Ayra Starr (Real Name: Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe, born June 14, 2002; Age: 20 years old) is a Nigerian Afropop and R&B singer and songwriter with an estimated net worth of $500,000.
She is one of the Iconic Marvin Record female artists that started dropping Afropop music in late 2020. The artist has taken up the fast lane in the music industry, dropping and featuring on top hits in the industry. Ayra Starr has been seen not only in the music industry but also in the fashion world, as she has appeared on several fashion stages.
How Old Is Ayra Starr?
Ayra Starr is 20 years old. Although she goes by the stage name Ayra Starr, the songwriter was born Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe on June 14, 2002, in Cotonou, Benin Republic. She is the second among the four children born by Mr. and Mrs. Aderibigbe. The music star Ayra originally hails from Kwara State, the southwestern part of Nigeria.
She is of the Yoruba ethnicity in Nigeria and holds dual citizenship of Nigeria and the Benin Republic. According to reports, her father was a businessman who supported her dreams of becoming an iconic music star. However, in 2018, he died, and seeing how close she was to her father, she wrote a song as a tribute to him.
On the other hand, her mother’s occupation is unknown, but she has been a strong supporter of her daughter’s career and has always pushed her to greatness. Due to the constant relocation with her family, she grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, alongside her four siblings under her parents.
This also affected her as she had a hard time making friends. Her elder brother, Dami Aderigbegbe, is an artist who makes music with his sister. Ayra Starr is seen to be very close to him as they both wrote songs together during her high school days.
She also has two younger sisters, Tolulope and Jesutunmise, and a younger brother, Ade. Details regarding what they were up to recently are unknown. The Away crooner’s siblings are seen as her closest friends.
She is An Alumna of Les Cours Sonou University
Following where she grew up, Ayra Starr had her primary and secondary education in Nigeria. After completing high school, she moved on to Les Cours Sonou University, a private university in Cotonou, Benin Republic. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in international relations and political science.
Ayra Starr Started Performing at the Age of 10
The Iconic Marvin artist started discovering her singing capabilities at a tender age. She found herself in a music-loving family, where she developed a strong interest in singing. Ayra was a member of her high school choir, where she performed on the school stage. At this point, the artist had started writing songs with her brother.
She faced a lot of trouble during her years in college as her classmates bullied her. This was because of her physical stature and age. To counter her stigmatization for being taunted, she stated, ‘I always listen to Nicky Minaj songs on my way to school, as it gives me the feeling of being the next Nicki Minaj.’ From then on, she kept pushing, knowing that someday her voice would be heard.
She Started Her Professional Music Career in 2019
She started her musical career back in 2019 when she began uploading covers of songs by Andra Day and 2Face Idibia on her social media channels. At this point, she had already gotten a stage name, Ayra Starr, meaning ‘woke and eye-opening,’ which to her is what she stands for.
Ayra Starr made her first appearance in a music video by Eri Ife, a son titled Dear Future Wife. She further uploaded her song, ‘Damage’ on her Instagram page around December 2019. The song got the attention of thousands of listeners and ranked her high on the list of most wanted signees on most top music labels.
The Marvin Record Boss, Don Jazzy, didn’t give it a second thought and signed her to his record label. From there, she had her first recording contract with Marvin Records and is still breaking ground with the record label.
Ayra Starr Rose To The Limelight For The Hit Single in Her First EP Under The Mavin Records
Ayra Star began recording at Mavin Studios in Lagos in 2020 with producers Louddaaa and the Mavin boss, Don Jazzy. Mavin Records released her self-titled debut extended play on January 22, 2021. The album was described as a topsy-turvy chronicle of love or love-themed circumstances and had elements of R&B/neo-soul blending with Afropop percussion.
Ayra Starr mentioned that she wanted to make songs that would appeal to young and old listeners with the album. Ikon, Louddaaa, and Johnny Drille mixed and mastered the EP. Starr co-authored four of the EP’s songs with her brother Dami and composed one independently. The EP became a success and quickly rose to the top of the Nigerian iTunes and Apple Music charts.
It also reached the top of Apple Music in four other countries as of March 2021, with more than 15 million streams, which cut across Spotify, YouTube, and Audio Mack. Her hit single Away from the project peaked at the 4th position on Nigeria’s TurnTable Top 50 and 17 on the US Billboard Top Triller Global. Its music video was also featured on MTV Base’s Official Naija Top 10. It was listed as one of the top 9 best Nigerian singles by OkayAfrica in January 2021.
Other Songs that Aided Ayra Starr’s Popularity
Ayra Starr launched her debut studio album, 19 & Dangerous, on August 6, 2021. She collaborated with Louddaaa, Don Jazzy, London, and Andre Vibez on the album’s success. She also featured other guest musicians like Fousheé and CKay on an album. The album produced two hit singles that made it to the top 40 of the Turntable Top 50.
The highest, which was Bloody Samaritan, its lone single, was her first No. 1 hit track on the chart. The song dominated the Top 50 for several weeks before reaching number one on the list on September 27, 2021. This gave Ayra Starr the success to be the first female artist to achieve No. 1 in the Top 50 chart with a solo single.
List of Ayra Starr’s Songs
- Fashion Killer
- In Between
- Beggie Beggie
- Bloody Samaritan
Ayra Star has so far featured and collaborated with top artists to release hit songs. These are the songs that she has been featured in:
- In the Light with Johnny Drille
- Dangerous with Cheque
- Roadside with Mahalia Rema
Ayra Starr Net Worth
Most Nigerian music artists make their huge net worth from hit songs, concerts, endorsement deals, streaming channels, and global achievements. Ayra starr’s net worth of about $500,000 is not far from the above-listed income streams. She is one of the best female music artists under Mavin Records and has gotten several hits with thousands of streams on different social media channels.
Ayra Starr’s Net Worth is Mostly From Her Music Career
Ayra Starr’s record label deal with Marvin Records was an avenue that helped the meteoric rise in her net worth. Since breaking into prominence with her talent, the singer has been in the spotlight for her exceptional performances on stage and collaborations with other musicians. Although the amount she made from her albums remains unknown, it is clear that the artist makes lots of fortune from these avenues.
Music Tours and Performances
Ayra Starr has graced different stages across the globe as a performing artist. She performed for the season finale of Nigerian Idol in 2021. The music star, alongside other artists like Fireboy DML, Victony, Wande Coal, and other top artists, performed at a live concert held in Lekki by Panda Entertainment in December 2021.
Together with the Jamaican artist Koffee, they got fans buzzing with their entertainment at the Coachella Music Festival held in 2022. She has also hosted many concerts in various countries like London, Poland, the U.S, Switzerland, and many more. Ayra Starr earns from the tickets sold at the various shows. Her net worth will increase significantly in the future as she is still active in the music industry.
Ayra Starr’s Net Worth Also Comes From Various Streaming Platforms
Ayra Starr has generated a massive amount of money from various streaming platforms. Below is how she bags her money from different music streaming platforms:
Like other artists under a record label, Ayra Starr doesn’t have her own YouTube channel, as all her songs are released and uploaded by Mavin Records and on their YouTube channel. One of her singles, Bloody Samaritan, released by the record label, hit no. 1 on the top 50 chart and got millions of views, which translates to thousands of dollars for her.
Many of her songs have also been uploaded on the platform and have amassed a lot of reviews. According to sources, the platform pays about $3 per 1000 views, and the music star has amassed over a million views. Looking at how well she has grown in the music industry, she makes a lot of money from the channel. However, her earnings on the platform depend solely on her contract with Mavins Records.
According to the records of some sources, entertainers can earn up to $1 off of 250 streams on Spotify. She has over 2.1 million monthly listeners and has Following the views that Ayra Starr has amassed on her various music uploaded on Spotify, she has undoubtedly made a fortune.
With audiomack estimations, its royalties are calculated on revenue per stream. The views are calculated by dividing the total streams on the platform by the revenue from advertisements and subscriptions. Considering the estimate, Ayra Starr earns money on the platform from the number of streams of his content.
The number of streams is also multiplied by the AMP revenue share, which is about 50% of the revenue per stream. Ayra Starr joined the streaming platform in 2019 and has become one of the most streamed artists, with over 85 million global streams. She has over 100 million plays on the platform, with monthly listeners that run into the millions.
Since the platform does not have a fixed price per stream, his earnings from the platform are not a fixed amount. The Away crooner earns directly from the platform as users are allowed to earn directly from the platform.
The purchase of Ayra Starr’s badges on the platform by supporters also gives her about 85% of the money. The musician is the She is seen to have over 50 supporters on the platform. Her music has also been streamed on various other streaming channels like Apple Music, US Billboard, and many more.
Ayra Starr’s Fashion Gigs
Even before rising to the limelight in the music industry, Ayra Starr has been modeling since the age of 16. She started her fashion career with Quove Model Management before giving more attention to her musical career. Although the artist is not totally into the fashion industry, she still pulled some gigs in the industry that contributed to her net worth to date.
She made her way to the cover of Accelerate TV’s ‘The Cover’ in October 2021 and in an editorial headline ‘Ayra Starr, A Starr Is Born.’ Ayra Starr was also featured in an editorial headline for the Fall/Winter 2021 issue of ODDA.
Artists that have made a name for themselves in the industry with a large fan base bag endorsement deals. The music start is not far-fetched from this, as she has bagged endorsement deals that run in the millions. Together with the Nigerian singer Rema, she signed an endorsement deal with the Nigerian beverage company Pepsi in September 2021.
The deal was revealed to be worth about N50 million, which has greatly increased her net worth. She also made some fortune from an endorsement deal with Pepsi Nigeria. In 2022, she signed an endorsement deal with L’Avyanna, an international beauty brand.
With her active music career, her net worth will rise significantly as she will keep dropping hit songs and bagging endorsement deals. She emerged as the AUDIOMAC’s UpNow cover artist in 2022.