The Beautiful Epiphany Of Johnny Drille’s Count On You

 

It isn’t a far stretch to imagine that every piece of music is an expression of love for something, whether it is money, drugs or abstract things like hate and justice.

Johnny Drille, perhaps Nigeria’s most impressive vocalist recording now, makes music that is an expression of love for love. In Johnny Drille’s world, love is as it is in a rom-com, a rollercoaster of highs and lows, heartbreak and epiphanies, grief and joy, but with a happy ending.

When it doesn’t end happily, it leaves a throbbing ache behind, of regret, of sadness, that is maybe even more beautiful than the former’s joy.

On Wednesday, Drille, who was born John Ighodaro, took to Twitter and announced that he was soon releasing “The greatest love song ever”.

He repeated the phrase in caps. When Count On You dropped on Friday, he tweeted “you can count on me to always deliver good music” and urged his fans to help promote the new single.

By Saturday morning, Count On You had racked over 100,000 views on YouTube.

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For an artiste who is yet to really break into the mainstream, the numbers seemed to be adding up, slowly.

Count On You is a typical Drille song: the lyrics are poetic, heavy with layered meaning; the rhythm is designed to start slow and pick up into something of a crescendo and climax; and, of course, Drille’s unique voice which caresses the ears like a stick of soft wool.

The song is another point for Drille in the imaginary race to become this country’s musical love connoisseur.

Now, on to the appearance of Bambam and Teddy in Count On You’s video, which, at first, appears to be a stroke of marketing genius. But it is more than that. Drille is also tapping into the strange chemistry of one of the most unexpected public love stories in 2019.

No one gave the duo a chance, after their Big Brother sultry rendezvous. “Nobody thought we’d ever come this far,” Drille crooned.

The BamBam and Teddy romance is a vivacious rejection of Nigeria’s conservative idea on how marital love develops and Drille appears to agree with their story of lasting love. “Baby this is day one of forever,” he sang.

Count On You is a beautiful work of art, if not for its realism, but for its evocation of a world where love triumphs over everything, including societal expectations. It is an ode to the power of trust and vulnerability in a world low on faith.

 

#BamTeddy Tie The Knot In Johnny Drille’s New Music Video

 

Ex-Big Brother Naija Season 2 housemates, Bambam and Teddy A have fans drooling over their romantic feature in Johnny Drille’s newest music video.

The couple who recently had their traditional marriage ceremony over the weekend, made the cameo appearance in the song titled ‘Count on You’.

Dressed in white and a fine tux, the video shows the couple having their white wedding ceremony on a beach.

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Meanwhile, the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ crooner who described this latest song as ‘the greatest love song’ has fans ‘awwing’ not just about the goodness of the song, but also the beauty of the video.

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Watch the video below.

Why I Featured My Daughter In My New Music Video – Waje

Singer and songwriter Aituaje Iruobe popularly known as Waje has explained why her daughter, Emerald was featured in her new music video ‘Udue’.

Waje’s pretty daughter starred as Johnny Drille’s love interest in the music video shot inside a park.

The award-winning singer said the reason why her daughter featured in the music video is a simple and funny one. “You will laugh if I tell you the truth,” she said.

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Waje explained further that, “There’s nothing eloquent about it, it is just basically me sitting down and thinking if Johnny and I do this video together and they see Johnny as my love interest, the world will stone me because that is some cougar situation.

“That song reminds me of my daughter. So I felt basically, Johnny and her in the same age group. He is probably a few years older. So I thought it would make sense for her to be in the video.”

Revealing the reason why she has remained relevant in the music industry over the years, Waje said being uncomfortable with her present situation drives her.

Johnny Drille’s ‘Papa’: An Ode To Fathers

 

Talented singer, Johnny Drille, has dropped a new music video for his recently released single, ‘Papa’.

The video, which is an ode to fathers was shot by renowned filmmaker, Clarence Peters, and released on Friday, just days to the Father’s Day celebration.

According to the Mavin Records artiste, the track is his most personal song yet.

“I’ve waited so long to put this song out. Fathers don’t ever get as much appreciation as they deserve. It is my most personal song yet and I hope you connect with it on some level,” he wrote on social media.

Watch the video below and share your thoughts.

Don Jazzy Won’t Change My Sound – Johnny Drille

Don Jazzy Won't Change My Sound - Johnny DrilleMavin Records’ latest signee, Johnny Drille, is beyond thrilled he is now a member of the Supreme Mavin Dynasty, more so because he gets to maintain control over his ‘alternative’ sound and musical direction.

The Don Jazzy led imprint, which welcomed its first alternative act on Tuesday, is packed full with pop artistes including Korede Bello and Reekado Banks.

Drille, who believes he has something special to bring to the Mavin table, said he has no worries.

“So far, so good. He’s been giving me a lot of control over what direction I will take and I’m really grateful for that”, he said, during an exclusive phone chat with Entertainment News, adding “he’s let me produce most of my songs”.

2017 is shaping up nicely for Drille who was once described as the future of the Nigerian music industry by respected musician Cobhams Asuquo.

“The good thing about being part of the family is we are all diverse. We are all different people of different gifts and different genres of music.

“Yes, most of us on the label are pop artistes but then, we all have special things that we offer,” said the new Mavin signee.

Don Jazzy and Drille got into talks shortly after the 26-year-old guitarist released a cover for ‘aww’ by Di’ja in 2017 and their relationship led to an official agreement in February 2017.

The SMD boss made the announcement via social media and it was well received by Drille’s fans and the music community.

Drille first came into public consciousness via the Project Fame competition in 2013 and has since won hundreds of fans over with songs like ‘my beautiful love’, ‘wait for me’ and ‘dear future wife’.