Check out Nigerian-American songstress Nola Adé’s jazzy single “Cool.”
Produced by Brandon Major and Nola herself, the Chicago-native says the song’s inspiration came from merely standing on a subway platform in NYC. “Inspiration, for me, can come from the simplest things…. I heard a horn player playing a variation of the horn part of the song “Cool Like Dat” by Digable Planets,"" she explained. "As soon as I heard it, I thought it was pretty dope, and I started to freestyle a melody over it, and then I developed lyrics from that melody. I wanted to find a way to merge that jazzy style with Soul/R&B and Hip Hop, and the song transformed into something totally different, and I loved it so much! It is, as you hear it today, a song that embodies who I am as an artist, the different levels of who I am.”
Upon graduating from college, Adé entered law school and became a legal intern at Rush Communications. But her love for music found her performing every Sunday night at The Village Underground open mic. When she returned to Chicago, Adé performed background vocals with acts like The Ones and at spots like The Elbo Room and Hard Rock Café, building a fan base by doing innovative covers. The exposure landed her opportunities to open for Avery Sunshine and Bilal
“Cool” will grace Nola’s indie debut EP The Love Dance coming this winter.