Sunday, April 14, 2024
Sunday, April 14, 2024

“Don Jazzy signed me 3 days after seeing my video” – Ayra Starr

The highly acclaimed Nigerian singer, Ayra Starr, disclosed that her record label executive, Don Jazzy, swiftly signed her to a contract within just three days.

The “Sabi” artist shared how posting a cover song on social media paved the way for her to secure a record deal with Mavin Records.

Ayra Starr highlighted that her decision to pursue music was influenced by her mother, who encouraged her to create song covers and redirected her focus from modeling to music.

“I wanted to do modeling because everyone told me I couldn’t do it like I’m not tall enough, and I told them, “Watch me.” And I ended up doing it. When I look back, I’m so proud of little Ayra, too.

It’s because of her that I’m here now. It’s because of that 16-year-old girl who didn’t give up and kept going. I used to do cover [songs] on Instagram. My mum and her friends used to force me to do covers.

I uploaded one cover on Instagram, I didn’t even like the video. But something just kept telling me to post it and I did. Not up to 6 hours later, Don Jazzy reached out. Three days later, he signed me.”

She added;

“I’m an artiste to the core, and I want my style, my hair, my music, to represent how I feel. I don’t care about aesthetics, it’s more about how I feel. I’m not bothered about the male, or female gaze, or anybody’s gaze for that matter, except my own.

I’ve always had a mind of my own. Growing up in different places, in different cultures, has shaped my mind. And despite all these influences, I’m still myself. I wrote “Asé” when I was 15 — I had no business writing that song. So that gives you a glimpse of the kind of mindset I had at a young age.”

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