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Meet Korede Sonupe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Korede Sonupe.

Korede, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve had an early interest in music for as far back as I can remember. I always wanted to be an entertainer and that what I set out to be. I was born and raised in Nigeria, West Africa. I grew up in Lagos city mostly but my family traveled a lot to different countries.

We have family all over the world, and most of my cousins had some sort of a talent in entertainment from instruments, dancing and singing e.t.c. every time I went to go visit id pick up something new. My older brother Jimmy is also a musician, his story is very inspiring as well but he helped me a lot when I started making and he still does now, not only with music but with anything I need help with.

I moved to Hoffman Estates, IL in 2006 and at that time I only had ambitions to be a dancer until a couple of years later I uploaded a YouTube video of me dancing to a T-pain song, and they took it down for copyright. I was so upset, it had the most view I ever got on YouTube. After that, I decided id just make my own music so I don’t have to deal with copyright. I dove in way deeper than I thought and the journey has been nothing short of amazing.

I started make music seriously in 2011 but like anyone else I had a lot to learn (those songs were horrible). I kept working at it trying to find my sound and trying honestly to find myself. All that unsuspectingly brought me to LA. I continued on with my music until I met Mr. Bliss (someone who would eventually become my brother) we started making. Music together and with our talents combined, we started making some noise.

The music I make is “Afro-Soul”. one of the best things about music is how it can make people feel and my music is to make you feel soulful and the afro part is to make you dance your problems away. My inspiration for my sound started with Barry White, when I started singing I wanted to be trey songs, I heard myself and quickly realized I wasn’t trey songs. One day I was at lunch in school and I was playing around imitating an uncle at a cookout and I started singing like Barry White “my first, my last…” by the time I was done I had everyone on the floor cracking up. The next time I went to record some new vocals I decided to take it seriously with the voice and make it my own with the other influences I had such as T-Pain, Burna Boy & my brother “Jimmy Flames” mix all that up and we get Afro-Soul.

I am currently finishing up my EP. “No Secrets” I’ve been working on it for a little over a year now it’s going to be my 1st official EP. and I am very excited to share it with everyone. One of the songs “pop it pop it” was fully produced & written by yours truly and the supportive had since releasing that single has been great. I love watching people dance and feel good while listening to my music, that what I make it for. listening to this EP. I believe it will be an escape and a deep connection with yourself and/or with a loved one.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Consistency I believe is always a major struggle for most because everyone has real-world problems and when those come into play, things like bills and commitment to others, it gets a bit hard to stay committed to your own dreams and goals but my best advice would be “just get back to it” even if you fell off for a week or a month, pick up where you left off and catch up.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
An Afro-soul musician. I can say I’m one of the very few people in LA that makes the kind of music I make. I spent almost a decade focusing on my sound and now I know every song I make reflects on the work I put into my Art.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
After I drop the EP. I want to go on tour. my goal is to fully fund my own tour and take another step towards being an artist.

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Marcus Dawson
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