A Nigerian by way of Austin, Texas, Wande Isola is a rising rapper who also A&Rs for Christian record label Reach Records. Wande uses her faith to inspire people of all ages to believe in the power that is within them and to raise above the noise of the world. Read below to learn more about her.
Using her infectious rap skills and personality, she accomplished an impressive 11-song release cycle in 2018 that featured a mix of features and original songs, earning her a Rapzilla,com Freshman nod for 2018, and launching her rap career. The momentum culminated in her being offered a recording contract offer from Reach Records where she worked as an A&R administrator and would become the first woman artist in the label’s 16 year legacy. “It was fulfilling knowing my work didn’t go unnoticed, given how much effort I put in,” said Wande. Her debut extended play (EP), Exit, was released on April 24, 2020, followed by a mini-EP The Decision on December 4, 2020.
Wande Early Life
Mutiat Yewande Isola professionally known as Wande, was born in Nigeria and raised in Round Rock and then Austin, Texas, United States.In addition to English, she is fluent in Yoruba.Most of her family was Muslim, except for her mother, who was Christian.At first she was not allowed to go to church, and then started having to get up at 5 A.M. to read the Bible and go with her mother to work so that she could get picked up to go to church.Wande said in April 2020 that she used to joke “that I’d go to Mosque and church”.
Her curiosity about God led her to search on the internet for Christian rap, and the first result to come up was the 2006 song “Prayin’ for You” by Lecrae.In sixth grade, she started playing the flute and studied music through junior high school.She converted to Christianity in seventh grade while interning at a camp in 2009 in Columbus, Texas, a decision for which she encountered opposition from within her family.While at the camp, she also saw a performance by the Christian hip hop collective 116 Clique, which at that time consisted of Lecrae, Trip Lee, Tedashii, and Sho Baraka.
Her first released record was a feature on the song “B.I.G.” by D-Flow on their 2013 album Quarter to Vinci.She released her first single, “No Flex” featuring ikilledmarlon, in May 2016.She performed at South by Southwest in 2016, 2017, and 2018.She did some A&R work for Ace Harris, and 2017, while still pursuing her university education, she began an internship at Reach Records.Shortly before her graduation in 2018 she was hired as an administrator for the label’s A&R.
Her new EP Exit showcases a blistering talent and gift for lyrical wordplay on tracks like “No Cap,” “No Ceilings” and “Be the Light”, which popped up on ESPN’s WNBA 2020 Draft Promotion. Her music has also been heard on VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop” and Lena Waithe’s “Twenties.”