Even before claiming victory, the 29-year old theatre actress was not new to the music scene. She comes from a family that is into creative art and she's been performing in stage productions since she graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2010.
It's no wonder therefore that A'rese has scored one acting role after another since winning The Voice Nigeria from Tinsel to her starring role as Senami on Jemeji. She also released a video for her single, 'Uwe No' in February this year and much like the song, the picturesque offering is serene and soothing.
Her soulful vocals on 'Uwe No' also bring back fond memories of her iconic victory during last season's finale and the brilliant performance which won her the hearts of millions watching.
Dressed in African inspired outfits for the night, she gave a heartfelt rendition of Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” and “bagged” the inaugural The Voice Nigeria title. Her Coach Waje was in tears after her performance and described her as “unique” and “a once-in-a-generation voice”.
A’rese, whose real name is Agharese Emokpae, was up against her own Team’s Patrick, #TeamPatoranking’s Nonso Bassey and Chike, #TeamTimi’s Dewe’ and Cornel, as well as #Team2Baba’s Brenda and Viveeyan at the initial stage of the Season Finale. She sang Fela Kuti's "When Trouble Sleeps."
After the final round of performances, it all came down to her, Chike from #TeamPatoranking, Cornel from #TeamTimi and Brenda from #Team2Baba. When IK revealed that she'd won she was visibly shaken and in complete disbelief while Waje beamed with excitement . Rightly so too as it was no easy feat reaching this stage and beating out many talented singers who appeared during the Blind Auditions and Battle stages of the completion.
Are you ready experience it all again? Well, you won't have long to wait because we're just a month away! Let us know if you'd like to see A'rese make a return to the stage below.
Season 2 of The Voice Nigeria premiers on the 18th June at 20:00 CAT on Africa Magic Showcase.