Afro Australia Music Award 2016 Best Gospel Act New Zealand
Amara started singing at the age of 10 in her church choir. As the years passed by she became the lead vocalist in the choir and progressed to a worship leader. She also developed in this role becoming a solo singer and started ministering in different churches. Amara moved to New Zealand in 2007. Since then she has been in the worship team at the Elim Christian Centre, under the ministry of Pastor Luke Brough,, where she regularly uses her gift to bless the congregation in ministering in songs.
Amara has participated in New Zealand’s Find a Star on TV One and was one of the semi-finalists. She also participated in the Maroke Singing Competition on Maori TV. On a timid humanitarian gesture, Amara has done work for charities helping people in need and serving the community. She worked with Christian against Poverty; and the Flemlily Charity Trust, raising money to help widows and HIV orphans in Zimbabwe. She also worked as a volunteer with Ole Lafitanga Trust, reaching out to the community. Her singing has been a cheerful tool which she has humbly used to reach out to the community and a lot of churches in Nigeria, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Australia.
Amara is a lyricist, songwriter,recording artist, a composer and gospel singer based in New Zealand. Amara composed her first song at the age of 11, which was titled Dance, Dance,Dance. Her siblings Wilfred, at 10 and sister Blessing at 8 were her support vocals. She is a very passionate person , exceptionally enthusiastic individual who charishes the Lord and loves to serve with her gift. Amara has just produced her debut album titled – Beautiful, inspired by accepting yourself, loving yourself and believing that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, no one is like you, you are original and unique.(Psalm 139v14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvellous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.)
We are beautifully made in the image of God. God loves us just the way we are. It doesn’t matter what we’ve been through, or what we are going through, or what we look like, or where we are in life; God loves us just the way we are.
Born: Lagos Nigeria
Lives in: Auckland New Zealand
Genre: Gospel/contemporary/Afro pop western beats.
Influenced: Nicloa Mulline,Cece Winans and Darlene Zschech
Sound Similar: Nicola Mulline, Mary Mary. Mitchell Williams and Martha Munizzi
Radio: Rhyme Radio New Zealand,Planet Radio New Zealand, Airplay Direct.
TV: TV One New Zealand find a star competition semi-finalist best 10, Moari T.V New Zealand, Shine TV interview about my Beautiful song music video. Beautiful music video was on Comcast Cable TV, Sky Angel Satellite TV, local stations and Internet TV. The project broadcast to millions in a targeted audience from New York, California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, Alabama and other parts of the states that host the program.
Gigs : Parachute Festival 2010 and 2011- 10,000 + attendance, Elim Church Conference Auckland New Zealnad -4,000 attendance, victory Life Church WA Australia 5,000 attendance, international Revival Church Concerts, 2,000 attendance, El-Shaddia Worship Centre Concert -2,000 attendance Assemblies of God Church Conference attendance 3,000, Elim Christian Church in the Country of Samoan etc.
International Gigs: Australia States (Sydney, Queensland,Canberra, Melbourne, Perth)
Nigeria states (Lagos State) Samoan States (Apia, Samusu, fagalua,Lolomanu)
Album : BEAUTIFUL BY AMARA DURU
.My Soul Will Bless You Lord
.Above Every Name
.Keep On Moving
.Lord I Thank You .