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Praise Ugbede Adejo also known as Praiz is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and music producer who shot into the limelight when he featured on the 2008 edition of MTN’s Project Fame. He is best known for his hit tracks, ‘Rich and Famous’, ‘Mercy’ and ‘Oshey’ featuring African music legend, Awilo Logomba. His style of music can be termed as a mix between soul and R&B. He has also been dubbed by many as Nigeria’s John Legend due to his unique voice that is capable of hitting high notes gracefully.

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GROWING UP AND MUSICAL INFLUENCEPraiz 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 hails from Kogi State and he is of the Igala tribe. His father was a pastor and he used to sing and play the drums in 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.

CAREER

Praiz has been doing music for over 12 years now but his career became full blown when he emerged as second runner-up in the highly viewed musical reality show, MTN Project Fame in 2008. After his time at 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 X3M Music and is expected to drop his debut album any time from now.

Praiz has worked with several top notch 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 numerous 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. 11” hunk of a 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.

HUMANITARIAN WORK

Praiz works with a number of Non-Governmental Organisations including Safe Motherhood Foundation and Little Big Souls. The Motherhood Foundation is geared towards helping to reduce premature maternal mortality and assisting women who can’t afford maternal care.

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  1. Deegams July 11, 2015 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    you are the bomb my brother!!!…..keep on doing what u kwn how to do best God is on ur side

  2. Nexy August 27, 2015 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    yah dis is very nice 2 no somtinx abt Praiz am so so impressed for that, jxt keep it on like neva b4 #luv u

  3. Tabitha October 9, 2015 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Nice Praiz keep it on

  4. Angela December 19, 2015 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    It’s you, it’s your voice. Love yu

  5. Angela December 19, 2015 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    It’s you,, it’s your voice, don’t even know what to say. Love
    you

  6. mr brown 4rm k g December 25, 2015 at 9:30 am - Reply

    wt u luv doin most keep it up god is there

  7. Anonymous January 11, 2016 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Nice 1 priaz

  8. Ogwuche Stephen 4rm kogi state January 22, 2016 at 7:20 am - Reply

    Nice 1 bro kip doin it nd u will kip prospering in it…
    I also gat dat musical ability lyk u…
    n I av much songs 2 offer u bro…
    Higher u go…

  9. Sule Kareem 4rm kogi state. dekina lga March 3, 2016 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    we are very proud of you keep it up God is your strength

  10. Anonymous May 29, 2016 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    so happy to know that u are from kogi state, keep it up bro

  11. 4-Syte August 2, 2016 at 9:25 am - Reply

    Bigger you I pray boss… One of the best voice to come outta Africa… I say that with no appologies…

  12. 4-Syte August 2, 2016 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Jah Bless

  13. Adaji Johnson September 4, 2016 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    Am hapi 2 hear dat u are frm Kogi state

  14. Anonymous September 12, 2016 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    That’s my uncle, am proud of u uncle praiz

  15. E girl September 12, 2016 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    That’s my uncle, am proud of u uncle praiz

  16. Micah Keturah frm romi kd October 11, 2016 at 7:14 am - Reply

    Nyc one bro….kip it up, luv yhu

  17. Francis February 15, 2017 at 12:48 am - Reply

    Wow, kogi has great artist….like; darey, mercy johnson Praiz,Halima Abubakar, YQ, Joseph Benjamin…. We are great then.

  18. flexkid original igala boi (foib) February 28, 2017 at 10:57 am - Reply

    keep it up bro am proud of you…………….i want to be like you when am ripe

  19. Sunday Gabriel Atoju August 23, 2017 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    I have always known you’ll go place, your talent, zeal & tenacity has never been in doubt. God keep you.