Sunny Neji’s active involvement in music began at an early age. As a boy he participated in cultural performances in his hometown Ishibori in Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross River State Nigeria. By 1987,Living in Lagos, he ventured into recording, earning a reputation as a unique voice on radio jingles and TV commercials.1991 brought the release of his debut album, ‘Captain’ on EMI. He joined Colours Band and performed as the lead singer for five years. In ’97 he released his sophomore set ‘Mr. Fantastik’, which won a num,ber of awards.
This singer and songwriter, who has been described by many as; simply extraordinary, hit the music industry with his third album titled; ‘Roforofo’ in October 2000. It was released on GM Intercontinental label. It consolidated Sunny’s position as contemporary highlife premiere protagonist. In 2002, Sunny Neji lent a hand and voice to Now Musik’s Touch of Genius: Tribute Album to the Legendary Sir, Victor Uwaifo project and scored again with his re-interpretation of the classic Joromi. He raised his golden voice in a piercing call for support for the victims of the January 27 Ikeja bomb blast with the single, ‘Victim of Circumstance’ and the massive benefit concert at the Lagos Television grounds to mark the first anniversary of the disaster. He also recorded the single Wake up! In 2003 to challenge Nigerians to vote right in the general elections. These special projects help to set the tune for his fourth full-length album ‘Unchained’, recorded in Ghana released on O’jez Music in 2003. ‘Unchained’ is an album with the necessary make up of a masterpiece and even more.
The pre-release singles ‘Oruka’ and ‘Face me’ occupied the number 1 and 2 spots on the charts and rode the airwaves for quite a while.’ Oruka’ (wedding band) is one hit amongst others, which can be referred to as a timeless classic as it became an unofficial wedding song in Nigeria. Truly as predicted, over the next couple of years the “Unchained” album, blew up to become one of the most celebrated albums in recent times. These developments set the pace for some of the great milestone achievements that marked the artiste’s career, like being chosen as the icon of Obudu Cattle Ranch in Cross River State Nigeria,GLO Ambassador aside attracting concert dates all over the world, as well as winning a KORA award for the Best West African Artiste in 2005.
His meek persona, pleasant aura and humble character plus his outstanding endowments in terms of music, make him an irresistible package as a performing and recording artiste. His vision is to become one of the greatest music icons to emerge from the citadel of creativity in Nigeria. His versatility in singing and songwriting is something remarkable. Writing original materials, has been a part of him since he discovered the inseparable chemistry between him and music. His journey thus far has witnessed a lot of career-intimidating challenges but, surviving the odds is no longer a question for a man who is determined to make the world feel his impact. He has laid a strong foundation with his music and he preaches Love, Peace, Togetherness, Respect, Tolerance and very often he makes you want to Dance.
Check out Sunny, at his official facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunny-Neji/10226232493?sk=wall, and his official myspace page, http://www.myspace.com/sunnyneji.
Sunny Neji is a Blue Pie Records USA artist and is published by Blue Pie Publishing USA (ASCAP).