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Harrysong, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and instrumentalist who rose to fame after his tribute song to Nelson Mandela won the "Most Downloaded Callertune Award" at The Headies 2013, he was said to have made up to 50million naira on the tribute song via MTN. As at 2015 he is signed to 5star music group with his friend and partner Kcee.
Harrysong was born as the only child to Ijaw parents in Warri, Delta State. After the death of his mother, a strained relationship between him and his step-mother led to his drop-out from school and his involvement with music grew after moving to Port Harcourt.
At age eleven, Harrysong's music career started as a congarist in the church his mother served as the music director before he went on to learn contemporary gospel music.
According to him professionally, he started doing music in 2007,when he just came to Lagos. He started hustling, going to studio to record and going to clubs to play for people. Then he met Kcee at O’jez Club. He was the one who introduced him to a lot of people who he worked with. It was in 2012 that he actually started enjoying what he does.
According to him when sspeaking on challenges in his music career he revealed; back then, he used to rehearse people’s songs to go and perform at clubs. There was this day he was unlucky to stay late at the club where he went to perform and they had locked the gate to the house of the friend he was squatting with. He said the annoying thing was that he paid to perform at the show and yet they still didn’t allow him to perform because he wasn’t popular. So, he was forced to sleep under the bridge in Ikeja till day break.
He also revealed back then he didn’t do any other thing. Music was all he did. He said he moved from studio to studio writing free songs for people and following live bands to perform.
In 2013 he decide to do a song for Nelson Mandela after his death, a song which caught MTN's attention and he did song in partnership with MTN, the tribute song became a huge deal in 2013.
The Mandela song for caller tune on MTN is one of the biggest caller tunes on the MTN platform, and it’s a blessing for him. He was inspired by the story of Mandela to do the song and he did that song to honour Mandela. Rumors has it that he's made up to 50million naira on the song via MTN caller tunes.
In an interview he said:
"It’s been fun working with MTN, because many things were just laid down for you on a Platter of gold and recently MTN sponsored all my expenses and trip to the recent Grammy, so it’s been fun."
In 2014, Harrysong was nominated in the "Best Pop/R&B Artist of the Year" category at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards after the release of his chart-topping song "Better Pikin".
"It took a lot of courage for me to move from that point to this point. You need to be very sure of yourself, because people don’t want to invest in what they are not sure of. In my case, I was sure of what I had and what I wanted. So I had to keep on pushing because back then, I was already seeing the picture of today. It was very difficult, but I held on to the passion and talent which has gotten me this far.
I’m not really scared of anything. What has brought me this far is hardwork. I don’t like to give excuses, because I have everything it takes to make it in life. I don’t give room for excuses. When you talk about fulfillment, I am not yet there;, there’s still a lot more coming ahead. This is the first phase of my career. I write songs every day. I work hard every day. So, there’s still a lot more to come.
If music didn’t work for me, I don’t know what else would have worked for me. Maybe I would have gone into football. Music is my life and I thank God for His grace and mercy."
In 2015, Harrysong really showed to many Nigerians he is good at what he does after releasing two hit singles featuring other artists in them. He released "Feel It" fetauring, Iyanya And Kcee earlier in 2015 and released one of the biggest songs of the year "Reggae Blues" featuring, Olamide, Kcee, Iyanya, and Orezi. A song which totally made him more famous and drew people's attention to him.
Won The Headies 2013 Most Downloaded Callertune.
2014 NMVA for ‘Best Pop Extra’ and ‘Best Contemporary Afro’ category.
South South Music Awards.
Harrysong signed a multimillion naira endorsement deal with MTN in 2014 and was also renewed in 2015.
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