Gracious Amani with Pine Creek Records owner Peter Nduati after signing to the music label. PHOTO | COURTESYGracious Amani with Pine Creek Records owner Peter Nduati after signing to the music label. PHOTO | COURTESY
By HILARY KIMUYU

The Githurai girl who mesmerized everyone with her melodious voice that even got the attention of American R&B singer Alicia Keys has released her first single.

Thirteen year-old Gracious Amani was recently signed by Pine Creek Records to a two-year-deal with a minimum pay of Sh2.5 million.

She has released her first single Sitasahau, a song about how she will never forget her past and will share her blessings with everyone.

The young songstress goes by the stage name Amani G.

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During the signing of her deal with the record label on Friday, Amani said that she never thought a footage of her rendition of Alicia Keys’ Girl on fire song will go viral.

“I never thought a video of me singing would be seen by so many people including Alicia Keys herself,” she said.

“I’m very thankful to Pine Creek Records and Peter Nduati for helping me and my family get a better life through my singing. I hope the songs I release in future will be loved by Kenyans and the world.”

In her contract, the Standard Eight pupil commits that Pine Creek Records will take care of her general upkeep that includes school fees, healthcare, housing, food, clothing and security.

Being a minor, she cannot sign a work contract and will benefit from a trust set up by her mother Christine Ambuso and Pine Creek Records owner Peter Nduati.

The record label’s main focus is completion of her EP and enabling her to complete her Standard 8 studies. The label will then secure a good high school for her as they work on completion of her album.