Mavin Records artiste Johnny Drille has gotten a social media standing ovation from fans following his performance at the 2018 Afropolitan Vibes held in Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island, Lagos on Friday.
The alternative music singer graced the big stage at the music show where he gave a perfect rendition to one of his hit songs, ‘ Romeo and Juliet’ which has got everyone talking on social media.
— Foza™ (@fozadoza) September 21, 2018
Following his performance, Nigerians have taken to Twitter to pour out their reactions as most of them believe that his music is too good for this part of the world.
Without further ado, check out peoples reactions below:
Couples are just doing lovey lovey as Johnny Drille is singing. Small time I'll pour someone my drink. Rubbish. ?
— Edidi0ng (@_BoredChairman) September 21, 2018
I came out for Johnny Drille and now I'm here and it feels so good listening to him sing to me ?
— Mauve (@SharonMauve) September 21, 2018
listening to music has never been so good. you are a MUSIC god "Johnny Drille"
— Okduet (@okduet) September 21, 2018
Come to think about it, in a time where musicians with the unconventional sounds like Simi, Johnny Drille, Niniola and others are making mad waves, shouldn't we be asking where JesseJagz is? #MBGN2018
— CzarOfficial (@9japidginnews) September 21, 2018
I started listening to Johnny drille songs since last year and since then I always want more of his songs … The guy is sensational. Please we need more songs from u bros
— Ihunayamadu (@ihunayamadu) September 21, 2018
— NOVICE2STAR.COM ™ (@novice2star) September 21, 2018
Omo Johnny Drille’s voice is the real deal …
— Otobong (@justinessien) September 21, 2018
Johnny Drille is the Nigerian Jon Bellion. Makes good music and is highly underrated.
— Charlie (@charles_jonsen) September 21, 2018
Johnny Drille is goooood!!!!!
— Balogun (@Tamiilore) September 21, 2018
Nice performance by Johnny Drille ?
— The Classic Observer (@zee_zeey) September 21, 2018
John Ighodaro, better known as Johnny Drille was born and raised in Edo State, Nigeria. He is from a family of seven including a clergy father and mother. He graduated from the University of Benin in 2012 where he majored in English and Literature.
He is a folk/alternative singer, songwriter, producer, and sound engineer. He started out music from his father’s Church at a very early age, and learned to sing around his siblings especially his older sister. He then went on to teach himself music production around 2006 when he first began using cassette recorders.
He was a contestant on the 6th Edition of the MTN Project Fame Academy in 2013.
As an artist, Johnny had been putting out songs but they had gone unnoticed until January 2015 when he released his cover version of Di’ja’s ‘Awww’ which caught Don Jazzy’s attention. The Mavin Records’ huncho followed him on Twitter to commend him. That became his first contact with Mavin Records’ CEO.
The cover introduced him to more listeners. He followed it up with a personal composition, the Christian country/folksy song ‘Love Don’t Lie’ in June of the same year. August 12, 2015 saw the release of the massively accepted ‘Wait For Me’ that top topped most of the Nigerian alternative charts. In February of 2016, he released the folksy love song titled ‘My Beautiful Love’ which is in celebration of true love.
On his choice of the folk sound, he admits he didn’t start out with it as he had tried his hands at multiple genres of music including highlife, hip-hop, and even afro-pop but these didn’t work out until he figured out a way to stand out after coming across the music of the American folk band, Mumford & Sons.
Johnny Drille music has been inspired by Mumford & Sons, Owl City, Phillip Phillips, Passenger, Jon Bellion, Laura Mvula, Cobhams Asuquo, etc. The talented singer has stated in the past the he hopes to in Nigeria and beyond redefine love songs through his music.
In late 2016 he was nominated at the Headies for Best Alternaive Song for ‘Wait For Me’. On February 28, 2017 Johnny Drille was officially announced as a Mavin Records artiste.