Lindsey Abudei

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Lindsey Abudei is a Nigerian-born neo-soul singer and songwriter. She started recording and having jam sessions with M.I and Jesse Jagz in 2004 while she was still a Law undergraduate in Jos, Nigeria. Since then, she has released two solo projects; Brown: The EP and ...And The Bass Is Queen.

Early life and education[edit]

Abudei is a native of the Igbo-speaking part of Delta State, Nigeria; but was born and bred in Jos, Nigeria. She holds a degree in Law from the University of Jos but took music up as her career.[1]

Career[edit]

Abudei was born to parents who were involved in music during their early years, she grew up listening to the likes of Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Sade, Prince, Nat King Cole, R.E.M. Skeeter Davis, Andy Williams, The Beach Boys and Omar Lye-Fook which further inspired her to choose the neo-soul and R&B genre of music.[2]

2004–10: Early beginnings and Project Fame West Africa[edit]

During her undergraduate years in 2004, she began recording with M.I, Jesse Jagz and Ruby Gyang who were at the time under Loopy Records. In 2010, she auditioned for the Season 3 edition of Project Fame West Africa; in spite of leaving as an early evictee,her performances helped in increasing her fanbase.[3] On her return, she continued performing and had a short stint with a jazz band, The Jazzcats, she featured vocals in M.I's "Jehovah", off his Talk About It album, "Thank You" with DJinee off the album Greatest and Jesse Jagz's "This Jagged Life" off his Jags of all Trades album.[4]

2011–13: Brown EP[edit]

On 24 February 2013, Abudei independently released Brown, an 8-track EP which included three bonus tracks. Produced by Atta Lenell, Jesse Jagz and IBK, the EP contains previously released and acclaimed singles like "Drift Away","The 90s Song" and "Out The Magazine"; with cover versions of Aṣa's "Jailer" and Fela's "Trouble Sleep, Yanga go Wake Am".[4][5]

2014–present: ...And The Bass Is Queen.[edit]

In 2014, Abudei started recording her debut studio album, ...And the Bass Is Queen.. In 2015, she shot the video for "Out The Magazine", which was directed by Kemi Adetiba,[6] on 25 June 2016, she took to social media website Twitter to unveil the artwork of the 12-track album which was later released on July 5, 2016 to positive critical reviews.[7][8]

In 2017, Lindsey got into a music residency in New York and became an Art OMI Music Fellow.

Artistry and influences[edit]

She has been described[by whom?] as "everything; from songbird to songstress, sultry to sonorous, emotion evoking to even effortlessly earth-moving." In her two projects, Brown: The EP and ...and the Bass is Queen, neo soul and alternative are genres that have been explored. In her words, "I explore genres based on the stories I want to tell and may be experimental.-but my core is still organic."[citation needed] She cites Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones, Sade, Eva Cassidy, Roberta Flack as some of her musical influences.[9]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

List of EPs, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
AUS FRA GHA NGR RSA UK US
Brown:The EP.
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
AUS FRA GHA NGR RSA UK US
...And The Bass Is Queen.
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abiola Solanke (19 September 2016). "Lindsey Abudei 'I have never wanted to do music for Nigeria alone,' singer says". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Interview – Lindsey Abudei talks about her music, influences and new album '…And The Bass Is Queen.'". 9jamusicradar.com. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Onyinye Muomah (27 July 2014). "Music has a part of me attached to it – Lindsey Abudei". Premium Times. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Ovie O. (24 February 2013). "Lindsey Presents BROWN: The EP (DOWNLOAD)". notJustOk. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "New Music: Lindsey – The 90s Song". jaguda.com. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Kemi Adetiba Visuals presents the Video for Lindsey Abudei's 'Out the Magazine'". BellaNaija. 5 January 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  7. ^ King A Maz (27 June 2016). "Lindsey Abudei Unveils Art For Debut Album". 360Nobs. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  8. ^ Joey Akan (12 July 2016). "Pulse Album Review: Lindsey Abudei joins Nigerian music royalty with "And The Bass Is Queen"". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  9. ^ Abisola Alawode (6 March 2015). "Lindsey Abudei: 'Out The Magazine'". Leadership Newspaper. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "…And the Bass Is Queen. by Lindsey Abudei on Apple Music". iTunes. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 

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