Artist to Watch: Chris Akinyemi, Born to Keep the Music Alive!

“The industry needs change” and one name to do that is twenty year old Nigerian-American Chris Akinyemi, an artist “born to keep the music alive.” The singer/songwriter is authentic, refreshing, and produces music that connects with the soul in the purest of ways. We have a strong feeling you will be hearing the name “Chris Akinyemi” on your airwaves and watching him on your television screens, very soon!

Expect Ladybrille Magazine to bring you more of Chris Akinyemi, complete with our signature style feature, in the upcoming months ahead. For now, read his bio, click our share buttons and share his beautiful songs ‘Radio’ and ‘Teenage Love’ with your family and friends. STAY TUNED!

“Chris Akinyemi gives a new meaning to the term “Singer/songwriter”. The 20 year-old New Jersey native pulls listeners ears with his visual storytelling, captivating melodies and charismatic persona, which embodies his music. At the age of 6 he started his musical enlightenment playing the snare drum for his elementary school’s marching band. By the age of 11, he wrote his first thoughts on paper about love, which was endearing for a pre-teen.

“I’ve always wanted to feel and give love even though I might have not completely understood what the word meant,” says Chris

Chris developed his musical abilities by picking up and self-teaching himself how to play the guitar and piano. Teaming up with producer Dboy (Souldiggaz, Missy Elliot, Dirty Money) and recording five well-thought out but personal songs that bring listeners into his world. These songs are mixed by industry veteran Harry Conyers (Foo fighters, Vanessa Williams, Mint Condition….) and mastered by Sweetz (Keisha Cole…). Chris is an artist that is here to stay and to leave the footprints of his legacy behind.

“I want people to know who I am or at least have an idea after listening to my records, Autumn puts my ideas in perspective in four to five minutes a piece” says Chris.

His first EP will be independently released under the Tannaz imprint in the [Spring] of 2010. Influenced by Alternative, soul, rock and hip hop music, he creates melodies that are distinct thus can never be forgotten. Indeed, the world is about to witness what has almost been forgotten in the history of musicianship. A writer who creates music that truly speaks to the soul.

“This record applies to many because of how this sort of infatuation moves past one’s teenage years. It could happen in your 20’s, 30’s or anytime. It was a lesson learned, because I was neglecting my friends and not focusing on the things that mattered to me anymore.”

[audio:|titles=Teenage Love by Chris Akinyemi]


~Uduak Oduok

Ladybrille Magazine

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