Praise Ugbede Adejo popularly known as Praiz, is a Nigerian R&B songwriter, producer and singer. He was born on 8 March 1984. He is the second child in a family of four children.
Praiz, a native of Igala in Kogi State was born in Lagos but later relocated to Kaduna in 1992 after his father was transferred there on a missionary work.
He has a National Diploma in Computer Science after graduating from Kaduna Polytechnic.
Praiz’s music career hit the limelight after he finished second runner-up at the maiden season of Project Fame West Africa. He is best known for releasing hit singles like “Rich and Famous”, “Sisi” and “I Love You”. He contributed guest vocals to Bez’s 2011 single “That Stupid Song”; the music video for the aforementioned song went on to be the first African video to make a world premiere on BET’s 106 & Park. He is currently signed to X3M Music.
Praiz has worked with several artites including Awilo Longomba, Cobhams, Wizkid, Seyi Shay, Bez and M.I. One of his many works is a song he collaborated with fellow Nigerian artiste Bez on the hit single “That Stupid Song” which went on to be the first African video to make a world premiere on BET’s 106 & Park. On 22 July 2012, he released the hit single titled “Rich and Famous” which got positive reviews and massive airplay thus getting him nominated in several award events. On 14 December 2014, Praiz released his debut studio album titled Rich & Famous.
His style of music is known to be a soul and R&B artiste, Praiz also has a diverse style in making other genres of music, switching up from R&B to afropop with commercially appealing songs like “Oshe” and “Mercy”. He cites Barry White, Michael Jackson, Carl Thompson and Boyz II Men as people who influence his type of music.
He is also involved with some charitable organizations including Safe Motherhood Foundation and Little Big Souls, an organization geared towards helping to reduce premature maternal mortality and assisting women who cannot afford maternal care.
- Bubbling Under
- The Lockdown
- I Love You
- A Woman’s Need
- Rich and Famous
- For You featuring Seyi Shay
- I Love You
- Oshe featuring Awilo Longomba
- Sweet Potato featuring Chidinma
- Sisi featuring Wizkid
- Amazing Grace
- Body Hot
- 2013 – City People Awards – Best Rhythm and Blues Singer of the Year
- 2015 – 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards – Best Pop/R&B Artist of the Year