Oyinkansola Aderibigbe, professionally known as Ayra Starr is a fast-rising Nigerian Afro-pop singer, songwriter, performing artist, fashion & face model. She came to limelight after she got signed to Mavin record, a Nigerian record label founded by record producer and recording artist, Don Jazzy on May 8, 2012.
Ayra Starr delivers her music with a unique voice which has been described as silky, cozy, delicate, sturdy, arresting and soulful. She is known for songs whose lyrics explore a variety of languages like English, Pidgin English, and Yoruba, which cut across love, emancipation, relationships, and empowerment. She also has one eponymous EP with songs such as ‘Away’, ‘Ija’, ‘DITR’, ‘Sare’, ‘Memories’…‘Read full article’
This article is all about the juicy details about the talented Afro-pop singer, Ayra Starr; her biography, real name, age, state, tribe, education, career, family, relationship, songs, awards, nominations and net worth.
Oyinkansola a.k.a Ayra Starr, born 14 June 2002, hails from Cotonou, in Bénin Republic but grew up in Lagos State, Nigeria. She was raised by Nigerian parents, Mr & Mrs. Aderibigbe from Kwara State. She has four siblings: brothers, Ade and Dami and two sisters, Tolulope and Jesutunmise.
Ayra Starr’s younger brother, who also goes by the nickname Milar, helps co-write most of her music and recently got signed to Mavin Records as a professional songwriter. She was also raised in a music-loving family, and her interest in singing comes mostly from her family.
The singer’s family moved frequently during her high school years because of her father’s business, and as a result of that, she had a hard time forming close friends. In 2018, Ayra Starr lost her Dad and that had a huge effect on her as she was very close to her Dad. She also wrote and sang tribute songs to her dad.
Real Name: Oyinkansola Aderibigbe
Stage Name: Ayra Starr
Date of birth: June 14, 2002
Age: 21 years
State of origin: Edo
Profession: Model, Singer, Songwriter
Record Label: Mavin Records (2021 to Present)
Net Worth: $400,000
At the age of 10, Ayra Starr sang in a high school choir and began writing songs with her younger brother. She attended Les Cours Sonou University and received a BA degree in international relations and political science. During her college years, her classmates often bullied her because of her age and appearance.
In order to counter the feelings she experienced from being taunted, Ayra Starr turned to music by listening to Nicki Minaj’s music on her way to school. Her mother was very supportive of her musical ambitions and always encouraged her to pursue a singing career.
In 2018, Ayra started as a model at 16 with Quove Model Management. She also had the opportunity to work with companies such as Mazelle Studio, Complete Fashion Magazine, and Esperanza Woman before drifting into music.
Ayra Starr started by remaking popular music and posting the covers of songs by artists like Andra Day and 2Face Idibia on Instagram. In 2019, she uploaded her original song, “Damage,” which went viral and caught the attention of popular music executive and record producer, Don Jazzy of Mavin Records, who signed her to the record label.
According to Ayra Starr, her intention with the mavins record was to make music that would resonate with both young and old listeners. Starr wrote one of the songs on the EP alone, and co-wrote the remaining four with her brother Dami.
In 2021, the multi-talented female singer rose to limelight when she released her eponymous EP debut extended play and its hit track “Away”, which ranked number four on Nigeria’s TurnTable for two consecutive weeks and went to number 17 on US Billboard’s Top Triller Global. The music video for her EP’s smash track “Away” was also aired on MTV Base’s Official Naija Top 10 and was included in OkayAfrica’s list of The 9 Best Nigerian Songs of January 2021.
Following the success of ‘Away’ in 2021, Ayra released her debut studio album, 19 & Dangerous. The album, mainly classified as Afro-pop and R&B, which contains 11 tracks including ‘Cast’, ‘Fashion Killer’, ‘Lonely’, ‘Snitch’, ‘Toxic’, ‘In Between’, ‘Beggie Beggie’, ‘Karma’, ‘Bloody Samaritan’, ‘Bridgertn’, ‘Amin’ and has received positive reviews from critics. In Nigeria, it also gave rise to two top forty songs.
The EP had five hot tracks, one being ‘Away’, which has been a hit since its release. “Bloody Samaritan,” the lead single from the album, climaxed on the Top 50 chart, becoming the first solo song by a female artist to reach the number-one position.
In addition, Starr debuted on the Pandora Predictions chart, and on August 28, 2021, she ranked number two on Billboard’s Next Big Sound. Due to her unique voice, she got featured on Johnny Drille’s “in the light” song. In September 2021, she was announced as a brand ambassador for Pepsi Nigeria.
Shortly after the announcement as a brand ambassador, Starr performed during a live eviction episode of Big Brother Naija. She also collaborated with Cheque on “Dangerous”, the second track on his album Bravo. At the 8th African Muzik Magazine Awards, she was nominated for Best Newcomer award. In 2022, the gifted singer released a new single, ‘Rush’, which ranked No.1 on Apples Chart.
She has released many songs, some of which are below;
- This Your Love
- Worth My While
- I’m Feeling Vibes On Vibes
- In Between
- Skinny Girl Anthem
- AJE – A COLORS SHOW
- Lonely Refix
- Fashion Killer
- Biggie Biggie
- Love Don’t Cost A Dime
- Bloody Samaritan
Awards and Nominations
- African Entertainment Awards USA 2021
- Best New Artist
- African Muzik Magazine Awards 2021
- Best Newcomer
- Mobo Awards 2021
- Best African Music Act
- Net Honours 2021
- “Away” Most Played R&B Song Nominated
According to reports, Ayra Starr has no boyfriend or husband for now. She was still dealing with a bad breakup around the time of her signing with Mavin Records and her father’s painful demise.
She may have a hit song named “Rush,” but she appears to be in no rush to get with any man. However, if she has, she has made no mention of it.
Ayra Starr has amassed a sizable fortune in the music business. She is currently one of Nigeria’s most popular and youthful performers. According to records, her net worth is estimated to be $400,000.
Her successful profession in music plays the most role in her high net worth alongside other businesses she engages in, including modeling and endorsement deals. She also generates money for her coffers through shows and social media ads.
Ayra is also known for her love for sports cars and sports utility vehicles. She ridess a Toyota 2020 land cruiser which she splashed an insane 40 million naira on. Along with LC, she also acquired some tough Sedan jeeps.
Ayra Starr currently has over 2 million followers on Instagram, and over 700k followers on Twitter.
You can connect with Ayra Starr on various social media platforms through the usernames given below;
- Instagram: @ayrastarr
- Twitter: @ayrastarr
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