Shout Out Sunday. Interview With Singer/Songwriter Tolu.

Tolu Abraham Adesina is a singer, songwriter, producer, and performer born in Northern Nigeria (Kaduna).  Tolu was raised growing up in a Baptist
Christians Church.  As early as 11, Tolu was already part of the children’s choir of Barnawa Baptist Church where he gained most of his musical experience.  Tolu’s soprano-like vocals were so distinct, it was hard not to notice his musical talent. As his voice grew stronger, he began to lead songs in his church choir.  Tolu’s dream is for his music to reach far beyond Nigeria, but worldwide with the understanding that music is a gift and it is important to be able to give his fans and the world music that is relatable, authentic and different.  Tolu continues to work hard to ensure that his music expands on an international level.  The sky is the limit for Tolu, as he remains relentless in his vision.

When did you start making music?

I started singing since I was 11 in a children’s baptist choir, but I officially started recording when I was 15.  I remember it was a studio in Kaduna, Nigeria where I was born called FOP studios.  It was like a tremendous achievement to me back then, I cherished the CD and protected it like a prized possession.

How would you describe your musical style?

I would call it Afropop, now even though there are many influences from indigenous music to R&B,Soul and Pop.

What inspires your song writing?

Personal experiences, my perception of love, faith and the world.

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Who are your musical icons/influences?

Too many influences over time from Michael Jackson to Boyz II Men to Joe, R. Kelly, Brandy, Brian McKnight and the list is quite long.

Any upcoming projects coming up that you would like to share with readers?

I’ve been doing a university tour so far, I’ve been the Pennsylvania and Hanover there’s more to come.

What’s the craziest thing a fan has ever done to get your attention?

I remember one time a fan liked all my social media pics and sent me long messages on all platforms.  I had to respond, I appreciated the persistence.

What song on your iPod would surprise people?

Hmmm…I doubt there’s any, lol.  I listen only to what I love, which is mostly 90’s R&B into the 2000’s.

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If you could hold on to one memory from your life forever, what would that be?

My first performance at a stadium.  Very memorable, because it’s me and a overwhelming crowd.  I sang the National anthem and to hear them roar the way they did was remarkable.

If you could have witnessed an event in history, Which would you choose and why?

The birth of the internet, why? Because, I’m very curious about science and the creation of the internet fascinated me.  I would have loved to be in that room when it all came together.

What do you want to be remembered for?

My legacy of bringing light to the world with my message of love, my faith and what I believe, that I’m remembered as touching lives with my craft.

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If you could change one thing about your life, What would it be?

I believe I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be on my journey to fulfillment, so I wouldn’t change anything.

How can everyone keep in contact with you on social media?

Instagram: @iamthatolu .  Twitter: @iamthatolu .  Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/iamthatolu .

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