“If the world needs music to save itself from global war, I’m sure my family will come in handy, lol.”
Q: TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY BACKGROUND
I come from a polygamous, Itsekiri family. I am the last of 19 children from my father and last of 5 children from my mother. I never met my father. He died just when I was born. I only hear stories about his life from my older siblings and relatives. And I have seen pictures too. So my mother has been a father figure to me and she is doing a really good job. Like I said earlier, we love music in my family, both extended and nuclear. If the world needs music to save itself from global war, I’m sure my family will come in handy, lol.
Q: FROM YOUR RELEASE – DEAR JOHN, YOU SEEM TO LOVE LOVE. DO YOU HAVE A LOVE STORY YOU WOULD LOVE TO SHARE?
Oh! I love Love. I have not been so lucky with it though. There was a time l was always getting heart broken back to back. I thought a spell was on me or something, lol. But I guess we best know how to express what we do not have. I have lost love a lot so I now know it’s value. Dear John has nothing to do with my personal life though. It’s just a reply to Johnny Drille’s ‘wait for me’. It’s a story so many girls can relate with. Their lover travels to a far away country and then communication ceases or they forget them. Because of all what girls go through in that story, writing a reply was very much needed.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR?
My greatest fear is giving up. Sometimes I wonder what I’ll do if I stop chasing my dreams and settle for whatever life throws at me. Most people are scared of failure. I’m scared of giving up more than failure because when I fail, I always have the chance to get up and try again and again and again. But when I give up, that’s it and that scares me. Because of that, I put my mind, heart and soul to my dream and my journey so that giving up won’t even come close or be an option. That’s part of the fuel placing me in focus.
“A successful music career is basically creating timeless music and being acknowledged for it.”
Q: IS THERE A BACKGROUND STORY BEHIND YOUR MOST RECENT RELEASE – RUN?
Yes! I remember the day I wrote ‘Run‘. I was at home, feeling all sad and gloomy. Moving from one mood swing to another. I wanted to grow. I was hungry for growth. It was not a comfortable feeling and out of nowhere a line came into my head and then the rhythm came and I kept replaying it in my head. I just jumped out of my bed and got my pen and jotter. After writing it, my day became better and my thought process in general became clearer. Thank God for my producer Mac Roc, who helped to make several adjustments and added spice to the instrumental. He’s an Angel. The song reminds me of my journey and the prize that lies ahead. It is also relatable to those who are fighting for something good. I didn’t just write the song for myself but for the people out there going through tough times. E go better.
Q: SO DEAR JOHN GOT US THINKING – DID YOU SING IT FOR SOMEONE?
Lol. No I did not. I have not experienced a lover leave me and travel a long distance, refusing to return. I hope I never do. But it is something that happens every day. People go through it and all. I am a big fan of Johnny Drille and he’s song ‘wait for me’ made me become his believer. I listened to the song so much until I felt like he was singing for me. Lol. Because I was his imaginary girlfriend in my head, I decided to reply him through a letter-“Dear John”. It’s a creative and relatable song. I have not met Johnny Drille yet but I know I will…soon.
Q: WHO ARE YOUR MAJOR INFLUENCES AND HOW HAVE THEY SHAPED YOUR CAREER SO FAR?
My major influences are Angelique Kidjo, Sia, Asa and Enya. When you listen to my songs, you will notice that it has an afro-urban blend. I am an African and I love the rich, deep melody of any african sound. You will hear a bit of urban because of my English lyrics or phrases. Either ways, I love a creative mix of urban and African sounds. I’ll also interpret that in my music videos too. It’s unique and universal. These four artistes are heavy weight champions in good and timeless music. They are all good song writers and I wish above all things, in my music career, to be like them someday.
Q: AS A MUSICIAN, WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP GROWING?
I listen to lots of good music. The more I listen, the more I learn. I really am not strictly addicted to only trending songs. I can dig into old archives of familiar and unfamiliar musicians to listen and learn. Lol, sometimes I jerk my head when I hear an excellently written song that hits me through my earphones. I’m not crazy, lol. I also stalk good musicians online. I read about them, their story so far and what they are up to. It puts me in check.