Niyoki (pronounced Nie-yo-kee), an African name meaning “serious minded and responsible,” was given to her by her mother, a retired foreign language teacher in Fort Wayne, Indiana. At age five, Niyoki began performing with her parents and siblings in the White Family and remained with the group through high school. She went on to attend college at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville studying chemical engineering and came back to Fort Wayne after that time only to be discovered by world renowned artist Prince. She and her sisters toured the country with Prince for several years. They even opened up for him in many of the venues as well as performing as his background singers. Niyoki knew that God had more for her to do so she set out on a path of finding what God’s specific plan for her would entail.
That plan allowed her to move to Nashville, TN and to go on and put out 2 nationally distributed projects. My Everything (2006) and Rest (2008) sold over 50,000 units independently on her own record label (D2G Records). Her music still blesses people all over the country as it plays on local radio, internet and Sirius XM radio stations.
In 2010, she started as musical minister for Union Baptist Church. She has grown the music department to over 70+ people. At this church she has enjoyed leading the praise team, directing the choir, leading the youth department and teaching classes on praise and worship. Most recently, she was licensed as a minister at her church. Along with the work she does in ministry, she also holds a key position at Unity Performing Arts Foundation as an Administrative/ Donor Relations Manager.
However, One of her greatest accomplishments is marrying her best friend (Jay) and being a mother to her two beautiful children (Kedron and Jasmine). They are in business as owners of a Christian Apparel company called Faithfully Fitted, LLC. With all that keeps her busy, she still finds time to sing and speak at events and conferences all over the country to motivate, encourage and inspire everyone that should hear her. Please check out her newest single released in 2016 entitled ‘Praise Him In My Pain’ on iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, or Vevo.
For bookings please contact: Kedrah Chapman @ 260-413-8193 or Niyoki@icloud.com