BACKGROUND OF OMAH LAY NIGERIAN SINGER

BACKGROUND OF OMAH LAY NIGERIAN SINGER

Omah Lay is her given name, born 19th of May, 1997 (age 25), Live Nigeria’s Port Harcourt

Genres: Afrobeats

R&B: Occupation(s)

Record producer/singer/songwriter/producer/producer/producer/pro

Years in operation: 2019–present Labels

Omah Lay is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer who was born on May 19, 1997. In early 2020, he became well-known after his self-produced tune “Bad Influence” went viral on social media. He’s also recognized for appearing alongside Alpha P on the official Masterkraft remix of Justin Bieber’s “Peaches” in 2021, as well as another collaboration with the latter in 2022 on “Attention.” At the 2020 Headies Awards, Lay got the Next Rated honor.

Omah Lay is from Rivers State’s Ikwerre Local Government Area.

He attended Rivers State Comprehensive High School before enrolling at the University of Port Harcourt.

His grandfather played instruments for vocalist Celestine Ukwu before he died in 1977, and he comes from a musical background.

Lay began his career as a member of a rap group known as “Lil King.” Later, he moved on to songwriting and music production, which he mainly went unacknowledged for, and in April 2019, he published “Do Not Disturb.” A month later, “Hello Brother” was released.

In June 2019, he signed to the KeyQaad record label and began a seven-month hiatus.

He worked on his debut EP, Get Layd, throughout the hiatus. “I started working on it in August [of 2019],” he told OkayAfrica. To do the project right, I had to get off social media, stay away from a lot of stuff, and keep my brain straight at times. ‘Bad Influence’ was the first song I recorded for Get Layd. I’d That was done before we had to place the songs on the project.” After the interval, he released “Bad Influence,” which by the end of 2020 had become the most streamed Nigerian song on Apple Music.

Lay released his first official single, “You,” on February 14, 2020. On May 22, 2020, he released Get Layd, a five-track first EP. On the Nigerian Apple Music charts, the EP reached number one. The EP’s five songs all charted in the top 15 on Apple Music in Nigeria, with “You” reaching number one.

Lay made an appearance on Olamide’s album Carpe Diem in October, on the single “Infinity,” which topped the Nigerian Apple Music charts.

Lay released his second five-track EP, What Have You Done, on November 2020.

We completed the task. All five songs charted in the top 12 on Apple Music’s Nigerian charts, with “Godly” topping the list.

BACKGROUND OF OMAH LAY NIGERIAN SINGER
BACKGROUND OF OMAH LAY NIGERIAN SINGER

Lay was the first artist to be included in Apple’s Africa Rising Campaign, which highlights African talent, on July 3, 2020.

He was named to BBC Radio 1Xtra’s annual “Hot for 2021” list in December 2020.

He was the first African musician to be included on Audiomack’s #Up Now initiative for new artists; he was chosen one of the “20 talents to watch in 2021” by the Montreux Jazz Festival; and in November 2020, he was named BET’s Amplified International Artist of the Month.

 

In Nigeria, he is currently signed to Dvpper Music Distribution for foreign distribution, and Sire Records for domestic distribution. At the 2020 Headies Awards, he was nominated in four categories and won the Next Gen Award.

Lay has pledged his support for Nigeria’s #EndSARS campaign. Harper’s Bazaar quoted him as saying, “People must understand that these protests are solely about the people, with no political overtones. We are harassed, extorted, beaten, and killed by the police simply because we are young and fashionable. This has gone on long enough, and we’ve had enough, and we’re calling on the government to take action.”

Lay has pledged his support for Nigeria’s #EndSARS campaign. Harper’s Bazaar quoted him as saying, “People must understand that these protests are solely about the people, with no political overtones. We are harassed, extorted, beaten, and killed by the police simply because we are young and fashionable. This has gone on long enough, and we’ve had enough, and we’re calling on the government to take action.”

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