Wednesday, 18. June 2008: AYO revient avec un nouvel album, Gravity At Las (Universal Music)
Composé de 13 titres originaux écrits et composés par AYO, cet album a été enregistré en seulement 5 jours au studio Compass Point aux Bahamas, mythique studio du label Island (Bob Marley, James Brown, The Rolling Stones…). L’enregistrement s’est déroulé dans les conditions du live, sans répétitions préalables. La production a été confiée une nouvelle fois à Jay Newland (Joyful de AYO ; Come Away With Me de Norah Jones) qui a choisi de travailler en analogique donnant ainsi un son vintage à l’album. AYO a également souhaité s’investir elle-même dans la production, aux côtés de Jay. A noter aussi la participation de Lucky Peterson aux claviers et Larry Campbell à la guitare (guitariste entre autres de Bob Dylan). Gravity At Last – À paraître le 29 septembre 2008.
Thursday, 13. March 2008: Ayo, From The Bahamas with Love! (Message from Ayo. on MySpace)
… I am in Nassau, Bahamas, where I have started my new album recording here at Compass Point Studios … I already have about 9 songs in the can after three days of recording. I am going to record as much as possible and then we will decide what goes on the album. What I can tell you is that this record will be a lot more rhythmic than the first one. There are a couple of ballads of course, but I wanted to show the uptempo side of my music. … my management and label are working on a U.S. Spring and summer tour. Things had to be moved around a bit to accommodate this album recording, but as you can see, dates are starting to pop-up on my schedule. …
Thursday, 31. January 2008: A message from AYO……..REALLY!!! (Message from Ayo. on MySpace)
… I wanted to let you know that in three weeks I will be in the Bahamas to record my new album. I am looking forward to it and certainly to sharing it with you. “En particulier, la France me manque beaucoup et je ne vais jamais oublier ce que vous m’avez donne!”…
… Right now, we are scheduling a U.S. tour which will start in April and cover continental U.S. and Hawaii. I will also be back in Europe starting in September, with a new album and tour dates. …..
Thursday, 13. December 2007: Internationaler Vertrieb für Superstar "Ayo" !!! News from Merchstore.net
Auch wenn Ayo sich selbst eher als "Nomade" bezeichnet, hat sie im Merchstore ein zu Hause für ihre hochwertigen Fanartikel gefunden. In Deutschland noch als Geheimtipp gehandelt, holt die sympathische Halbnigerianerin in Frankreich und Italien bereits eine goldene Schallplatte nach der anderen. Ihre aktuelle Ayo-Jacke zeigt, dass sie durchaus auch Ambitionen im Modebusiness hegt… Merchstore.net übernimmt dabei den kompletten Europavetrieb der gesamten Kollektion.
Friday, 7. December 2007: Home News Tribune: The future looks bright for Afro-German singer Ayo by Chris Jordan - (Source)
After living in France and Germany the last years Ayo. has moved to the West Village in New York City. She said on her tour through the US: "I haven't quite realized that I'm in my new home. I'm the kind of person who doesn't make plans and I'm not very organized. I'm more of a spontaneous person."
Tuesday, 27. November 2007: AP: Singer's debut tinged with sadness - (Source)
Event producer Jill Newman, who hired Ayo to open for Sly & the Family Stone in New York City, calls her "a unique musician and vocalist. … She recently settled in Manhattan and finally has the stable family life she's craved. "I moved around so much and it's tiring. Now it's exciting (having a real home)," she says with a laugh. "It's the first time I worry about finding the bed I want. I want to make the space beautiful."
Monday, 31. October 2007: All The Music News: Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds Announces US Tour with Special Guest Ayọ - (Source)
Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds will return to the road for his first U.S. tour date schedule in years this fall, in support of PLAYLIST. His newest album is the first release on the newly re-launched Mercury Records label … Kenny's special guest is Ayo, the critically-acclaimed, International platinum soul singer/songwriter whose U.S. debut CD will be released on Interscope Records on November 20th. Her PBS special, "Live From Monte Carlo", will air in December.
Sunday, 28. October 2007: Starpulse News Blog: 'Ayo: Live From Monte-Carlo' Featured As PBS Fund Raising Special During December - (Source)
Ayo "Live from Monte-Carlo" will be presented on U.S. Public Television as both a one hour special and as a 90-minute fund raising special nationwide. … Ayo will be introduced to the American market on television through more than 300 PBS affiliates covering 99% of total U.S. households. … The Ayo PBS pledge special will show the audience a romantic fairy tale of a princes performing in a Cinderella like setting. The Ayo PBS pledge special is expected to reach a total USA audience of more than 20 million viewers. The special will in addition be broadcast around the world. … and has just embarked on an ambitious worldwide tour, which will bring her to the States this fall, in anticipation of a full North American tour in the spring of 2008. The artist and label will support the launch of the album and special with a full PR & advertising campaign in the USA. Ayo will in addition perform at the PBS station gathering in October in Palm Springs.
Saturday, 13. October 2007: Vibe Magazine: Interscope Records to distribute the album Joyful in the US - (Source)
Ayo has signed a new deal with Interscope Records to distribute her platinum selling debut album – "Joyful" – in the United States according to the last issue of Vibe magazine.
Friday, 12. October 2007: Daily Mail article with interview by Jane Gordon in the online YOU magazine - (Source)
Ayọ speaks about her traumatic experiences during her childhood when she, after her mother became addicted to heroin, was seperated from her father by the authorities who moved her and her brothers to foster homes. She also plans for the next stage of her career to move to the States.
- Daily Mail, 12.10.2007: I saw things a child should never see', says soul singer, Ayo
Friday, 6. April 2007: New Singing Star Ayo Comes to Korea - (Source)
Emerging new pop star Ayo will come to Korea to promote her debut album “Joyful.” She gained popularity here in Korea when her hit song “Down on My Knees” was included in the original soundtrack of a Korean TV drama recently.
She will arrive in Korea on April 8th and attend a promotional event on the 11th at the KT Art Hall in downtown Seoul. She plans to sing some seven songs during the event, including “Down on My Knees,” “Help is coming,” and “Only You.” Korean singers and a noted songwriter are scheduled to appear on the event as well.
Ayo will also make appearances on a variety of radio and TV programs during her stay in Korea.
- The Korean Times, 11.4.2007: Soul Diva Ayo Sings Your Troubles Away