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Background information
Birth name Praise Ugbede Adejo
Also known as Mr. Rich & Famous
Born 8 March 1984 (age 33)[1]
Origin Kogi StateNigeria
Genres R&B
Occupation(s) Singersongwriter
Instruments Vocalspiano
Years active 2007–present
Labels X3M Music
Associated acts

Praise Ugbede Adejo (born 8 March 1984), better known by his stage name Praiz, is a Nigerian R&B songwriterproducer and singer. Praiz’s music career hit the limelight after he finished second runner-up at the maiden season of Project Fame West Africa.[2] He is best known for releasing hit singles like “Rich and Famous”, “Sisi” and “I Love You”. He contributed guest vocals to Bez‘s 2011 single “That Stupid Song”; the music video for the aforementioned song went on to be the first African video to make a world premiere on BET’s 106 & Park.[3]He is currently signed to X3M Music.[4]

Early life and education

Praiz, a native of Igala in Kogi State was born in Lagos but later relocated to Kaduna in 1992 after his father was transferred there on a missionary work. He is the second child out of four children.[5] He has a National Diploma in Computer Science after graduating from Kaduna Polytechnic.[6]

Career

Project Fame West Africa

Praiz has been doing well in the music before he shot into limelight after emerging second runner-up in the first edition of Project Fame West Africa, a music reality T.V show which Iyanyawent on to win.[7] His performance in the competition increased his fan base making him one of the next rated star in the Nigerian music industry.[8]

2010–present: Rich & Famous

Praiz has worked with several artites including Awilo LongombaCobhamsWizkidSeyi Shay, Bez and M.I.[9] One of his many works is a song he collaborated with fellow Nigerian artiste Bez on the hit single “That Stupid Song” which went on to be the first African video to make a world premiere on BET’s 106 & Park.[10] On 22 July 2012, he released the hit single titled “Rich and Famous” which got positive reviews and massive airplay thus getting him nominated in several award events.[11] On 14 December 2014, Praiz released his debut studio album titled Rich & Famous.[12]

Style of music

Known to be a soul and R&B artiste, Praiz also has a diverse style in making other genres of music, switching up from R&B to afropop with commercially appealing songs like “Oshe” and “Mercy”. He cites Barry WhiteMichael JacksonCarl Thompson and Boyz II Men as people who influence his type of music.[13]

Personal life

Praiz is a brand ambassador for network service giants MTN. He is also involved with some charitable organizations including Safe Motherhood Foundation and Little Big Souls, an organization geared towards helping to reduce premature maternal mortality and assisting women who cannot afford maternal care.[10]

Discography

  • Rich & Famous (2014)

Singles

  • “Bubbling Under” (2010)
  • “The Lockdown” (2011)
  • “I Love You” (2011)
  • “Jekalo” (2011)
  • “A Woman’s Need” (2012)
  • “Rich and Famous” (2012)
  • “For You” (featuring Seyi Shay) (2013)
  • “I Love You” (2013)
  • “Oshe” (featuring Awilo Longomba) (2013)
  • “Sweet Potato” (featuring Chidinma) (2014)
  • “Mercy” (2014)
  • “Sisi” (featuring Wizkid) (2014)
  • “Heartbeat” (2015)
  • “Amazing Grace” (2015)
  • “Body Hot” (2016)[14] Featuring Jesse Jagz & Stonebwoy

Awards and nominations

Year Award ceremony Award description Result
2012 The Headies 2012 Best Vocal Performance (Male) Nominated
2012 The Headies 2012 Next Rated Act Nominated
2012 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Most Promising Act to Watch Nominated
2013 2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Pop/R&B Artist of the Year Nominated
2013 City People Awards Best Rhythm and Blues Singer of the Year Won[15]
2014 City People Awards Best Pop/R&B Artist of the Year Nominated
2014 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Pop/R&B Artist of the Year Nominated
2015 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Pop/R&B Artist of the Year Won[16]

See also

References

  1. Jump up^ Dayo Showemimo (8 March 2015). “Praiz celebrates 31st birthday with throw-back picture”. The Net. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  2. Jump up^ “SURULERE: IYANYA, PRAIZ BACK IN PROJECT FAME 2008!”. E247Mag. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  3. Jump up^ “BN Bytes: Bez to debut video for “That Stupid Song” on BET’s 106 & Park – First-Ever African Video to World Premiere on the Show”BellaNaija. 30 January 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  4. Jump up^ Michael Abimboye (27 April 2014). “We are at home at X3M Music, say singers Simi, Sammy”Premium Times. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  5. Jump up^ Adeola Adeyemo (18 August 2012). “BN Saturday Celebrity Interview: The “Rich & Famous” Crooner, Praiz takes us into His World – Meet the Man Behind that Unique Voice!”BellaNaija. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  6. Jump up^ Anna Okon (25 August 2013). “Music is my lover — Praiz”The Punch. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  7. Jump up^ Michael Abimboye (21 December 2014). “Why I have a double CD debut album- Praiz”Premium Times. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  8. Jump up^ Chinedu Adiele (17 June 2015). “Praiz hangout with fans at Meet and Greet event”Tush Magazine. Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  9. Jump up^ Ayomide O. Tayo (14 December 2014). “Singer releases album ‘Rich & Famous'”. Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  10. Jump up to:a b Dee Apphiaanna (29 October 2014). “[CELEBRITY BIO] Nigerian Singer Praise Adejo AKA Praiz’ Biography”. Star Gist. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  11. Jump up^ “Praiz – Rich And Famous”tooXclusive.com. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  12. Jump up^ Ayomide O. Tayo (14 December 2014). “Singer releases album ‘Rich & Famous'”. Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  13. Jump up^ “NIGERIAN ARTISTE PRAISE ADEJO AKA PRAIZ BIOGRAPHY”TheInfoNerds.com. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  14. Jump up^ “New Music Praiz – ‘Body hot’ ft Jesse Jagz, Stonebwoy”Pulse.ng. Joeuy Akan. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  15. Jump up^ Braimah Sheriff (14 July 2013). “Singer Praiz wins his first music award”. Entertainment Redefined. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  16. Jump up^ Tonye (19 July 2015). “Voting opens for Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2015”The Guardian. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
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