Praise Ugbede Adejo aka Praiz who is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and music producer who came into limelight when he featured on the 2008 edition of MTN’s Project Fame. He is known for his hit tracks, ‘Rich and Famous’, ‘Mercy’ and ‘Oshey’ featuring African music legend, Awilo Logomba. His style of music can be classed as a mix between soul and R&B. It has been said by many that Praiz is Nigeria’s John Legend due to his unique voice that is capable of hitting high notes.
GROWING UP AND MUSICAL INFLUENCE
Praiz was born on the 8th of March in Lagos in the 80s although he grew up in Kaduna with his 4 siblings and parents after his father was transferred there in 1992. He comes from Kogi State and he happens to be from the Igala tribe. His father is a pastor and Praiz used to sing and play the drums for the church choir when he was much younger. Praiz grew up listening to the likes of Barry White and has cited artistes like Michael Jackson, BoyzIIMen, John Legend, Carl Thomas and Joe as his musical influences. He once revealed that he never planned to become a musician. He attended the Kaduna Polytechnic where he studied computer science.
Praiz has been in the music business for close to 12 years now if not more but his career began to take a whole new shape when he emerged as second runner-up in MTN Project Fame in 2008. After Project Fame, Praiz decided to settle down in Lagos and pursue his music squarely. Praiz who is also a music producer, is currently signed to the label X3M Music and is expected to drop his debut album any time soon. Praiz has worked with several top class artistes including Cobhams Asuquo, Bez, Awilo, M.I, Efa and others. One of his most notable works so far has to be his collaboration alongside Nigerian alternative musican Bez on the hit track, ‘That Stupid Song’. Praiz has a reputation for churning out love ballads and soft songs laden with gentle instrumentals but he has also proven his diversity in terms of music as he switches things up from time to time with commercially appealing songs like Mercy and Oshey which were also well received. He is gradually building quite an impressive fan base at the moment.
AWARD NOMINATIONS AND BRAND AMBASSADORSHIP
Praiz has been nominated for World Best Male Artist, World Best Live Act and World Best Entertainer of the Year at the World Music Awards as well as the Voice of the year award. He has also been nominated a couple of times at the Headies Awards. Praiz signed an endorsement deal with Cadbury and he also became a brand ambassador for MTN Nigeria after his time in the Project Fame Academy.
PERSONAL LIFE AND FASHION TASTES
Praiz is currently single. The 5 ft. 11inches man is often styled by Mai Atafo and sometimes sports jackets by Remmy Buttons. He loves dark glasses and also has a strong likeness for suits.
Praiz works with a number of Non-Governmental Organisations including Safe Motherhood Foundation and Little Big Souls.