IT’S no news that fast rising talent singer, Charles Chibueze Chukwu professionally known in the Nigerian entertainment space as Crayon, has carved a unique part for himself in the nation’s music industry at the young age of 22.
Recounting his experience on the way to fame, especially after he was signed to the Don Jazzy led Mavin Records, Crayon said in December 2021, he cried to the extent he was having doubts about his talents, and wondered if he was not talented enough.
While appreciating those who stood by him, the Ijo (Laba Laba) crooner said he has now lost count of how many shows he has attended, adding that the assurance from Don Jazzy and others close to him kept him going and he was ever grateful.
Taking to his Twitter handle CRAYWAY @ Crayonthis, the singer wrote: “I remember going to JAZZY’s house crying to him like baba Wetin dey sup why them dey do like say them no dey see me! Haaaa JAZZY sha! The reassurance everytime! Baba go say calm down! No worry I no dey rush you I understand when your time come you go POP! And you go POP crazy!!!!
“Last year December I was crying a baby like what is happening to me like I’m not talented enough to get gigs abi no be sing too correct, jackpot , sofine , and all those other dope records! But now I’ve lost count of how many shows I have done ! I’m grateful.”
Born in Orile-Iganmu, the young and talented singer from Ebonyi state grew up in Iba area of Lagos state. He is reputed for his mixture of different music genres: pop, afrobeat, Latin and Caribbean rhythms.
He revealed that his passion for music was influenced by his father, who used to sell compact disc (CDs) back in the day, in Victoria Island, Lagos.
“Back in the days, my dad owned a CD rent shop and I spends most of my time there, playing and listening to the music of music greats like Fela, Usher, 50 Cent, Westlife, Wizkid, 2Face Idibia, Drake, Justin Bieber, Bryson Tiller, Davido and many others. This made me had access to a lot of music and influences,” Crayon said.
The singer further revealed that he learned stagecraft from his father’s side hustle as an MC, who was always “so bold and confident, even in the midst of so much activity.”
He stated that his mother, then a fruit seller, loved Igbo gospel songs, adding that few mornings passed when loud, worship songs weren’t blasting from their home.
“All of these are a mix of different sounds and different cultures that shaped my artistry.”
Crayon’s music career could be described as luck-driven, as he was fortunate to meet music producer
Ozedikus, who first recognized his potential at a music studio where he had gone to record a piece of music in 2016.
The ending of 2016 saw a turn up in his career as he team up with neighborhood friend, Nos, and Ozedikus, to record seven tracks.
The same year, he met a friend, K.O.B who gave him ample support. K.O.B had a connection to Mavin through a friend, Seun, who the former gave Crayon’s songs.
Blown away by the songs, Seun put them on repeat mode and played loudly most times. This caught Baby Fresh attention, who went in search of Crayon.
The singer was brought to the limelight on May 31, 2019, when he was unveiled as one of the new signees of Mavin Records. He made his first appearance in the label’s ‘All in Order’, a song that featured Don Jazzy, Korede Bello, DNA, and Rema.