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Singer and songwriter Isaac Geralds came into the limelight as a finalist at Project Fame Season Four. That event unveiled him as a fantastically talented singer, with a voice capable of enrapturing listeners and leaving audiences spellbound. Since then, he has made great strides and is on track to becoming the next big thing on the Afro-soul scene in Nigeria. He dazzles at weddings, works up the atmosphere at events into an excited mode, and turns on the style with a vocal delivery that is difficult to match.

But it all started when he was quite little; an eight-year-old singing praises to God in a church choir, and dreaming about becoming as good as Stevie Wonder.

Isaac Geralds talks to Connect Nigeria’s Ikenna Nwachukwu about his unique style, a smash hit, and what it is that makes him such a great artiste.[separator type=”space”]

CN: Tell us about the events that led up to you appearing on Project Fame and your journey afterwards.

I left a job- one for which I was well-paid –to enter for the Project Fame contest. After the audition, I was called back, and it went on from there. I didn’t win, but I realized that whatever happened after that was strictly up to me, so I decided to make the most of it.

CN: How would you classify the genre of music you do? Soul, I guess?

Soulish. It’s a bit of soul and a bit of everything else. There’s afro-pop, there’s jazz- so its soul and everything else.

CN: What is it about the kind of music you do- the vibrant soulish, R&B type –that has drawn you to it?

Basically, my influence growing up- Boyz II Men, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder. I listened to a lot of R&B and jazz…so I guess that’s it.

CN: How do you get the inspiration for your music?      

Everything inspires me- life, people’s stories- everything. Everything I see, everything I hear inspires me. I like to be close to nature. It helps me to write.

CN: Which of your songs is your favourite?

Falling in Love. That song. A lot of people are into it. I get to hear testimonials about how they have listened to it and liked it.

CN: What makes you stand out as a musician?

My stage performance is one really to be reckoned with. That’s because I perform with every bit of emotion I have.

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This article was first published on 4th November 2016


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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