10 Nigerian Artists Who Are Exceptional Songwriters
The process of making music can be quite intricate, with many creators making contributions to put together a song or project.
While there are those who focus solely on the art of songwriting, there are some gifted singers who have the exceptional ability to write their own songs and hardly seek help to compose a decent jam.
Artists who are skilled at songwriting usually have an edge over the ones who aren’t. They can easily write a song from scratch and deliver songs with quality lyrical content.
The special wordsmiths also get to collaborate easily with several acts, using their songwriting skills to make an impression as well as give subtle ideas on the form a song or project should take.
These are the songwriters that are fully recognized in the Nigerian music industry;
Simi’s interest in music started when she joined the choir as a kid. She later pursued a career in gospel music before switching to being a secular artist. Her first hit single Tiff was highly commended for having powerful lyrics.
The endowed singer writes her own songs and has churned out extremely hot singles. Have you heard Simi's latest album, Omo Charlie Champagne? We strongly recommend listening right away!
An alternative musician with a sonorous voice and unparalleled songwriting skills. His songs are mostly perfectly crafted with standard lyrics.
So far, Brymo has released six studio albums, with nearly all the songs written and composed by him. He’s a musical genius and is regarded as a respectable act in the music industry.
Before Tiwa Savage decided to become a superstar singer, she had gained a reputation in the international market as a reliable songwriter. The Afrobeats Queen has written songs for prominent acts such as Babyface, Kat Deluna, Fantasia Barrino, and many more.
Tiwa's songs have been received with critical acclaim, especially on the part of songwriting. She signed a songwriting deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing in 2009.
Adekunle Gold is one of the rare talents in the Nigerian music industry. The alternative singer earned his place when he dropped a cover (Sade) to One Direction’s Story of My Life.
Simi's husband has top-notch songwriting skills and this has made itself evident in his songs and albums.
Darey Art Alade
Darey is one of the best songwriters we have in the Nigerian music industry. He's got great vocal strength and has released four studio albums and several singles. As a judge for music contests, Darey has helped shape the careers of fledgling musicians.
One of the most distinguished qualities of Teni is her unequaled ability to write and compose songs within a short period of time. With her constant freestyles, she has learned to become an expert at songwriting. The NextRated award winner was responsible for co-writing Davido’s Like Dat as well as all her own songs.
Harrysong was originally a songwriter before he became a hotshot singer. The former Five Star signee has written songs for different artists including Kcee. He's established a place for himself in the industry with his unique songwriting ability.
A little unusual, yes? Not many people are aware that this young Afropop act is exceedingly gifted when it comes to songwriting. Blessed with a distinct urban Yoruba sound, he's contributed heavily to many DMW songs and projects.
Peruzzi’s most prominent talent is not his amazing vocals. It’s his natural flair for writing and composing. A skill he seems to have honed over time and is serving him well currently.
You can’t mention songwriting in the Nigerian music industry without Cobhams Asuquo. The man has contributed immensely to so many songs as well as writing for several artists. He is also a talented musician and producer.