David Oyelowo’s Oldest Son Is a Budding Artist Making “Beautiful Music”

David Oyelowo’s Oldest Son Is a Budding Artist Making “Beautiful Music”

Asher is the eldest of David and Jessica’s kids, and his first to also work in the entertainment industry. Asher was born on October 10, 2001, and made his debut as a model in January 2017, when he walked in a Dolce & Gabbana show.

According to his Instagram, he goes by the name Asher Yelo, and he released his first EP, “Mr. Misunderstood,” in 2022. The album consists of six songs, and he’s also known to cover hits from famous artists like Justin Bieber on his social media accounts, showcasing his talent.

During a September 2022 interview with Weekend Beats (via The Guardian), Asher opened up about what inspires his music. “I just love telling, learning, and emoting stories. As much as I enjoy modelling and the prospect of acting, my true place of fulfilment comes from creating music,” he said.

Asher added: “I’d have to say that the chaotic and unexpected nature of life is my primary inspiration. Having such a diverse and multicultural background, alongside the many life experiences I’ve had — whether falling in love, experiencing loss, the beauty of community, and the darkness of isolation — inform the topics I touch on in music. They’re all things that play into the human experience. And so, I believe I’ve been positioned in a way to be able to face these matters head-on and articulate them in a way that is relatable to others.”

During Oprah’s June 2020 two-part town hall, “Where Do We Go From Here?,” which addressed systemic racism in America, David opened up about how the killing of George Floyd by police especially affected Asher. “I have spent so much of the last two weeks crying. And one of the moments where that began is when I went to speak to my son and I didn’t have the words. Because George Floyd wasn’t resisting arrest,” David said. “It’s not like telling my son, Put your hands on the dash. Those conversations are already emasculating — to basically say, ‘Forget about justice in an interaction with the police, come home alive.'”

David added: “The thing that has brutalized me this week was watching my eldest son. I was walking past his bedroom and I heard sobbing. He was broken because he didn’t understand the world he had graduated into. I couldn’t give him any comfort. We’d had the talk of how to interact with police in America.”

In an Instagram post in May 2023, Jessica described her eldest son as “sweet and kind and fierce and passionate.”

“He is a man of faith and integrity, he knows who he is and will not compromise on anything,” she added. “He makes incredible music and is kind enough to always ask my opinion on his work. He made me a Mama and I could not be more proud of this beautiful man who is my son.”

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