Grace Adaeze (born August 1, 2002), known professionally as Ada King, is a Nigerian-American singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, and actress. She was born and raised in the United States in Los Angeles, California, where she attended school and joined activities. Her parents originate from Anambra State, Nigeria, but moved to the United States to reside.
Since she was born, Ada’s love for music and performing has always been made known. Her interest in music was developed through her mother, who enjoyed singing and writing songs at a young age. Since she was very small, she would watch nursery rhymes on TV and sing along to shows like, The Wiggles, Barney, Donkey Ollie, and so much more. At the age of 2 years old, she auditioned for Barney and received the part, but due to financial standings, she wasn’t able to participate.
At the age of 8 years old, she led the children’s church choir in her church and danced in many events they held. At the age of 9 years old, she joined a dance team within her elementary school where she performed and competed with her team.
At the age of 12 years old, she joined the Fresh Fire Youth Ministry Dance Ministry at the International Christian Center, Los Angeles, where she performed, danced, choreographed for them till the age of 18. At the age of 13, her father’s encouragement to make music was displayed when he took her to a studio in Hollywood for the first time. When she entered high school, Ada and one of her friends started an African Dance group, where they performed at school, parties, weddings, and professional events.
By the time she was 15, she joined the main choir of International Christian Center, Los Angeles, where she was the youngest and the first teenager to join the ministry full of adults. At the age of 16, she joined the Lawndale High School Cheer Team, where she multitasked with her multiple dance groups and choir at church.
At 17, she was the co-captain of Lawndale’s Black Student Union Step Team, where she choreographed and stepped at different events. By the time Ada got into college, she joined the African Queens of University of California, Merced, where she was able to represent them in a solo performance during Culture Show 2021. Ada joined all these activities and was guided by the things she enjoys the most, music and dance.
In April 2021, she signed a record deal with Infinite Music & Entertainment, Inc., which started the foundation of her music career. At the age of 18 years old, she performed her first single, “Wahala”, for the prospective Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke.
During her years in elementary, middle school, and high school, Ada was bullied terribly and it was very hard to have a peaceful day at school. People would make fun of her appearance, her financial background, and culture. Through all the difficulties she would go through with her classmates, she would come home and write songs as her emotional outlet, which strengthened her years later as a songwriter. Ada King’s love of music and dancing overshadowed every negative comment, claim, and statement that was made against her.
With the love that she had for music, and her parents encouragement, she was able to dedicate herself, to achieve the dream that always lived in her mind and heart, since the day she was born.