Dare Art Alade – popularly known as Darey – is a Nigerian multi-platinum selling and award-winning musician, singer-songwriter, and Idol series judge. He is the son of the renowned Nigerian entertainer, Art Alade.
For over seven years, Dare Art Alade, born to
legendary Nigerian Jazz pioneer Art Alade and Olapeju Alade has been a
disc jockey, TV presenter, entertainment consultant, voice over artist
and performing/recording artist. Dare (pronounced Da-Ray) knew he was
going to be a singer since the tender age of eight, and has childhood
memories of rummaging through his father’s extensive Jazz collection and
tagging along with him to his concerts. These early experiences gave
him his first taste of ‘showbiz’.
Dare honed his skills at an
early age, singing with several choirs, including the National Troupe of
Nigeria Choir and then the Cathedral Choir. From the age 15, he began
performing extensively in clubs around Lagos, Ibadan and other cities in
Nigeria. It was during one of those late night sessions he met an
executive at Cool FM, a major Radio station, who appreciated his voice,
and his ability to interact with his audience. The determined teenager
began shuttling between Cool Fm and the University of Lagos where he was
studying for a degree in Music. During his time at Cool Fm, he had the
opportunity to acquire the basic knowledge of radio production and
marketing. His big break finally came during the 2004 edition of Project
Fame Academy, a well renowned Reality TV show and continent-wide talent
hunt, where he had the opportunity to perform in front of over 100
million people, and emerged third in the contest.
unfruitful Record Deal with Sony BMG Africa, his debut album ‘From Me 2
U’ finally hit the Nigerian market two years later on Storm Records. The
album was laced with several hit singles, including ‘Fuji’ and
‘Escalade’ which enjoyed massive airplay in the Nigerian and
international media. The top selling album also included the song,
‘Original Naija’ which was used as the theme song for the first ever
edition of Big Brother Nigeria.
Darey 5th studio album #Naked featuring Soweto Gospel Choir, Asa and Olamide
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