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Chike – The Love Bird (Artist Review)

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Chike, born Chike-Ezekpeazu Osebuka on January 28, 1993, is a rising Nigerian celebrity. He is an actor, singer, and composer best known for his appearances on Project Fame West Africa and The Voice Nigeria, two reality music contests.

Growing up in the heart of Onitsha, Anambra State in Nigeria, and hailing from a family of four children, Chike obtained a degree in Computer Engineering from Covenant University.

Born into a musical household, he grew up wanting to pursue music as a career. After earning the vocalist of the year prize in high school, he began his career as a musician in 2009. Following that, he began working as a singer and composer, writing R&B songs. His melodious voice was breathtaking and noticeable by anyone who listens and comes across his sounds.

Chike auditioned for The Voice Nigeria with a cover of James Arthur’s “Roses”. All four coaches turned their chairs for him and he opted to join Team Patoranking.

In the battle round, he performed Mario’s “Let Me Love You” with another Team Patoranking contestant and was chosen to move to the next round. In the first week of live shows, he performed “Not the Girl” by co-coach Dare Art Alade and earned a save from his coach.

In the second week of live shows, he performed The Weeknd’s “Earned It” and was saved by public votes. He also performed a rendition of “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers and earned his coach’s final save of the season.

For the semi-finals, he performed “Pullover” by Kcee and Wizkid. In the finale, Chike performed covers of Bob Marley and the Wailers’s “No Woman No Cry” and Kiss Daniel’s “Mama”. He finished as the runner-up of the season, with A’rese from Team Waje coming in first place.

Soon after, he rose to prominence after competing in the 2015 edition of Project Fame West Africa and subsequently auditioning for The Voice Nigeria.

Chike got signed to the Universal Republic following his success on The Voice Nigeria. In December 2016, he released his debut track, “Fancy U,” on the label.

In November 2017, he left Universal Records to pursue a solo career, releasing acclaimed love songs such as “Beautiful People,” “Out of Love,” and “Amen.”

He released his widely lauded 14-track debut album, “Boo of the Booless,” on February 14, 2020 and as an actor, Chike made his acting debut as Mayowa Badmus on Africa Magic’s blockbuster drama “Battleground”.

Albums

Boo Of The Booless – 2020
Dance Of The Booless Vol 1 (EP) – 2020

 

Awards And Nominations

Nominated For Net Honours Award – Most Played RnB Song “Running to You” ft Simi