THURROCK’S Henrietta Adewole who graduated from the vocal degree at ACM in 2015 has recently seen success performing alongside John Newman.
Since graduating Henrietta has found herself extremely busy. Her first success saw her performing lead vocals with chart hitting dance duo BLONDE during the festival season of 2015.
"I got to travel all over the UK and Ireland and performed in front of over 40/50,000 people which is insane I never thought I would be doing something like that so quickly! I’ve performed at Lovebox in London, MADE festival in Manchester, Save the day in Bristol and many more, it was crazy actually!"
Through her connections with BLONDE, Henrietta found herself performing backing vocals for John Newman on a BBC Live Lounge session in 2015. Newman was so impressed with Henrietta that she was then invited to do the Jonathan Ross Show where she was chosen by Rod Stewart to then perform with him.
Newman asked Henrietta back to perform again this year both in Norway for Bergen Fest and Poland Life Festival, during this time Henrietta got to share a stage with RUDIMENTAL.
Currently, the talented young vocalist is preparing to do backing vocals for Kwabs on his European tour alongside working on her third single release.
Having released two singles this year, one of which has accumulated over 40,000 listens in under two months, Henrietta hopes to launch an EP next year.
Henrietta shared her ACM experience and spoke of advice to the next generation of students…
"My course gave me an understanding of what being an artist is about. Writing music and working with other musicians. It also taught me how to be professional, and gave me an understanding on how a band work together. It has also broadened my mindset on doing backing vocals and functions as before I went to ACM I didn’t have a clue about anything!!
"My course gave me the knowledge of what to look out for in contracts, managers and labels. During my time at ACM, the Teachers’ experiences and effective lessons were helpful because they’ve been there and done it. Their support and advice were valuable and helped me a lot. My advice to future and present students would be work hard, be nice, stay focused, be hungry for it and never take no for an answer. Pray for grace and grow tough skin!!"