African Musician: Grace Ashy (Obaa Yaa)

Submitted by medat Oct. 6, 2008, 7:29 a.m.

Grace Ashy (Obaa Yaa)

Grace Ashy

Grace Ashy is a Ghanaian gospel artiste. She was born Grace Appiah-Kubi at Dormaa Ahenkro in the Brong Ahafo region, to Nana Appiah-Kubi, Abakomahene of Dormma Kosane and Madam Comfort Ohenewaa. She is the first of the eight children of her parents. As early as 12, she led the Sunday School children of the Berekum Methodist Church to sing praises. Three years later, she enrolled in the singing band of the Methodist Church as well as the school choir, where she made her mark as a leader and soprano singer. While attending the City Secondary and Business College, she joined Bishop Addae-Mensah’s Gospel Light International Church, where she led the praise and worship choir.

Grace Ashy's debut album came out in 2001 called Mehwe wo Awurade (Adea Yesu). She released another album a year after called Minuntso Yesu. She released the album Adom with the hit, I am in your Presence.

She has been very visible in the support of Ghanaian national football/soccer teams. Her song, Yenie, was a massive hit on radio and TV which garnered up support for the Black Stars in the run to the World Cup in 2006 in Germany. She also released a video/song called Ghana da w'ase for Ghana's 50th Anniversary of Independence - Golden Jubilee. She also released a song to champion the cause of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) when it was introduced in 2006.

She is married to Mr. Bright Ashy, who is her producer. They have two children.

Some of her songs include I am in Your Presence, I'm in love, Adea Yesu, Nyame wo mmre, etc

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