Johnny Drille, born John Ighodaro, is a Nigerian folk/alternative singer, songwriter, producer, and sound engineer. He began self-learning music production techniques in 2006 and began making music professionally in 2012. Mavin Records is his current label.
Early Life and Education
Johnny Drille was born on July 5, 1990, in Edo State, Nigeria, and raised there. His father is a school principal and a minister. He has four brothers and sisters. Drille began singing in his father’s church at a young age. Johnny began singing in church with his siblings at a young age. In 2001, he joined the children’s choir and began playing the keyboard. He also joined the ‘Soul Awakening Signers,’ and was singing with his sister and other familiar faces. In 2006, he began teaching himself music production using a cassette recorder.
Johnny Drille attended top public schools in Benin for his elementary and secondary school education. He studied at the University of Benin and graduated with a degree in English and Literature.
Drille began his musical career in the church. He was one of the contestants on the sixth season of Project Fame West Africa in 2013. In 2015, he released a cover of Di’Ja’s “Awww”, which caught the attention of Mavin’s CEO Don Jazzy. His debut single “Wait for Me” was released in 2015. It was nominated for Best Alternative Song at The Headies 2016. He teamed up with Niniola, a fellow season 6 contestant, to record “Start All Over“. In February 2017, he signed a record deal with Mavin Records. On September 3, 2021, he released his debut album, which consists of a fourteen-track project, before we fall asleep featuring Nigerian artists like; Ayra Starr, Ladipoe, Lagos community choir, Don Jazzy, Chylde, Kwitte, Cilsoul and the Classic afro R&B group, Syl plus under the label Mavin Records.
Johnny Drille’s kind of music creates a deep connection with the soul. And the reason behind that is that Johnny Drille is an introvert. He made this public via his social media.
Moreover, He is an Introvert looking at how he held his first concert – Johnny’s Room Live. Introverts don’t fancy crowds that well, they prefer simplicity and intimacy and that’s the description for his first concert. We can’t say much concerning the singer’s love relationship except that he is single and that his song “Finding Efe” reveals that he is searching. In his spare time, He does song covers which he shares with his fans.
Some of them include:
- Love Don’t Lie (2015)
- Wait For Me (2015)
- Start All Over (2016)
- My Beautiful Love (2016)
- Dear Future Wife (2017)
- Romeo and Juliet (2017)
- Halleluya (2018)
- Awa Love (2018)
- Shine (2019)
- Papa (2019)
- Forever (2019)
- Finding Efe (2019)
- Count On You (2019)
- Something Better (2020)
- Mystery Girl (2020)
- Bad Dancer (2021)
- Loving Is Harder (2021)
Awards and Nominations
Drille prides himself on a good number of awards and nominations. Some of them include:
|2016||Best Alternative Song||“Wait for Me”||Nominated|
|Best Vocal Performance (Male)|
|Best R&B Single||“Romeo & Juliet”|
|2018||The Headies||Best Alternative Song|
|Best Alternative Song||“Finding Efe”||Won|
|2019||Best Vocal Performance (Male)||Nominated|
Johnny Drille is doing well financially, and his earnings are projected to increase with the latest release of his debut album. He has an estimated net worth of $700,000.