04 OCTOBER 2022, Since releasing her second EP Feel Everything on 15th September,Layzee Ella has been making waves as a newcomer in the Afrobeats music scene. Just two years ago theNigerian singer-songwriter and rapper was doing covers of popular Afrobeats songs on social media and has gone from internet sensation to recording artist.
This transition has appeared seamless for Layzee Ella, as though she is at the right place, at the right time. Since she released ‘Medusa (feat. Khaid)’, her first single this year in July 2022, her popularity has risen further than anticipated gaining more fans on her social media profiles and seeing this translate to her listenership. Her monthly listeners now sit at 30K on Spotify and she has been featured on playlists such as Fresh Finds Africa, New Music Friday, Nigeria and Ghana, and Bubblin’ and Sizzlers on the platform. On Apple Music, on the other hand, the EP was featured on playlists including Afrobeats Hits, Naija Hits, New Music Daily Nigeria, Kenya, and Ghana. Across all streaming platforms Feel Everything has to date spawned over 1.2 million streams which is a triumph for the young musician who is at the beginning of her career. Layzee Ella celebrated this milestone in a recent Instagram post.
Upon the release of Feel Everything, Layzee Ella premiered the EP on The Dotty Show and most recently was featured on fellow Nigerian musician Olamidè’s takeover of Spotify’s Fresh Finds Africa playlist. The rapper is set to release a remix of ‘Medusa’, giving fans an opportunity to listen to the Afrobeats and Dancehall-inspired hit anew. Layzee Ella has her eyes set on the world stage and if her recent achievements are anything to go by, she is well on her way.
ABOUT LAYZEE ELLA
Nigeria’s next superstar, Onose Emmanuella Bagudu, better known as Layzee Ella, is an exciting rapper, singer, and songwriter hoping to grab with both hands Afrobeat’s’ promise of prosperity. Although her journey seems to have started on social media through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Layzee has been writing music since she was all but 8 years old. The self-proclaimed introvert drew creative inspiration from her love of reading and began her own process of storytelling through writing songs.
Honestly, when I am not speaking, I am thinking – like always. I am hardly ever speaking and when I was younger, I was mostly in my head too and so from very early on I learned to express myself through writing.
After doing covers of popular Afrobeats songs on social media and growing her online community of supporters, the singer-rapper released her debut single “Sober” which had people talking, and listening. The following year she had a lot more to say, rolling out her debut EP When The Lights Go Off which spawned the hits “Deep Into You” and “Body On Me” along with four other boisterous tunes.
Her songs speak of a desire for sincere companionship, a passion she shares not just with young people but with music listeners of all ages. Love is an important part of her messaging. To Layzee, being of love and consequently being in love is the greatest superpower a human being can embody. She makes it a point to show why the freedom to express love is ever more important today in the human experience – it is strength, unrelenting, uncompromising strength.
While the superstar has admitted that she is in the process of carving out her sound and the kind of music she wants to make, sonically she borrows from genres such as R&B, Dancehall, and Reggae in addition to Afrobeats. This has helped Layzee mold her own vibrant soundscape which fans have come to love.
Layzee Ella is creating a world with her music where she hopes to inspire creativity, freedom, and connection.
When I am in the studio creating, I am always truly myself and fully expressive and I would love for my listeners to have the same energy. I want to inspire people to honor themselves in their everyday lives.
Feel everything is out now, stream/listen here: https://WarnerMusicAfrica.lnk.to/Feel_Everything
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