Born Joy Odiete Eseoghene to an Esan mom and an Urhobo father, who is a Pastor as well, J’odie grew up in Lagos – in a very religious environment and as a child sang in a choir; in high school, she led the school choir and at every point in her life, has been a member of a choir or singing group.
After High school, J’odie went on to study Mass communication at the University of Lagos, graduating in 2006, and the following year a new chapter opened in her life as she auditioned for the Idols West Africa talent show. Though not emerging Winner, petit-statured J’odie was a favorite as she thrilled viewers and Panelists with her vocal richness.
The Church may have been her take-off point, but being in a competition honed her skills and increased her musical repertoire as she delved into other forms of music apart from gospel.
After Idols, J’odie completed her national orientation program [NYSC], and has since been growing, learning and defining herself. That growth and definition has birthed the single Kuchi kuchi; the soothing rhythmic Zouk track, which since its release late last year is enjoying massive airplay. Jodie has worked with talented acts like Timi Dakolo and Ace Producers Cobhams and TY Mix, and has also performed at various events including the House on the Rock Carol Service 2010, This Present House (The Dome, Lekki), and La Vita Nuova 2010
With her inspiration borne mostly out of personal experiences and the bible, J’odie, the Singer and Jeweler comes out with a message of love, peace, and hope; all universal messages but with a personal spin that we can all relate with.
Peep the video below which was shot in Lagos and directed by Toka McBaror!