The year is 1991, and a sold out venue awaits
their favorite performance at a National concert in Nigeria, West Africa. The members of
the childrens gospel choir have rehearsed their hearts out and are waiting for their
cue. Everyone seems ready. The music starts. Suddenly
the young soloist loses her nerve and refuses to take the stage. In a state of panic,
peers urge an untried youngster to take the microphone.He does so, and rises to the
occasion.The crowd rises to a standing ovation, and at the tender age of 10, the world
gets its first glimpse of this star. His name is Banky Wellington.
With a name as unique as his
talent, Banky was born in the States and raised in Africa. Growing up he was influenced by
sounds of gospel from church, the African rhythm he heard on the streets, and the secular
sounds of soul. Following in the footsteps of his musical forefathers, this young genius
is making music for the ages, drawing on his vast musical influences, penning intimate
lyrics, tackling an array of subjects, and all the while taking the listener on a journey
that is a testament to his incredible talent, vision and artistry.
Blessed with an incomparably
silky smooth voice and a show stopping live performance, Banky has built a solid fan base.
As a result of this, he founded Empire Mate$ Entertainment as an avenue to
market and promote his music, along with other artists signed to his production company.
With the release of his ground breaking EP , the legend grew. Without the backing of a
major label, on the strength of a no holds barred grassroots marketing campaign, 4000+
people finally got to hear what the hype was all about. He has won the Urban Independent
Music Award for R&B Soul Artist of the Year, the Albany NY Idol competition, had a
special on Fox TV, been included on The Cingular Wireless Hip Hop Supastar Tour, been a
finalist for 2005 Songwriting Award, and appeared in numerous print media and a plethora
of websites and radio stations.