Johnny Drille, the Nigerian alternate singer, has come through with ‘Before We Fall Asleep’, his highly anticipated debut album.


The Mavin Records artiste released the body of work in the early hours of Friday.

The 14-track project enlists music stars like Styl-Plus, legendary R&B group; Don Jazzy, Ladipoe, Ayra Starr, Chylde, Lagos Community Choir, and Chillsoul.

Drille, whose real name is John Ighodaro, taps into the diverse sounds of the aforementioned artists to deliver a body of work that addresses thematic issues bordering on romantic relationships, socio-cultural and political issues.


The project, which draws largely from a blend of American country sound and Afropop, includes tracks like ‘My Kind of Brown’, ‘Loving is harder’, ‘Ludo’, ‘Ova’, ‘Odo’, ‘Driving in the Rain’, ‘Before I Let Go’, ‘In the light’, ‘Clocks’, ‘Lies(To Whom It May Concern)’, ‘Lost in the Rhythm’, ‘Sweet as a mother’s Love’, ‘Sister’, and ‘Sell my Soul’.

Last month, the singer dropped a visual teaser for the project, which saw two men subjecting him to intense beating that left several scars on his body amid his sober reflection.

Drille started his journey in the music scene when he featured as a contestant on the sixth season of Project Fame West Africa in 2013. In 2015, he came through with a cover of ‘Awww’ by Dija, Nigerian singer, who later turned into a label mate.


His unique sound caught the attention of Don Jazzy, CEO of Mavin Records, and he signed with the foremost record label in 2017.

The 31-year-old singer has since then released numerous singles that turned out to be successful with massive reception.

In 2019, he snagged ‘Best Alternative Song’ at the 2019 edition of The Headies.



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