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Johnny Drille, A Biography From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Johnny Drille
Birth name John Ighodaro
Born July 5, 1990 (age 30)
Edo, Nigeria
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active 2012–present
Labels Mavin Records
Associated acts

John Ighodaro (born July 5, 1990), professionally known as Johnny Drille, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. His career came into the spotlight when he released a cover of “Awww” by Di’Ja. He is currently signed to Mavin Records.[1][2]

Early life

Johnny Drille was born and raised in Edo State, Nigeria. His father is a school principal and clergyman. He has four siblings. Drille started singing in his father’s church at an early age.

Education

He attended the University of BeninBenin City, where he studied English and literature.[3][4]

Career

Drille began his musical career in church. He was one of the contestants on the sixth season of Project Fame West Africa in 2013.[5][6] In 2015, he released a cover of Di’Ja‘s “Awww”, which caught the attention of Mavin‘s CEO Don Jazzy. His debut single “Wait for Me” was released in 2015. It was nominated for Best Alternative Song at The Headies 2016. He teamed up with Niniola, a fellow season 6 contestant, to record “Start All Over”.[7] In February 2017, he signed a record deal Mavin Records.[8][9]

Discography

Singles
  • 2015 – “Wait for Me”
  • 2015 – “Love Don’t Lie”
  • 2016 – “My Beautiful Love”
  • 2016 – “Start All Over (Featuring Ninyola)
  • 2017 – “Romeo & Juliet”
  • 2018 – “Halleluya” (featuring Simi)
  • 2018 – “Awa Love”
  • 2019 – “Forever”
  • 2019 – “Shine”
  • 2019 – “Finding Efe”
  • 2019 – “Papa”
  • 2019 – “Dear Future Wife”
  • 2019 – “Count on You”
  • 2020 – “Something Better”
  • 2020 – “Mystery Girl”

Awards and nominations

Year Event Prize Recipient Result Ref
2016 The Headies Best Alternative Song “Wait for Me” Nominated [10]
2018 Best Vocal Performance (Male) “Romeo & Juliet” Nominated [11][12]
Best R&B Single Nominated
Best Alternative Song Nominated
Next Rated Himself Nominated
2019 Best Alternative Song “Finding Efe” Won [13]
Best Vocal Performance (Male) Nominated

Referencesust 10, 2018). “Why Nigerian musicians fall out with their record labels – Johnny Drille”Premium Times. Retrieved August 21, 2018.

  1. ^ Odoh, Chux (May 6, 2018). “HEADIES 2018: ‘It Only Gets Better From Here’ – Johnny Drille Speaks on Headies Loss”. The Net. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  2. ^ Ibori, Diana (January 15, 2018). “Johnny Drille’s biography and career achievements”. Naija.ng. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  3. ^ [https://mavinrecords.com/M/johnny-drille/ Mavin Records]
  4. ^ Amade, Alex (August 3, 2013). “16 contestants enters MTN project fame season 6 academy”. Vanguard. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  5. ^ Adetu, Bayo (August 2, 2013). “MTN Project Fame Season 6 Contestants Unveiled”. PM News Nigeria. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  6. ^ Solanke, Abiola (June 3, 2016). “New Music Niniola, Johnny Drille – ‘Start all over. Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  7. ^ https://mavinrecords.com/M/johnny-drille/
  8. ^ Young (July 7, 2018). “Johnny Drille Explains How He Got A Record Deal with Mavin”. Information Nigeria. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  9. ^ Adelana, Oladolapo (November 9, 2016). “Full list of nominees for the 2016 Headies Awards”. YNaija. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  10. ^ Odoh, Chux (May 6, 2018). “HEADIES 2018: ‘It Only Gets Better From Here’ – Johnny Drille Speaks on Headies Loss”. The Net. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  11. ^ Anonymous (April 13, 2018). “Headies 2018: Full list of nominees”. Punch. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  12. ^ Gbenga Bada (October 20, 2019). “Headies 2019: Here are all the winners at the 13th edition of music award”. Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved October 20, 2019
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