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Biography and Net Worth of Johnny Drille

Johnny Drille is a Nigerian folk/alternative singer, songwriter, producer, and sound engineer who was born John Ighodaro. In 2006, he began self-learning music producing skills and in 2012, he began making songs commercially. His current label is Mavin Records.

Early Life and Education

Johnny Drille was born and reared in Edo State, Nigeria, on July 5, 1990. His father is a clergyman and a school administrator. He is the youngest of four siblings. Drille began singing at an early age in his father’s church. Johnny began singing in church with his siblings when he was quite young. He joined the children’s choir and began playing the keyboard in 2001. He also became a member of the ‘Soul Awakening Signers,’ singing alongside his sister and other familiar figures. He began training himself music creation with a tape recorder in 2006.

Johnny Drille received his elementary and senior studies at top public schools in Benin. He earned a degree in English and Literature from the University of Benin.


Drille’s musical career began in the church. In 2013, he competed on the sixth season of Project Fame West Africa. In 2015, he recorded a version of Di’Ja’s “Awww,” which piqued the interest of Mavin Records CEO Don Jazzy. In 2015, his debut single “Wait for Me” was released. It was nominated for Best Alternative Song at the 2016 Headies. He recorded “Start All Over” with Niniola, another season 6 contestant. He signed a record deal with Mavin Records in February 2017.

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.

Personal Life

Johnny Drille’s music strikes a deep chord with the soul. And the reason for this is that Johnny Drille is an introvert. He made this known on social media.

Furthermore, based on how he held his debut show, Johnny’s Room Live, he is an introvert. Introverts dislike crowds and prefer simplicity and intimacy, which perfectly describes his first concert. We don’t know much about the singer’s romantic life save that he is unmarried and that his song “Finding Efe” suggests that he is looking. In his leisure time, he creates song covers and shares them with his admirers.


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:

2016Best Alternative Song“Wait for Me”Nominated
Best Vocal Performance (Male)
Best R&B Single“Romeo & Juliet”
2018The HeadiesBest Alternative Song
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Best Alternative Song“Finding Efe”Won
2019Best Vocal Performance (Male)Nominated

Net Worth

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.

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