Contact: Duane Johnson
Phone: 774 578 1641
Email: [email protected]
RANDOLPH , MASSACHUSETTS – EZEMDI, perhaps one of our most talented young musicians/singer/songwriters to surface in the music world (think Grammy Award Winner, Esperanza Spaulding and this year’s American Idol Casey Abrams) has taken on the extraordinary challenge with his latest debut album offering, BY YOUR SIDE (Crazze House Records) set for release June, 14 2011. The first single, “Take Off will be serviced to Urban/R &B radio next month. The Boston-based label is currently gearing up to launch, market and promote EZEMDI’S debut CD of romantic ballads and urbanized up and mid-tempo songs that will lead the Nigerian-born entertainer to a possible Grammy Award Nomination for 2012.
Ezemdi Chikwendu was born April 24, 1986, in West Africa (Enugu, Nigeria). At the age of 4, he was brought to the U.S and adopted by his Aunt, Dr. Ruth Onukwue for medical reasons. Due to his albinism, she wanted him to have the best medical treatment possible. She brought him to the U.S along with his mother, Elizabeth Chikwendu who gave birth in the U.S to Ezemdi’s younger brother, Enyichi Chikwendu. Due to his albinism, Ezemdi wasn’t allowed to be out in the sun very much. “As a kid I use to hate that i couldn’t play with the other kids outside, i felt like i wasn’t normal and i wanted to be normal. I hated all the extra attention I needed. However, as time went on, instead of playing outside with the other kids he took to music. His aunt noticed his interest in music and began to encourage him by buying various instruments like a piano, guitar, organ, and trumpet. Ezemdi learned how to play all of those instruments that Dr. Ruth gave him. By the age of 8, Ezemdi was already playing the piano with professional musicians for Sunday services at Bethel Gospel Assembly, in Harlem, NY.
As time went on, Ezemdi’s entire family eventually came to the U.S. and moved to Randolph, Massachusetts, where the now teenager attended Randolph High School. He began focusing on music by playing the grand piano in the school’s auditorium every opportunity he got. He also learned another instrument—the trombone, at the encouragement of his music teacher, Dave Barry. It was also in high school that Ezemdi experimented with his voice. He and two other friends formed a group that called themselves, TRUE TALENT, performing at school football & basketball games, talent shows and town events. After high school, Ezemdi attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music and formed a music licensing company, SPEAK E-Z MUSIC. While shopping for a music label, Ezemdi sign with Mark Geohagan of CRAZEE HOUSE RECORDS. Thus BY YOUR SIDE was born!
Ezemdi has been producing for several local artists as well as international artists. He has done production for various acts such as Staxx, V.I.P Cassie Cardel, Bebe Rexha, Kim Morrrell, Jared Jones, Chidinma Okebalamaetc. Chidinma is a Nigeria recording artist that Ezemdi has done some work with. Songs like, “Show Me Your 32s, and “Obimmo are currently getting airplay in Nigeria.
Ezemdi’s upcoming new CD BY YOUR SIDE , produced by the talented musician himself and Mark Geohagan, with writing partners Jared Jones and J Sell , is an important musical offering for the Boston-based label. The young entertainer’s passionate and intimate delivery on this album will garner thousands of young adult listeners who will appreciate his unique musicianship and contemporary vocal. BY YOUR SIDE is a dazzling pairing of singer and material.
Mark Geohagan-CEO of CRAZZE HOUSE RECORDS and their marketing and promotional staff are confident that EZEMDI’S CD will appeal to a younger demographic as well as the 18-24 music lover who listen to R&B, Neo-Soul recording artists. The music label is now preparing a creative marketing/promotion/internet campaign that will involve street promotion strategies in various markets, as well as an extensive national retail campaign for the CD. EZEMDI will go out on a six city promo tour this summer in support of the new single and album.