Yemi Eberechi Alade was born on March , in Abia State, Nigeria. Alade is referred to as a "Yoruba-Igbo girl" since her father, James Alade, is of Yoruba origin, while her mother, Helen Uzoma, is of Igbo origin. Alade is the fifth out of the seven children in her family. She attended St Saviour British Primary School, and then went on to Victory Grammar School in Lagos before obtaining a degree in geography at the University of Lagos.
Alade made her musical debut in an all-girl group called Noty Spices in , but her music became widely popular after she won the Peak Talent Show in . She later released her first single "Fimisile" under the Jus' Kiddin' label.
In , she signed onto the music label, Effyzzie Music Group, and released her single "Ghen Ghen Love".
In July , Alade released the video for her romantic afro-R&B song "Bamboo", produced by Fliptyce. "Bamboo" went on to be a moderate hit and a popular wedding song. In the last quarter of , she broke records when her most recent hit single, "Johnny", produced by Selebobo, was leaked on the internet. The song became an international smash hit as it dominated music charts in Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and the United Kingdom, among others. It has been listed as one of the best songs of , despite the fact that it was released towards the end of the year and without a music video.
Alade has been featured on the covers of several magazines and performed around the world, sharing the stage and songs with Mary J. Blige, Shina Peters, M.I, Wizkid, Becca, May D, Waje and Yemi Sax. She also headlined the Super Diva’s Nite at the Calabar Festival, and opened for the Headies Awards popularly referred to as the "Nigerian Grammys".
In , Alade was featured on Yungix’s track "Lights", as well as on a remix of "Sebiwo" by Beninese afropop star Lace. Alade teamed up with award-winning cinematographer Clarence Peters to create a music video for "Johnny", which was released in March to critical acclaim and now has more than million views on YouTube, as of December .
Alade joined M.I, Waje, Timi Dakolo, and Burna Boy in singing the theme song for Port Harcourt, the UNESCO World Book Capital, as part of a project urging young people to read and stay in school. Shortly after that, Alade released a new single entitled "Tangerine", featuring Selebobo; the critically acclaimed track charted across Africa. She appeared as a guest artist on Falz’s debut album.
She released her debut album, King of Queens, on October , and then went on tour. Yemi Alade is currently touring and working on her second studio album titled “Mama Africa”, slated to be released in March of .