
This song universally reflects our times of struggle everywhere in the world right now and provides hope. Images of fire, water and the wilderness come together to draw the listener through a journey that many will recognise. The lyrics and vocal will resonate with anybody who has struggled to understand where God is whilst they are enduring several seasons of hardship at once and openly addresses those difficult emotions. But it brings it all together with faith and hope that every traumatic experience or unanswered question finds its answer in God.
Anu is a seasoned worship leader and singer songwriter but is mostly known for her work with several choirs including multi award-winning and BBC Gospel Choir of the Year 2014 finalists, The Reapers Choir. She is currently producing an album for the Hillsborough Memorial Choir as part of the official final commemoration for the 1989 football stadium disaster.
Quotes and Press
“I was listening to an interview between Kirk Franklin and The Kingdom Choir when the melody and lyrics started to come to me as they were speaking. The discussion was about the need for greater honesty within Christian songs about what we’re really feeling and the song just poured out of me. I really hope people are encouraged by this to know that they’re not alone.”
Nicky Brown says:
“This is a song that drums up a lot of emotion and spiritual strength. It helps the listener to realise the power within. It was amazing how Anu was able to take the emotion of the subject and push it into a song which made it easier for me to hear where she was going with it because it was such a good song from the beginning.”
Ibe Giantkiller says:
“This is something spectacular from this creative individual.”
Of Anu’s previous EP “The Worship Must Go On”, Louder Than The Music says:
“From the opening track to the closing song this EP is full of power. When you press play, something special is happening on these songs. Firstly, the vocals are warm and beautiful, the lyrics hold nothing back, and you have the sense that the only aim here is to tell everyone how amazing God is. Secondly, the musicianship is nothing short of brilliant. This EP is so strong, musically, with plenty of quality. ”
Written and arranged by Anu Omideyi
Produced by Nicky Brown
Mastered by Drew Lavyne.
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Anu is an award-winning choir director, a singer-songwriter and worship leader.
She has managed, directed or produced many choirs of all ages, abilities and backgrounds nationally and internationally.
She is currently producing an album of the Hillsborough Memorial Choir to commemorate the final celebration of the 1989 Hillsborough Football Stadium disaster. She also tutors multiple choirs, singing groups and individual singers comprising every age, background and level of musical experience. She has directed, assisted or provided vocal tutoring for a number of other choirs including the LCCM Gospel Choir (who won the University Gospel Choir of the Year 2017), Nexus Institute of Creative Arts Gospel Choir (who won 1st Runner up at the University Gospel Choir of the Year 2018 and second runner up in 2019), Hackney Community Gospel Choir, Christ Apostolic Church (Bethel) Choirs, Godalming Community Gospel Choir, King’s Chapel Choir, Graceland Ministries Choir, RCCG Music Academy, RCCG Victory Choir, Spirit Led Worshippers, Covenant Love Chapel, St Matthew Academy School Choirs, Bonneville Primary School Choirs and several others. She is frequently called upon to provide masterclasses or vocal training workshops to singers, groups and choirs at educational institutions and music academies and has directed choirs in Norway (Sangfesten, Grenland) and Paris (Paris Gospel).
Most notably, she managed, directed and produced the award-winning The Reapers Choir for many years and still works very closely with them. Under her leadership the choir was a finalist in BBC1’s Gospel Choir of the Year 2014, won or was nominated for several awards and performed in venues including 10 Downing Street for the Prime Minister, Kensington Palace, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, and the London African Music Festival 2015 amongst countless others.
Anu was an off-screen judge for BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year 2019 and has been an official vocal coach for the University Gospel Choir of the Year UK since 2018, having been a UGCY judge two years prior.
Singer-Songwriter & Worship Leader
Anu released her debut solo EP in 2018 to critical acclaim, including “Track of the Week” on Premier Gospel radio, the UK’s foremost radio station and a rave review from Louder Than The Music, and great impact. She is frequently called on to sing at or lead worship at different events for audiences of all backgrounds ranging from Spring Harvest to a local community event. She is due to release her latest single “Back to You” on the 26th February 2021.
She is regularly called upon to run songwriting workshops or sessions.
She plays the piano and is learning how to play the guitar.
Other Music Roles
Anu now runs her own business, through , in which she provides musical services such as songwriting, producing and choir directing alongside services comprising chairing, hosting, public/motivational speaking and broadcasting.
She currently sits on the newly elected board of Directors of the Gospel Music Industry Alliance UK (2020), having previously sat on it between 2016-2018.