Adekunle Gold Biography
Adekunle Gold born Adekunle Kosoko, is a Nigerian professional graphics designer, music recording artiste, singer, songwriter and performer with a unique genre of music he calls Urban Highlife. Adekunle was born into a royal family in Lagos State, Nigeria.
Adekunle Gold Music Career
While growing up, Adekunle developed interest in music while listening to songs by King Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey. He became a member of his church’s junior choir during his teenage years, and went on to write his first song at the age of 15. In 2014, Adekunle went solo after he disbanded a music group he formed with a friend while in school. Adekunle Gold was dubbed the “King of Photoshop” after posting an edited Photoshop image of him hugging Tiwa Savage. On 19 December 2014, he released a cover of One Direction’s “Story of My Life” titled “Sade”, which rose to critical acclaim and went on to be nominated at the 2015 edition of The Headies.
After the release of “Sade”, Adekunle released his first official single titled “Orente” through YBNL Nation after signing a music contract with the record label on March 5, 2015. He was nominated in the Most Promising Act of the Year category at the 2015 City People Entertainment Awards.
On 18 July 2016, Adekunle Gold revealed the cover and track list of his debut studio album titled Gold. The album is a 16-track project, with musical production from Pheelz, Masterkraft, B Banks, Sleekamo, Oscar and Seyikeyz. It was released on 25 July, three days before the original scheduled date of release. Upon its release, it peaked at #7 on the Billboard World Album Chart for the week of 13 August 2016. Moreover, it was critically reviewed by contemporary music critics. Following his departure from YBNL Nation due to the expiry of his contract, Adekunle Gold unveiled his band “The 79th Element” in reference to the atomic number of gold.
Adekunle Gold Age
He was born on January 28, 1987.
Adekunle Gold Education
He holds a Higher National Diploma in Arts and Design from Lagos State Polytechnic.
Adekunle Gold Songs
- My Life
- Beautiful Night
- Nurse Alabere
- Friend zone
- No Forget ft Simi
- Pick up
- Ariwo ko
- Fight for you
- Sweet me
Adekunle Gold Phone Number
Email: [email protected]
Call : + 234 708 921 9034
Adekunle Gold Interview with Vibe Magazine
On how he started out as a singer years back, Gold said:
Adekunle Gold: “My father would say religion is education’ he tells me, recounting the events that paved the way for music.”
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“I joined the teens choir and it was very competitive. It was a thing to just hold the mic and I would try to impress my choir mistress for a chance then but she wasn’t having it. She’d say “you’re not there yet” so I kept doing the most to impress this woman. I think I was in the church for 11 years and it never happened.”
On his kind of music:
Adekunle Gold: “My genre is a fusion of Highlife and Pop and Indie. My manager says it’s Modern Highlife but I still say that it’s Urban Highlife.” Right behind us is Niyi, a young lady full of warmth and natural hair who had earlier introduced herself as his friend and manager. As accused by Adekunle, she repeats herself with a stress. “Moderrrrn highlife…”
On several attempts at breaking into the industry:
Adekunle Gold: “I went to so many auditions and I got so many NOs to the point that I was like ‘I’m done; I’m not doing these reality shows again. Let me focus on my own reality…See that line yeah?’ he pumps his index finger, nodding and smiling at his poetic usage of the word “reality”.”
On photoshopping and how he became known:
Adekunle Gold: “It started out as fun, you know. One Saturday morning, I was in my house and I saw one particular photo of Tiwa Savage. I thought, I would love to take a picture with this lady, ‘cause I really love Tiwa Savage. Then I thought, you know, I can. So I told my friend to take my picture. He thought I was crazy. And I did as if I was holding her from behind and then I did the photoshop and people really liked it. I was struggling for people to hear my music so I thought, if I can be popular for this one, I might as well. It might find its way to the people I really want to work with as a musician. I went on to do pictures with Toolz and Tontoh Dikeh and it became a sensation. They started saying King of Photoshop. So, when I released a song, they didn’t take me seriously at first. This Photoshop guy, what can he sing?”
‘I studied Art and Industrial Design at Lagos State Polytechnic and I majored in graphics.” He says
Explaining how a twist of fate landed him a job as the official graphics designer for YBNL.
Adekunle Gold: “I designed the YBNL logo. It was just a business relationship and I did stuff for Olamide. Though I remember sending him something that I wrote for him, but that was some balls because Olamide writes for himself but I just thought maybe he would like this one. There was no music relationship at all. Then I released Sade on my own then he said he would like to have me on board. I took the deal, before my guy will change his mind.”
On his personal life:
Adekunle Gold: “Girl. My life has been about girls. Everything girl! It was 2004, I went to see a friend and she said they were having a midweek service. I said, why not? Is it not to go and get the girl? But then, I found Jesus. You get the greater God then you now get the girl. Interesting story right?’
On Orente and writing the song for rumored lover Simi:
Adekunle Gold: “I thought I said this already. I wrote Orente about Simisola, it’s not even news again. But it’s for you as well,” he adds with a cheeky laugh.