Flo was born to shine. Without hearing her sing a single note, one knows she is a lady, a queen. Strong and intelligent, the chocolate-honey alto that comes so naturally to her sends her audiences soaring. Her melodies ring in your mind for days. Flo is emotion and truth juxtaposed. Her musical style is firmly rooted in R & B, with generous infusions of jazz, soul, and a hint of pop. A Canadian prairie R & B phenomenon like Remy Shand, Flo hails from Manitoba. Born to Nigerian parents, she sings in a style reminiscent of the great voices of our times, evoking the velvety-sensitive forthrightness of Sade, and the integrity and social awareness of Lauryn Hill. A few short years ago, the Winnipeg music scene knew nothing of Flo. Every time she heard someone doing what she loved most, she felt "a big ache in her heart". Fulfilling her parents' wishes, she chose to pursue her postgraduate studies. But fortunately for all of us, music would not let her be... In fact, music had never let her be. As she was growing up, Flo's Portugese neighbors playfully dubbed her and her siblings, 'The Singing Sisters'. She studied piano, flute, cello, dance, and sang in her school choir. But it was hearing Lauryn Hill's rendition of 'Joyful, Joyful' in Sister Act 2 that finally set her off. After years of watching from the sidelines, Flo auditioned and got her first taste of true recognition as she soloed for the high school musical tour. The euphoric feeling of performing irreversibly remained. Flo continued to persevere in her studies, to honor her parents' expectations of excellence. To this day, Flo will inadvertently belt out a song in the middle of the night (much to the chagrin of her sleeping father!), sing as she works with her physiotherapy patients and co-workers - probably be caught carrying a tune on the bus and in restaurants. Whatever the reason, Flow will sing. And Flo will write... She envisions herself creating timeless music and a revolution of great lyrics. Several songwriter friends have collaborated with her on her upcoming album. Though unstoppable and passionate, Flo is not one to recklessly rush her way to the top - she wants music for life. Her goal is the journey... and having fun along the way. Ultimately, she wants to establish an endlessly lasting space for herself while showing others how to do it, too. This is Flo. She embodies a pure, natural desire to write and sing, and to inspire. She travels into realms of soul that some artists never tap into, and this is only the beginning. "And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." Nelson Mandela.
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