Titilayo Rachel Adedokun was born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA to parents of Nigerian origin. A former Miss Ohio and Second Runner-up to Miss America, Ms. Adedokun’s talent and experience span different musical genres from classical, musicals and spirituals to jazz, blues, Latin and African music. She is known for her versatility, her range and her unparalleled ability to captivate an audience.
A graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Ohio, USA, she worked with director Franco Zeffirelli in the title role of his production of “Aida” at Teatro Verdi in Busseto, Italy, on the centennial celebration of Verdi’s death. She has also performed with the late Adolph Greene and Betty Comden, (50 Years of Comden and Greene), as well as with Lauren Bacall and Tommy Tune. In Italy, she collaborated in concerts and CD recordings with jazz composer and pianist, Giorgio Gaslini.
She has toured Europe with several productions including Musetta in “La Boheme”, Kate in “Kiss Me Kate”, soloist in “Night Fever: Die Gala Der FilmMusicals” and as Billie Holiday in the JazzMusical „Ella & Billie. She is often featured as soloist with “The Wine & Roses Swing Orchestra”.
Her new CD “Look at Me”, a self-produced and mostly self-composed album, showcases her musical diversity with influences ranging from jazz, blues, funk, Yoruba songs (from Nigeria) to songs inspired by her “three little girls”.