‘WHEN YOU HAVE NOTHING, IT REALLY PUT’S THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE’ MEET EBENEZER..
3rd July 2020
The music industry can be a tough place to not only be seen or heard but also navigate. MEET this week’s podcast guest Brit Ebenezer.
Born in London, one of three kids raised by his single Nigerian mum, Ebe, as he is known by his friends, watched his mum hustle, deal with almost being deported and experienced homelessness. He says, “Growing up with nothing, really gives you perspective.
Before we got a house, we were sleeping in telephone boxes in bin bags, we didn’t have any money. My mum is the biggest OG I know, my dad wasn’t in my life for the longest as they deported him before I was born. My mum raised me and my older brother, I love my mum to bits, she has suffered so much just to put food on our table and look after her kids.
Once he was old enough Ebenezer’s days were spent dreaming of making music, it’s all he heard growing up, R&B, Hip Hop and Gospel blasting. Writing, singing, rapping and learning to produce his own music led him eventually to America. Impressing one of the most influential A&R’s in the music world Tunji Balogun, a man responsible for signing Kendrick Lamar, Khalid, Wizkid, Goldlink, H.E.R and SZA. This meeting resulted in him becoming hot property with U.K labels all fighting to sign the North London musician.
So after several meetings Ebenezer signed to one of the biggest labels in the U.K, Virgin EMI, wrote songs for other artists all while fine tuning his own sound. He released his debut project ’53 Sundays’ heavily influenced by a conflicted journey with faith growing up. Collaborations followed with some of the freshest names in music like Stefflon Don, A Boogie with da Hoodie, Col3trane, Kranium, Rejiie Snow, Ty Dolla $ign and even Craig David.
But all was not good, he wasn’t happy with the label that didn’t seem to care and management also not guiding his career. So Ebenezer decided to take the brave step and leave starting his next chapter as an independent artist. Releasing EP’s and writing hits for everyone from Pop acts to R&B.